How did you get into derby?
I was packing up my college apartment after graduation and sorting through stuff when I found an article that mentioned OHRD in an old issue of Bust magazine. The team website mentioned an upcoming wannabe clinic so I signed up on whim. I had never seen a game before and really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had a lot of new found free time to fill and fond memories of a awkward rollerblading phase as a kid. After a couple adrenaline fueled super man slides across the skating rink floor I was completely infatuated, so I guess you could say things are going well.
What is the story behind your derby name?
That moniker was bequeathed to me by Felicious Intent during a rec league scrimmage. I honestly have no recollection as to what particular incident spurned it, but being Stormy on the track has always made it feel like home to me.
What is your favorite position to play on the track?
Pivot! I love what it represents. I enjoy the strategy involved in star passes. I want to be in a position where I can be a stellar blocker but also a mostly competent jammer if that’s what my team is requiring of me.
Any honors you have received while being with OHRD?
2013 write in award-most likely to be seen taking notes at practice
2014 Spirit Award
2015 Gang Green Blocker of the Year
Do you have any special rituals/how do you prepare for a bout?
I usually get to the venue early to help with track setup. Politely nag my coaches/team mates via text to bring me more coffee throughout the morning. I like to sit up in the stands and eat rotisserie chicken and bagged salad while watching the Ohio building get packed in with fans.
What are some goals you have for next season?
I really want to train harder on my footwork and explosiveness. I would love to be on the regular pivot rotation.
Do you have any hobbies?
Outside of derby, I do some competitive trail skating. Columbus is fortunate to have some really fantastic paved trails that are wonderful for all levels of skaters. Outside of skating and fitness, I’ve been working on getting a collection of poetry and short stories published. Is coffee a hobby?
Do you have any jobs with OHRD, if so what are they?
Currently I am captain of Gang Green and I help with our recreation league.
What has been your favorite memory so far while playing with OHRD?
Gosh, am I really supposed to pick only one? Okay, yes games and victories and all that stuff is really motivating and important, but there was this moment at our annual awards gala at the end of 2015 that really sticks out. We went through some major growing pains as a sports league last year. We lost our practice space and didn’t do as well as we wanted at playoffs and our morale had kind of waned in the off season. In that room full of our skaters, our non-skating officials, referees and volunteers; one of my team mates came up to me and we just kind of had this moment. We were looking across that little sea of people, at all the joy in those faces and she said “these are our people and we are gonna be okay.” I think it really reaffirmed to me that the tenacity of Ohio Roller Derby as a league is something that endures and I feel so grateful to get to be a part of that.
Is there any derby gear that you can’t live without?
My S1 helmet. Protecting my noggin is incredibly important to me. I don’t want to worry about my brain getting bonked around with inadequate protection. Ibuprofen.
What is your favorite color?
Teal and purple (is glitter a color?)
I feel like this question is too superficial. It should be something like: What’s your favorite Steve Buscemi film/role? That’s where things get interesting .
Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in skating or trying out?
If you’re interested in skating, then you should absolutely be pursuing that. I recommend getting involved with roller derby to anyone, not just those interested in skating (hey come volunteer/ref/nso!). You will likely find a extraordinary mix of people who are very dedicated to this weird little sport we have all had a hand in creating. Be prepared to be challenged mentally, physically and socially; be prepared to grow as a human. Cross train. Buy the best helmet you can afford. Be prepared to wear crop tops.
Photos by: Joe Mac