Amy Spears

How did you get into derby?
In 2005, I hemmed and hawed about joining up until I finally got the confidence up to walk in the door. Three practices later, I was scrimmaging, and the rest is (a decade of) skating history. I decided I’m on the “Ten Years On, One Year Off” plan, and am taking a role off wheels this year.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Derby ate them all. But on occasion, I do still knit and do other general crafty things.

What is your favorite derby memory thus far?

Being on the track for the last jam of our game v. Rat City at Champs in 2013. Knowing that all we had to do was wait out the clock and we’d sealed a win on our first trip to champs was unbelievable.

How/why did you pick your derby name?
It’s my real name. I had a derby name, but I only used it for about 3 years. She’s long gone.

How has derby impacted your life?
By pretty much taking it over. I served on OHRG’s board of directors for five years, our training committee for five, and have done lots of odd jobs for the league. In addition, I became one of our reps to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in 2008, and started volunteering shortly thereafter. I worked with the Apprentice League Program and later became the Membership chair, then the Membership Pillar Officer. In May 2015 I was elected as Vice President of the Board of Directors for WFTDA, so I’m currently taking on a whole new level of involvement in the sport.

Any other fun facts about yourself?
I can move my nose like a hamster. I’ve only ever met one person who can do it.

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