I like the challenge of it – to see how far I can push myself without dying.
How long have you been playing roller derby?
I’ve been playing since early 2008. I got my start with the Rollergirls of Central Kentucky (ROCK) and came to SCDC in July of 2014.
You primarily play as a jammer. Tell us about your jamming style. Do you have any particular strategies?
I can’t give away all my secrets! I just try to anticipate blockers’ moves, and if they catch me, keep getting back up and keep bothering them until they let me through!
What other sports have you played and how have they helped you with roller derby?
I ran track in junior high. That’s it. I was never very good at sports when I was younger, but I’ve always enjoyed general fitness – running and weight lifting and making myself stronger. I think knowing how to train off-skates has helped me a lot.
What is your favorite thing to practice?
Endurance and hitting drills. I don’t feel like it was a good practice if I’m not crawling out to the parking lot afterwards.
What is your least favorite thing to practice?
Getting in my car and driving to the rink. Once I’m there, I’m good, but I’ve got the soul of a couch potato.
Who is your biggest hero on the track?
Suzy Hotrod. She was the first skater I ever saw who made me say, “Wow! I want to do that!” And now that I know them, all of SCDC – I’m so impressed by the way they set goals and go after them with one mind.
Who is your biggest hero off the track?
Probably my parents. I don’t think they realize how much they’ve taught me about motivation and determination.
What is your favorite motivational quote?
“Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life a champion.” – Muhammad Ali
What is one thing that you wish you knew when you were just starting out in derby?
How much a part of my life it would become, and how much it would change me.
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