How did you get into derby?
In 2006, I was living in Eugene, Oregon and my sister was living in Baltimore. She told me she’d recently been to a Charm City roller derby bout and thought I would love it. I went up to Portland with a group of friends to see the Rose City Rollers. We were in the crash zone, screaming out heads off, and I just fell in love. I immediately put an ad on Craigslist in Eugene to start a league and became a founding member of the Emerald City Roller Girls. Derby has been my greatest passion since.
What is the story behind your derby name?
Burnadeath came from a my friend, George who suggested it because of a DC comic villain. She’s in the Furies and I’ve always loved the Greek myths about goddesses of vengeance.
What is your favorite position to play on the track?
I play all positions, and I like to do whatever my coach asks, although I’m not sure he would agree. I’m always working on my jamming mental game.
Any honors you have received while being with OHRG?
I’ve been a “Blocker to watch,” “Team player,” and “Breakout player.” I’m really proud of these, and display my sweet trophies. However, I think my biggest honor is hearing from teammates that they like being in a pack with me.
How do you prepare for a bout?
I usually do a short run in the morning, help load the supply truck for bout production, and have a hearty egg breakfast. I have a love hate relationship with 5 hour energy shots, as they make me a little twitchy, but I generally shoot one. Bigg Rigg and I go through a ritual of applying an essential oil for courage and putting on eye black. That part is critical.
What are some goals you have for next season?
I’m working on increasing the frequency of my weightlifting, and out of derby cross training including more parkour. I will be lower in my stance, and my stops will be more precise and unyielding. As a team, I’m looking forward to increasing our athleticism and cohesion, and deepening our jammer pool.
Do you have any hobbies?
Knitting, gardening, cooking, reading, amateur parkour, behavior management of a testy Chihuahua.
Do you have any jobs do you have with OHRG, if so what are they?
Nope, but I should. I’m looking to take over managing the merchandise for the league.
What has been your favorite memory so far while playing with OHRG?
I really loved playing Boston on their home track in 2014. Our teamwork was so solid, and I was pleased with my play. ur win was unexpected which made it so sweet. Plus we played two games the next day and I was majorly proud of our stamina and versatility.
Is there any derby gear that you can’t live without?
I love my Blue Streak skates. The Smacktavist has a skate shop in Columbus, and I enjoy trying out every new item they suggest.
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Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in skating or trying out?
I used to spectate in life, encouraging partners, friends, colleagues, clients to achieve their potential. When I started derby, I stopped spectating and realized that I’m capable of way more than I imagined. Any new skater is going to struggle, get discouraged and have triumphs. It’s totally worth it. And if you let it, you’ll be changed by derby in every non-derby aspect of your life.
Photographs by: Joe Mac
Interview by: BerMurder Triangle