Canadian Bacon, #49

Name: Canadian Bacon
Number: 49
Age: 37

What is your skating position?
As obnoxiously all over the opposing jammer as possible.

Where did you grow up?
England and Canada

What do you do for a living?
I'm a geology professor at CSUF.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Knitting!

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
ALL. OF. THEM. Competitively: 20 years of rowing; close to a decade of rugby; and like six years of triathlon, bike races & obstacle course runs. Also wide array of high school sports: basketball, volleyball, wrestling, flag football, badminton, tennis & soccer.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Nope!

What's your pump up song?
Pink Floyd's “On The Turning Away”

What is a fun fact about you?
Bacon is not my favorite food.

Favorite food?
Right now: figs. Go to: pizza. Best breakfast: something with smoked salmon and capers. Best meal: rucola salad with bresaola and parmesano when I went to Rome. Also I could name like 10 more things because I really and truly cherish good food.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Teleporting

Who is your derby crush?
Smarty Pants

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
Moved away from the land of my long time sports of rowing and rugby, and derby filled the void!

How long have you been involved with derby?
I'm well into my 9th season now.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
I was given the name "The Canadian Crusher" when I first started derby, and it never quite felt right- too serious. A couple months in we were doing "swimmers" (an ab workout) and the trainer told us to move faster, and then he said "sizzle like bacon in a pan" for some reason and I knew what my name was meant to be. My number is 49, as in degrees of latitude north, where Canada is.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Running on skates was the easiest to learn. Transitions have been the hardest.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
Personal? Or someone else's? Come ask me in person, I bet it changes every time - so many stories! There was this one time when…

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It's allowed me to meet and be friends with people I would not ordinarily get to meet employed as a rock doctor at a university.

What one piece of gear would you recommend?
A can do attitude.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Give it a try, and don't be afraid to fail, to fall or to ask someone to show you how they do something you want to learn.

Polly Pocket Rocket, #19

Name: Polly Pocket Rocket
Number: 19
Age: Isn’t an issue

What is your skating position?
Blocker

Where did you grow up?
Born and raised in Orange County

What do you do for a living?
Mortgage Project Manager

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
What else is there other than derby? I mean really?!?! Hiking, spending time with my family, framily and friends.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
None. Skated some when I was younger. If only derby had been around for kids then!!!

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I had some roller figure skating classes when I was younger and went to the roller rink with school. It was NOTHING for many years :-)

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
LOL that I play roller derby.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I moved back to OC a year ago (March 2016) –it was a sudden, unplanned move and I had been living in Ventura for 12 years. After about 8 months of getting settled, I realized I needed to get out and DO something and meet people. Sitting on my couch on a Sunday watching football trying to think of something I really wanted to do… BOOM derby! Emailed the league on Sunday, Wednesday was orientation, signed up and started a week and ½ later. 

How long have you been involved with derby?
I started with OCRD in Oct 2016.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
Thanks to Lezlie Gropes… the day I passed min skills, Jukes called me Polly Pocket, Lez cranked it up a notch with Polly Pocket Rocket. I loved it more than anything else I had been thinking about.

Do you have a signature move?
Standing straight up – still working on keeping my butt down!!!

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Easiest - right side transitions (left still sucks). Hardest – plow stops (still a work in progress)

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
My first bout on 3/18. I had about 20 people in my cheering section with signs and everything. Every player on both teams played hard, but we still had a great time and laughed a lot with both teams. It was amazing!

What is your favorite derby story so far?
Not sure one sticks out.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
The amazing people I would meet – I would have joined sooner.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Really in two ways. (1) Having never played team sports before – to be surrounded by such an amazing group of woman is truly inspiring. I learn something every time we are together from their diversity, strength and smarts. (2) That I can DO this. It is an empowering sport! I still have much to learn and grow, but every day is progress.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
DO It! You will have days once you join where you will ask “what did I get myself into?” and then you will have days where you walk away from practice saying “I GOT THIS!”. The I GOT THIS days become more frequent and it’s a blast to skate with these amazing woman.

