How did you get into derby?
I was a fan, then my S.O. joined Rec League, later made the team, but decided to retire. By that time I had fallen in love with the sport and was starting to referee. My S.O. is still a fan, but now she is also cheering for Team Pink Zebra.
Do you have any other hobbies?
What is your favorite derby memory thus far?
Watching the Championships in 2013.
Who inspires you?
Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
How/why did you pick your derby name?
Brock Samson, from the Venture Brothers. I couldn’t think of a good ‘Monarch’ or ’21’ derby related name.
Do you have any pre or post bout rituals?
I like to start covering up my stripes and doing some pre-bout jam/dance skating, since I have to be professional and not dance during the game.
How has derby impacted your life?
It’s given me a group of friends and colleagues whom I respect and can always count on, whether skating or non, when I’ve made a bone-head call and need their input. It’s also made me very good at dodging fast-moving people and objects and taught me how to avoid poles.