#3 Betty T. Kay0

Number of years playing derby:
2.5 years.

How did you get into derby?
While stationed in South Korea, I saw a flier for a local league & decided to lace up my old skates. I skated in my first bout 2 months after joining and never looked back. When I moved back to the states I had to take a break because of, well, life. I lasted about 5 months before hunting down a local league and getting back into it. Best sport EVER!

What are your other hobbies?
I love to travel, experience new places, & explore nature. I can be crafty, which usually ends up with me getting random spurts of inspiration for projects that sometimes never get finished. I prefer staying in with good company rather than going out. Food… is that a hobby? It should be.

Who inspires you?
My son. While teaching him about life, he reminds me what it’s all about. He finds new ways each day to inspire me which usually goes hand in hand with making my heart skip a beat.

My teammates. As a transfer skater, they were all very welcoming and I feel like I have learned SO much in such a short time. They’re an incredibly strong & diverse group of dedicated skaters who support each other to the fullest, on and off the track.

My family. They have never stopped believing in me & have always supported me no matter what.

What is your sports background?
I have been involved in sports since I was very young to include softball, volleyball, & basketball. I also boxed competitively for a few years after high school.

How/why did you pick your derby name?
It’s a combination of an old nickname and my boxing past.

Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals?
I focus on eating a good meal the night before and make sure I get enough sleep. Pre-bout I tend to listen to music which helps me get my mind right.

Do you have a favorite or signature derby move?
Doing all the things on the skates.

How has derby impacted your life?
Derby has changed my life in so many ways and really helped me find myself. It has taught me that it’s okay to be a strong, independent woman. It has restored my faith in humanity. Roller derby is the best sport ever and the community that comes with it cannot be beat.

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