#916 Full Monty

Number of years playing derby:

How did you get into derby?
I discovered accidentally about 3 years ago that roller derby was a real thing. Soon after that discovery I attended a bout and decided I MUST do this, but opportunities weren’t great in the area I was living in at the time. But derby was the first thing I researched when I moved to Columbus (actually, I started researching it as soon as I knew I was moving to Columbus). WannaBe clinics were the first step, then Rec League. Then, as soon as I knew I could commit time to being a skater, there were TRYOUTS!!! So finally, three years after discovering derby, I’m an excited rookie!

Do you have any other hobbies?
I enjoy cycling and recreational skating (like at skate parks, skate rinks, and on trails). I’m also in the process of earning a certificate in Java programming. And I love my pets.

Who inspires you?
Really everyone in the derby community: the volunteers and refs who work so hard at scrimmages and bouts, the trainers that are prepping us on skills, the veteran skaters who have been so welcoming. Also the 2016 rookies…I skated with many of them on Rec League, and it was exciting to see them become OHRD skaters. And then there are my fellow 2017 rookies…so much heart during tryouts. I’m pleased and honored to be part of this group.

What is your sports background?
Different sports at different times. Softball through junior high, tennis in high school, martial arts during and after college, then competitive ballroom dance.

How/Why did you pick your derby name?
For quite some time before derby, I’ve wanted to be called Monty. I also like the meaning of Full Monty (the British expression, taken from Wikipedia): “everything which is necessary, appropriate or possible; ‘the works.’” It gives me something to live up to.

Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals?
I’ll need to work this out once I’m rostered.

Do you have a favorite or signature derby move?
I don’t have any signature moves yet. My absolute favorite move is the apex jump. I’ve never done one but anyone who’s seen a bout knows how awesome they are.

How has derby impacted your life?
I know as time progresses my answer will change. Right now, derby gives me a goal to work towards (passing my skills tests/evaluations and getting on the roster.) It’s also given me peers who are pursuing the same goal, and it’s given me mentors who remember what it was like to be a rookie.

I’ve also gained a new appreciation of duct tape.

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