Brock Slamson, SO

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?
Ummm… comp-uters?

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.

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