How did you get into derby?
I heard about it many years ago and wanted to get into it, but didn’t have a car, kept forgetting it was a real thing, etc. I eventually made my way to my first bout in New York and was committed to learning how to play before the first whistle, so I waited six months for the next intake and haven’t stopped!
Do you have any other hobbies?
I like being outside and hiking, delving into astrology and tarot type things, dabbling with a few instruments, but my favorite thing to do is spend time with my horse. (And dog and cat, but the horse is my ride or die, ya know?)
Who inspires you?
Junior derby players and their fearlessness. All of my wonderful teammates. The queer, trans, and nonbinary folk involved with WFTDA.
What is your sports background?
I’ve been involved with equestrian sports since I was a really young kid, but derby has motivated me to step up my overall fitness and I now cross train off skates regularly to build strength and endurance, and to try to prevent injury. This year I’m also trying to get to a yoga class once or twice a week because I think it will be very beneficial for my overall flexibility and to help stretch before and after all the other hard work for the week is put in!
How/Why did you pick your derby name?
I’m queer as heck and have a cheeky, silly attitude. The number is related to the first Stonewall riot (6/28/69). I also picked it because I present femme, and visibility is important to me.
Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals?
Pre: Kale chips and fruit leather
Post: After party.
Do you have a favorite or signature derby move?
Putting my weight on the wrong leg, usually.
How has derby impacted your life?
It has impacted my relationship with myself, predominantly. Everything I do now is based around what’s going to make me a better skater and a better athlete. I feel like whatever path I was on before, derby has picked me up off of it and put me on this new, oval shaped one, and it’s pretty great.
Any other fun facts about yourself?
I went dog sledding for a week once and I’ve lived in five states.