How did you get into derby?
When I was in college I found out about OHRD, but at the time they were 21+ and I wasn’t. I guess by the time I turned 21 I’d decided I was too busy with school to try to make it work. In graduate school I went to a fresh meat boot camp hosted by Roc City Roller Derby (Rochester, NY) and promptly realized how much of a “real sport” roller derby is (I was so exhausted from just 2 hours of trying to skate around and learn skills!). Coupled with the realization that I was also trying to go to school, teach, and work, my derby dream got put on hold once again. In 2012 I moved to Mount Vernon, OH, for work, and on a whim googled “roller derby Knox County” and found an article online about a local team that had just formed! I joined immediately and skated with them until 2017, when I decided I wanted to see how far I could go with derby and joined OHRD.
What are your other hobbies?
All varieties of grandmotherly crafts (particularly knitting and quilting), seeing what weird things I can make with Arduinos, trying to unlock the mysteries of 3D printing, and games (video and otherwise).
Who inspires you?
Anyone who fights the good fight helping others, even if it means getting beat down over and over. Not many have the perseverance to affect change.
What is your sports background?
I did swim team as a kid, and attended a high school where team sports were required every season. This means I can play a lot of sports very poorly.
How/why did you pick your derby name?
It’s a play off of Higgs boson, which is a particle named after Peter Higgs. He and François Englert won the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering it in 2013. But! When I started roller derby, they were still trying to prove its existence at CERN in Switzerland by shooting protons around a nearly 17-mile-long circular tunnel (at about 11,000 times a second!) and then smashing them into each other in front of a detector to see what happens. Science! So I figured hey, we skate around a circular track and smash into each other, and if I change one letter in Higgs boson I get a reference to boobs. Perfect.
Do you have any pre or post bout rituals?
When possible, I try to play Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz” as my afterparty exit song.
Do you have a favorite or signature derby move?
I’ll have to work on this one…
How has derby impacted your life?
When I moved back here, I didn’t know anyone. Roller derby gave me the chance to meet and work with strong women from diverse backgrounds that I might not have gotten to know otherwise. I’m incredibly thankful to derby for giving me such a great group of people to call my friends, and the ability to give back to the community in new and fun ways.
Any other fun facts about yourself?
Though my name references particle physics, I’m mostly like that science dog meme.