Interview by Scarlett Harlett
1) How did you find out about Sick Town, and what made you decide to give it a try?
In September of last year a few friends and I came to the fairgrounds for a beer tasting event. Coincidentally there was a bout going on at the same time, so we went and watched the second half. I was mesmerized by it all: the welcoming and eager to educate volunteers, the loyal fans, and most of all, the admirable athleticism, teamwork and communication skills of the players. Those traits are applicable not only in the sport of derby, but in life, and after watching that bout I knew I wanted to use derby as a way to improve those traits in myself.
2) What goes on in your life outside of derby?
Outside of derby I go to school full-time, work as much as I can, and spend the rest of my time with my husband, family and friends. My life is busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
3) Do you have any pre-scrimmage rituals to get you pumped up?
My only pre-scrimmage ritual is to arrive early and sit in my car to reflect and breathe through my nerves. Sometimes I try to visualize skills or strategies I want to try, to remind myself of the steps I need to take to accomplish them. After a few minutes of that I walk into scrimmage nervous, but ready for anything.
4) What has derby taught you?
So far, the most important lesson that derby has reinforced for me is that nothing can be attained without HARD work. It was difficult for me to start this sport knowing nothing about it and having minimal skills for it. However with patience, practice, optimism and a few bruises, I’ve come this far and I am determined to continue improving my skills and celebrating my accomplishments.
5) Blocker, Jammer, Pivot. Which part do you prefer to play more and why?
The more I practice, the more I prefer jamming. The adrenaline rush I get from breaking through a pack of opposing blockers mostly untouched is an addiction that I want to keep fueling.
6) What is something that most people don’t know, or would never guess about you?
Well this is a little ironic, but most people would never guess that I play roller derby. I’m quiet and reserved, non-confrontational and small in size. People are shocked when I tell them, and then they’re excited!
7) What is something you would like to accomplish in derby by the end of the year?
By the end of the year I hope to be more confident in all of my skating skills, have a dynamic understanding of all of my team’s strategies, and to have competed in several bouts.
8) What are the most common misconceptions about roller derby or the skaters?
The most common assumption that I get questions about are how much of it is “staged” or just for show. My response: none of it. It’s a sport that takes precision skill, athleticism and teamwork. I encourage those that question it to come and watch.
9) Everyone in the league plays important roles and pitch in to make the league run. What do you do, other than be awesome on your skates?
I’m very excited to share that I recently took on the position of “Sponsorship Coordinator” for the league. I will be looking for future potential sponsors, as well as maintaining strong relationships with our current sponsors. I am proud to be contributing to the success of our league. We wouldn’t all be able to play this sport we love without everyone’s help.
10) Do you see yourself still playing derby 5, 10 years from now?
As long as I am physically able, I will be playing derby!