How did you choose your derby name?
Galvatron is the rebirth of Megatron in Transformers the Movie. He is even more badass than Megatron, is royal purple and has a crown, turns into a cannon instead of just a gun, and has the voice of Leonard Nimoy. I capitalize it GalVaTron to emphasis the Gal part and the Tron part, because I also love the movie Tron a whole heck of a lot. Uber nerd.
Tell us about what you do for the league. What are your goals this year for your position with OHRG?
I am a Non-Skating Official and am certified Level 2 on an international level with WFTDA (don’t get excited, there are 5 levels). I specialize in scorekeeping, inside whiteboarding, lineup tracking, and sometimes jam timing. I have done these at home games, travel games, and tournaments including multiple WFTDA Playoff Tournaments and one year at WFTDA Championships. At home I use all the stuff I’ve learned on the road and through officiating clinics to train new NSOs and keep scrimmages running.
How did you get involved with derby in the first place?
I got involved wanting to be a skater. I was in a high speed car accident and decided to really start living my life, so I tried out weeks later still with neck injuries. Not the smartest idea. But they admired my moxy and put me on the NSO track while I worked on skate skills for being on the Rec League and possibly the team. But injuries and complications abounded and I knew NSOing was the place for me. Of course I also fell in love with Kill C Grammar and followed him to tournaments and games all over the country the past 5 years so that helped sway my decision. No regrets. YOLO. Derby for life. And traveling derby people are amazing. I have met so many friends along the way.
What is your favorite derby moment from this past season?
Well I am supposed to be impartial but I was really taken aback by some of the Smacktivist’s high-flying antics and a little teary at the last jam by Outta My Wayman. But I kept my NSO face. Mostly.
What is a goal you have for next season?
Well I have to recertify and Kill C really wants me to go with him and officiate in Japan so that would be a big deal. With the league I would like to focus on my training of other NSOs and hopefully get our newer NSOs trained on multiple positions. And of course maybe convince a few of them to travel. We’ve always got room in the Tronmobile.
What do you enjoy doing on your spare time?
Spare time? I am looking for a part time job and I go to school part time and (sadly) have health challenges. I have a dangerous habit of Netflix and kitty cuddling and Facebook. I read comics and graphic novels and the “to-read stack” is always growing not shrinking.
What is your favorite color?
I know I am not supposed to say this because Steel City is OHRG’s great rival and the Steelers are Cleveland’s (my hometown) but I gotta go with yellow and black. I guess I’m a contrarian. Though goodness knows my wardrobe has been bathed in kelly green and black the past 5 years. And yellow, kelly, and black look smashing together.
Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in reffing, coaching or volunteering?
DO IT!!!! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! I tried reffing and I will admit it is hard but it does get better and if you can skate well enough that you don’t have to think about it you will have a much better time (refs generally have to have skate skills equal to skaters, but we are willing to train). I don’t know about coaching but I am sure it is rewarding though stressful as heck. Volunteering and NSOing are where it’s at. You don’t have to skate to be involved with derby in a meaningful way that contributes to the game, the league, and the roller derby movement as a whole. And derby family is so wonderful…officials make an amazing nationwide network of awesome people. Official positions and skills transfer very well to officiating men’s derby and juniors as well (but please don’t leave us!) If you want to one day be a skater, there is no better path than through NSOing to learn the rules and game mechanics while working your way through the Wannabe and Rec League processes. Or you can be an official and just do Rec League for fun. Whatever. So many options. DO IT!!!
Interview by: BerMurder Triangle