How did you get into derby?
I started playing in South Korea after seeing the local league being promoted on FB, which piqued my interest. After one practice, I was hooked!
What is the story behind your derby name?
It’s a combination of an old nickname and my boxing past.
What is your favorite position to play on the track?
My favorite position on the track is wherever I am being the most beneficial to my team. I am pretty versatile and enjoy blocking, jamming, and pivoting. It’s much less important to me to have an assigned role and more important to know that I am benefiting my team. It is such a great feeling when we all come together and can predict each other’s movements. THAT is my fav.
Any honors you have received while being with OHRD?
I’ve received multiple MVP awards for blocking and I recently became a full charter member, which is an honor in itself. The biggest honor is being a member of OHRD.
Do you have any special rituals/how do you prepare for a bout?
I make an effort to hydrate really well the week prior to a bout and eat a good meal the night before. On bout day I listen to music ranging from Slipknot to Biggie to get my mind right.
What are some goals you have for this season?
I want to work on making everything I have learned up to this point second nature when on the track. I have also been working on improving my upper body strength. Lastly, I have been focusing on playing a clean game.
Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors/exploring nature, and occasionally getting crafty.
Do you have any jobs do you have with OHRD, if so what are they?
I help manage sponsorship.
What has been your favorite memory so far while playing with OHRD?
My favorite memory so far is when we won by one point against Houston at a tournament in St. Louis a few months ago. We really put in work that day and came together as a team to pull off the win.
Is there any derby gear that you can’t live without?
My skates, even though they are on their last leg. When I lace them up it’s impossible to be anything but happy!
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Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in skating or trying out?
It can be intimidating to get started but just go for it. Either you will quickly realize that it’s not for you or it will change your life. Either way it will most likely be a good experience and you’ll meet some amazing people!
Photos by: Matthew Hatcher