Shanrock, #48

Name: Shanrock
Number: 48
Age: 21

What is your skating position? 
Blocker

Where did you grow up? 
Bellflower

What do you do for a living?
Makeup Artist

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Going to concerts, crocheting, and making cupcakes

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Powderpuff football, volleyball, basketball

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
No

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
13 Years of Kung Fu. 2nd Degree Blackbelt.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I got involved in derby from watching a bout. I wanted to join because I wanted to be part of an amazing group of strong females.

How long have you been involved with derby?
7 years

What’s the story behind your derby name and number? How did you pick yours?
My brother came up with my derby name. My lucky number is 4, double it you get 8. #48

Do you have a signature move?
Hitting a skater out of bounds and skating all the way to the back of the pack to make the skater start over again.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Easiest: T Stop; Hardest: 180 turns going to the right.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
I don’t have one.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
When I was in Blockwork Orange, and we were skating against team Cruz on the bank track, I made Demanda Riot hit the railing and stopped her in her tracks. No one else could catch her.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
I wish I knew the confidence boost I would get from it.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It changed my perspective on me. I could do things I thought I could never do before.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
This will be a part of you until the day you die. This sport is unique, engaging, and most important of all empowering. 

Jukes of Hazzard, #01

Name: Jukes of Hazzard
Number: 01
Age: 33

What is your skating position?
Jammer

Where did you grow up?
Long Beach, CA

What do you do for a living?
Special education teacher / wilderness therapy for troubled youth

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I love playing sports, surfing, slack lining, rock climbing, camping, gardening, extreme slip and sliding and stand up paddle boarding with my dog Gus.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Basketball, softball, soccer, and women’s football

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I played inline hockey as a kid.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have written poems that were published.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
Tank (a fellow teammate) recruited me.

How long have you been involved with derby?
A year and 4 months

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
Girls from the league picked it for me because when I first started I was a hazard. So the league would call me hazard but as I've progress and gotten better I am now referred to as jukes because of my juking skills.

Do you have a signature move?
Jukes for daysssss!!!!

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Easiest was transitions.  Hardest was plows.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
RollerCon

What is your favorite derby story so far?
So many, can’t pick one!

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
That I would meet some of the most amazing people I've ever met.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It has given me a positive community where I feel accepted, appreciated and loved.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Do it!!! It's an amazing sport and community to be part of.

WoundHer Woman, #99

Name: WoundHer Woman
Number: 99
Age: 41

What is your skating position?
Blocker

Where did you grow up?
Lakewood, CA

What do you do for a living?
I get to tell people what to do with their money to make money.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
My family is my world.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Soccer was my sport. 12 years, 18 teams, 6 were co-ed.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby? I want to thank Skate Depot in Cerritos.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I've had 4 kids not just the 3 you see. My angel is always with me.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
In 2010ish, my friend Becca called me up and said I got this flier (OCRG) and we have to do Roller Derby. I was all for it. I started asking for skates every Christmas. Not until Dec 2015 did I get my first pair of skates.

How long have you been involved with derby?
January 2, 2016 was my very first practice. I've been rolling since.

What’s the story behind your derby name and number? How did you pick yours?
My kids will tell you "My mom and Wonder Woman have never been seen in the same room. You know there's a reason". 99 was my uncle’s baseball and football number. As a kid I used it for softball. Even JJ Watt (Houston Texan) uses my number :)

Do you have a signature move?
I don't think I do. I think I'm too new to have 1 beat down move.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
The T-Stop was the first move I mastered (funny thing is I failed it on my first skills test). The hardest is timing my hits. Practice makes perfect though.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
I haven't really formed an opinion on that yet.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
Any story about a weird injury I got.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined? How expensive it would be. RIP my wallet.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I feel more confident, and strong.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
You will feel a bit awkward. You might not know anybody at first but it's OK. You will make friends. You will even have 1 friend that becomes your ride and die. No matter what she has your back. She will become your derby wife. Her Monster to your WoundHer.  And don't forget it's never too soon to work on strength and endurance. You need it.

