How did you get into derby?
I was fairly new to Columbus, working from home, and an introvert by nature, so one day I was complaining about not knowing anybody or having many friends when my boyfriend suggested I try roller derby. I’d bugged him to go skating with me previously at the rink, so he knew it was something I enjoyed. I Googled it and found out about WannaBe Clinics, went to my first one, and was hooked.
What is the story behind your derby name?
There’s not much of a story, really. I wanted a derby name that incorporated my real name, mainly because I didn’t think I would have the mental capacity to know when someone called me by a different name in the middle of the chaos that is roller derby. I’m not very good at puns so this was the best I could come up with.
What is your favorite position to play on the track?
I like playing all of the positions! I don’t much enjoy how exhausting jamming is, but it really is fun, especially if you’re not the one stuck behind the pack for 2 minutes. Blocking is cool because it’s more of a team dynamic, and it feels so dang good when you and your buds make a sweet stop. Pivoting is like the best of both worlds… or maybe the worst of both worlds on occasion.
Any honors you have received while being with OHRD?
Last year at our end of year awards banquet I had the honor of being voted both Jammer to Watch and Rookie of the Year!
Do you have any special rituals/how do you prepare for a bout?
Nah, not really. I’m probably the least prepared person for bouts. Goals for 2018? I think so.
What are some goals you have for this season?
Be prepared for bouts! Improve my stamina so jamming isn’t so exhausting. Get better at edging and positional blocking.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like snakes. My fiance and I have about 30 something snakes. I also enjoy building things/wood working.
Do you have any jobs with OHRD? If so, what are they?
I’m on the production team. Last year I helped with fan engagement and coordinated music for the bouts.
What has been your favorite memory so far while playing with OHRD?
My favorite memory so far is probably my first real bout. I was so nervous, pretty much hyperventilating, and everyone was so sweet and supportive and helped me get myself together. To top it off, we won!
Is there any derby gear that you can’t live without?
Gotta be my kneepads. I fall on my knees all. the. time. They definitely get the most work out of my gear.
What is your favorite color?
Lime green is the best color.
Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in skating or trying out?
Just do it. Even if you don’t think you’d be good at it or can’t make the time commitment, there are so many possible levels of Rec League now that even if you can only do twice a month, that’s fine, and your skate skills improve so fast. It’s a great workout, and you’ll have a sweet butt. Not to mention all of the friends you’ll meet along the way!
Photos by Chase Diem.