How did you get into derby?
I was living out in Washington state on Joint Base Lewis McChord. I found out that there were two teams on base. I had a one year old and wanted to find something that was just for me and was active. The skating rink was so close to my house that I could walk there. All you needed to get started was a mouth guard and a pair of tights. I walked in the first day, skated and was hooked.
What is the story behind your derby name?
I had just started wReck skating with Ithaca League of Women Rollers and trying to come up with a catchy name. I was sitting in traffic when I saw an “Ithaca is Gorges” bumper sticker. A few minutes later and I became Gorges Curves.
What is your favorite position to play on the track?
I love being the pivot. It is the best of both worlds, being a blocker with the ability to become the jammer. I love sneaky passes and changing the pace of the game with a cover pass.
Any honors you have received while being with OHRD?
I have been so honored to receive “2016 Blocker to watch next season”
Do you have any special rituals/how do you prepare for a bout?
Not really. I try to relax and stay close to my teammates that can absorb my nervous energy.
What are some goals you have for next season?
I really want to work on my jamming and becoming a better pivot this coming season. I just want to be the best I can be and support my team in whatever capacity is needed.
Do you have any hobbies?
When I’m not doing derby, I like to knit, read and be outdoors. And on my commute to and from practice I love listening to RadioLab podcasts.
Do you have any jobs do you have with OHRD, if so what are they?
Next season I will be the league’s HR coordinator and working on sponsorship.
What has been your favorite memory so far while playing with OHRD?
Playing in playoffs at Madison was awesome. I was so nervous and those were the first sanctioned games with Ohio Roller Derby. The games were all fast paced and felt really close the entire time. The team made me feel really welcomed and game me encouragement the entire weekend. When playing against No Coast there were so many moments of finding the groove. That’s what it’s all about – finding your groove as a skater and it fitting in with the flow of your teammates.
Is there any derby gear that you can’t live without?
I cannot live without my arm bands. It seems silly but I can’t keep marker on my arms because I sweat so much.
What is your favorite color?
I really like cool colors – blues, greens, purples, and gray. These colors make me feel relaxed, grounded and focused.
Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in or trying out?
Give it a try. Just put on the skates and let go of your fears. You will fall down and you will get frustrated. But this is an opportunity to overcome adversity of a different kind, but you will have support from amazing skaters, coaches, volunteers, refs, NSOs, fans and a whole derbyverse. And even if it doesn’t work out as a skater, there is always room for you in derby as a volunteer, ref, NSO or even a superfan.
Photos by: Joe Mac