Rhapsody in Bruise, #1924

Name: Rhapsody in Bruise
Number: 1924
Age: 25

What is your skating position?
Blocker

Where did you grow up?
Macon, GA

What do you do for a living?
I wrangle 3 year olds and teach them music. Sometimes I get paid to play music at fancy parties.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Sleeping, making coffee, baking, knitting, having the personality of a grandma.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I spent 9 years doing Tae Kwon Do. I'm actually a 3rd degree black belt.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
No - I spent most of my first practice on the ground!

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I also have a degree in computer science.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I saw Whip It my sophomore year of college and just knew that derby was a place I needed to be. I went to an Ithaca League of Women Rollers bout my junior year and started fresh meat my senior year of college.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since 2012, but I took a half year off to finish undergrad and a full year off to finish my Master's.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? 
I was originally Baroque'n Bones #A415, a play on the baroque period of classical music and the pitch of a baroque tuning note. When it came time to register, my name was too close to another, significantly less punny name! I had 24 hours to pick a new one. I sent a group text to my derby friends saying "Quick! Think of as many music puns as possible!" I could have been Strauss Fracture or Baby Got Bach, but Rhapsody in Bruise, after Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, spoke to me. 1924 is the year Rhapsody in Blue was premiered.

Do you have a signature move?
Occasionally, I can get a jammer just stuck on my butt. I'm working on turning that into a signature move.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Plow stops were the easiest. I couldn't do a T-stop to save my life when I first started, and plows saved me. They turned out to be the most useful thing I learned. Take that, T-stops!

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
Every bout. I get so much energy after bouts!

What is your favorite derby story so far?
You know, the fact that I'm still skating is my favorite derby story. I was told very early on that I would never pass minimum skills and would never play derby, and yet I'm still here. Derby is the ultimate "never say never" story for me, because it's something that's totally unnatural for my body. I was NOT meant to be on skates, but here I am, giving it all I have.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
Derby is really, really hard, and it takes a long time to find your people. Finding the people you fit with is just as important as nailing your skills, because what's the point of doing this if you aren't having any fun!

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It's given me a group of girls as friends. It's made me so much more fit than I've ever been. It's made me more confident.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Do it! I know everyone tells you this, but buy nice knee pads. Buy nice knee pads. Trust me on that.

Killin'da Track, #28

Name: Killin'da Track
Number: 28
Age: 20

What is your skating position?
Jammer

Where did you grow up?
Irvine, CA

What do you do for a living?
I'm a biological sciences major and graphic design minor at Chapman University.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Between derby and studying I don't have a lot of free time for others hobbies. However, I create some of the flyers and other promotional material for OCRD. I also sew baby blankets for less fortunate families and I'm learning how to sew stuffed animals.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I was into horseback riding from 2nd-4th grade and then hip hop dancing from 4th-6th grade.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Nope!

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I broke my ankle at my very first roller derby practice. I had to have surgery to install a plate and then another surgery 6 months later to take the plate back out.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
My mom threatened that if I didn't pick an extracurricular she would pick one for me. Later I remembered watching Whip It several months back and looked into roller derby. I found OCRD online and the rest is history.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since March 2011, so 5+ years.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
While I was out with my broken ankle, the other junior skaters started suggesting names that they had come up with for me. One of them suggested "Killin'da Track" because it incorporated my legal name, Linda, and sounded badass. For my number I knew I wanted a two digit number because it would look more professional on a jersey. I went with 28 because, honestly, I have really bad handwriting and those are the numbers that I can write the neatest.

Do you have a signature move?
When I jam I'll juke by extending my torso one way while my hips go where I actually want to go. My teammates say it looks like my body is going in two different directions!

What was the easiest move for you to learn?  What was the hardest?
Learning to skate in a straight line was the easiest. Transitions or cross overs were probably the hardest.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
ROLLERCON!!!

