Interview by Rollin’ Rebel # 50
Rebel: How long have you been involved in Roller Derby?
Way-Laid: I started with Sick Town last March. So…. about 15 months.
Rebel: How did you get involved in this sport?
Way-Laid: I kept seeing a sign on the way to work. Every day it would ask “Do you wanna do Roller Derby?” and I would be like “YES!” When I saw a flier for a bout I had to go. Then the info for the new skater day and the announcers talking about it convinced me that this is where I belong.
Rebel: What are your roles with Sick Town? Position, board member, part of a committee?
Way-Laid: I generally play as a blocker. I like the quick pickup of catching the jammer after she thinks she is through the pack. Off the track I work with the New Recruits Committee.
Rebel: What motivates you to put your skates on when you feel like staying home instead?
Way-Laid: My daughter. If I try to skip practice she will tell me that she is going to be a Candy Striper and I have to set a good example (insert over the top dramatization here).
Rebel: What do you enjoy about Roller Derby?
Way-Laid: I like that Derby is a lifestyle and a family. Everyone that is involved has an unwavering love for the sport. The players are supportive and encouraging. So much more so than what you would find with other sports or activities.
Rebel: Have you been involved in other competitive sports? What were they and what was your favorite?
Way-Laid: I was a varsity wrestler in high school. It was interesting being a girl trying to break into a boy’s sport.
Rebel: Please tell us a little about yourself that we normally wouldn’t know about you.
Way-Laid: I was born and raised in Small Town, USA in Northern California. The busy rush of Corvallis and Albany took some getting used to, but in ten years I am finally learning to live with all the traffic. I spend my days as an accountant. My nights are spent with the light and the love of my life: My 9 year-old daughter and my husband. In the rest of my free time I hike, bike, garden, and eat. nommmnommnomm.