How did you get into derby?
I started playing in 2010. I met some roller derby girls at a roller skating rink and joined a rec league near Cleveland. Then I joined NEO Roller Derby in October 2010.
What is the story behind your derby name?
That’s a secret from college. The “Elektra” is the most important part to me. I’ve been considering dropping “Magneto”
What is your favorite position to play on the track?
Hmm, I like all the positions. Although I will say, I get a lot more personal satisfaction from jamming. There’s something about jamming where you have one goal and you know whether or not you have succeeded. Did you score more points than the other jammers? Blocking is trickier to measure success. You’re going to get passed by the jammer, that happens. I like blocking and love pivoting but my heart is with jamming. That just means I need to get better at it so I can do it in games and scrimmage!
Any honors you have received while being with OHRD?
2014 GG Pivot of the Year and GG Jammer’s Best Friend
2015 GG Pivot of the Year
Do you have any special rituals/how do you prepare for a bout?
When I was with NEO my mom made me eggs on bout day. Now I have to make my own eggs
Other than that I like to go on a short run. And I have to wear my lucky bout bra. (Say bout bra out loud, I LOVE alliteration)
What are some goals you have for this season?
Be healthy? I had an unlucky string of illness/injuries last season so I really want to focus on doing what’s best for my body. I also really want to remember to have fun and work on self-improvement. I can’t control whether I’m better than player X or player X gets better than me. I can only improve myself. Other goals: work on explosiveness, being a good wall butt and not just getting pushed out, working on figuring out how to be a good brace that can work with/remember each teammate’s bracing preferences. I have others but these are my immediate focus.
Do you have any hobbies?
You mean besides derby? Well I work full time, am working on a PhD, do lots with derby, and try to exercise outside of derby. Does watching Disney channel with my cat Martin count as a hobby? That’s about the only other thing I do/have time for in my life.
Do you have any jobs do you have with OHRD, if so what are they?
Interleague Liaison (I work on scheduling opponents/away games and am the point of contact with other leagues. Mostly I try to not only give us a great/competitive season but also try to make us have good relationships with other leagues. I like to be liked!)
WFTDA Rep (WFTDA is like the NBA of roller derby except it’s all skater owned and operated. So as a WFTDA Rep, I ferry information back and forth from the league and the bigger WFTDA community)
WFTDA Online Learning Committee (I do small jobs on this committee for WFTDA. Wish I could do more but, time!)
What has been your favorite memory so far while playing with OHRD?
Well I’m going to pick this particularly memory because it combines both my experiences with NEO and OHRD. So my very first derby game ever was with NEO against OHRD Gang Green in the Ohio Building. I’d been playing for maybe 5 months. So one memory from that game is that obviously I was one of the worst NEO players and I remember someone on OHRD screaming “trap blue helmet” because I was wearing a blue helmet. I was so sad. I was like why me? Later, when I joined OHRD, I watched video of the game and realized who that turd OHRD player was! But we’ve sorted it out. My other favorite memory from that game was getting lead jammer for the first time ever in a game!
Is there any derby gear that you can’t live without?
Well I really hate change. I had my last pair of skates for 5 years and just finally switched. Even though I had bought new skates 2 years ago, and actually a new pair before that that I never wore and ended up selling.
What is your favorite color?
Yellow and orange. (Dandelions and sunflowers are my favorite!!)
Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in skating or trying out?
First of all, roller derby is a sport, so if you’re serious about it, exercise! Work on strength (don’t forget core), endurance, and plyometric movements. Persistence and dedication are important. You can’t get better if you don’t practice and you’ll definitely fall down a lot at first. But don’t give up.