Number of years playing derby:
2.5 in Rec League. This is my first year on the team!
How did you get into derby?
I moved to Columbus and had no friends and decided I needed a hobby. I liked roller skating, so my boyfriend suggested trying to get into roller derby.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I like building things with wood. Anything DIY is my favorite thing. My motto is why buy it when you can BUILD IT?! I really want to learn how to weld.
Who inspires you?
Oh my gosh this whole team is such an inspiration. Just knowing that all of these bad ass babes started at the same place I am now is such an inspiration.
What is your sports background?
Uh, I did debate in high school. Does that count? I think I might have watched a sports game once.
How/Why did you pick your derby name?
I was torn between skating under my real name or a derby name. Came up with Jessica Rabid to sort of do both. I was afraid I wouldn’t realize people were talking to me if they called me by anything other than Jessica, haha.
How has derby impacted your life?
It has given me the courage to try to do things I didn’t think I could do. If someone would have told me a few years ago that I’d be doing crazy maneuvers with wheels strapped to my feet I would have laughed in their faces. I love trying new things and pushing myself now, and falling down doesn’t even suck because I know that means I’m trying.
Any other fun facts about yourself?
I keep and breed snakes! Boa constrictors and western hognoses.