How long have you been playing roller derby?
I have been playing roller derby on and off since 2011.
What is your favorite thing about roller derby?
I love the fact that I get so focused on the game, I forget I'm actually getting a workout.
What position do you primarily play? Tell us about your blocking style. Do you have any particular strategies?
I play whatever positions the team needs me to play; I jam and block and play pivot. I got my first derby name (Spider Monkey) based on my skating style, I look like a spider monkey when I skate. I bounce around and move a lot.
What other sports have you played and how have they helped you with roller derby?
Roller derby was my first team sport. I currently do a little bit of Bujinkan (martial arts) along with derby.
How did you get into Derby?
I was running the track really late at night, and met a derby player (Flash). We asked each other why we were running, and she said she wanted to get more endurance for roller derby. I asked her about derby, since I was thinking about playing ice hockey and had never heard of derby. I came out to a practice and the rest is history.
What is your favorite thing to practice? What is your least favorite thing to practice?
My favorite thing to practice is scrimmaging! I don't really have a least favorite, but my toes do not enjoy excessive toe stop drills.
Who is your biggest hero on the track? Who is your biggest hero off the track?
My roller derby hero is Kyle Stark (St. Louis Gatekeepers), he was a great coach and helped me a lot when I started derby. His strategy and resourcefulness make him dangerous on the track.
My non derby hero is Linus Torvalds, after I compiled my first kernel I gained a new found respect for anyone who can do that and release it for free.
How do you stay motivated?
I binge watch seasons of Dragonball and Dragonball Z.
What is one thing that you wish you knew when you were just starting out in derby?
I wish I would have known more about strength training and nutrition. When I was first starting out protein and recovery shakes would have been great to have.