What is your favorite derby story so far?
My favorite derby moment was when I played for Pulp Friction against ACDG's Road Ragers on 8/16/2014. We had a comfortable lead through the first half but then in the second half ACDG started playing their more advanced skaters and started racking up points really quick. By the last jam the score was OC 109 - AC 100 and I had to jam against their best jammer. I was so exhausted and only made one scoring pass while the other jammer called off the jam in the middle of her third scoring pass. The refs had their final huddle and awarded the points from that jam. OCRD won by 2 points! 113-111. We all screamed and half the team started crying because it was like the only game we had won all season. I was so proud of myself for squeaking in those 2 points and I was so proud of my team for doing such an amazing job. It was also my last bout with my derby wife before she moved, so it felt great to win our last bout together. This is my favorite bout that I have ever played in!

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
I wish I had known how much of my life it would consume. Obviously school comes first and sometimes I have to take a break from derby to focus on studying. But most of my free time (and money) goes to derby. And I'm totally cool with that!

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It definitely whipped my butt into shape and gave me so much self confidence. I used to be so shy around people and insecure about my body but derby has changed all of that.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Just do it! It's honestly the best decision I've ever made. I met one of my best friends through derby and I love hanging out with all my teammates. It's also my favorite way to exercise. I find going to the gym very boring, so being able to hang out with friends and work up a sweat is amazing.

Go Thrash Alice, #10ft

Name: Go Thrash Alice
Number: 10ft
Age: 33

What is your skating position?
Blocker / Pivot (Hips of Doom)

Where did you grow up?
Wonderland, OC, CA

What do you do for a living?
Saving people from the tragedy of washing their own dishes.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Helping/mentoring others.  Making things with my hands.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
This is my first try at a competitive sport.  I never had the motivation to do sports in school.  When i found out i could be good at this... I was IN! I am never letting this go!

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Minimal session skating as a preteen.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a big softy and I love connecting with people on a deeper level.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I was sharing with some people that I was really angry as a child and through young adulthood.  Someone came up to me after and asked if I would be interested in playing derby... that I could work out my frustrations on the track.  So I showed up and joined a week later.  I stayed because I love the community.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since 4/2012 (4 years).

What’s the story behind your derby name?  How did you pick yours?
I love Alice in Wonderland.  Mushrooms.  Talking rabbits and cats.  There is a song called "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane.  Go Ask Alice is in the lyrics... hence the name! Go 'Thrash' Alice when she's 10 feet tall.

Do you have a signature move?
My murderous hips flipping out in front of people to stop them like they hit a brick wall (so I've been told).

What was the easiest move for you to learn?  What was the hardest?
Easiest: Body hits; Hardest: Positional blocking

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
I love Rainbow Round Robin, Thankscrimmage, and Crash in the New Year.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
Any story that is about us working as a team.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
That I would have so many amazing women in my life.  That I would be stronger than I ever thought.  That it would make my cry.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I love women.  I love helping women see what is awesome about themselves.  I think it has definitely helped soften my hard sharp edges.  It has made me push myself physically.  It has proven time and time again that I am strong and beautiful inside and out.  I have body image issues that are a lot less glaring on the daily.  Camaraderie and sportsmanship.  Compassion and competitiveness.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Do it.  The only failure is not trying.  It’s amazing and I cannot wait to skate with you!  You are capable of anything.

Dee Lorean, #121

NameDee Lorean
Number: 121
Age: 32

What is your skating position?
Jammer/Blocker

Where did you grow up?
Phoenix, AZ

What do you do for a living?
I'm a lawyer, allegedly.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I write fiction and draw things.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I was a swimmer for many years and played ice hockey briefly in high school.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Some, but I was very rusty when I started.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I used to draw a superhero web comic. And no, I'm not going to provide links, it's best lost to the sands of time.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I was looking for a team sport to play because I was out of shape and found going to the gym boring. I figured I'd be better motivated to stick with something if I had teammates depending on me and as an added bonus, I'd make friends in the process. Ran across a flyer for derby and thought it sounded like fun. 'Whip It' was in theaters at the time, so I went to see it, thinking if I liked what I saw then I'd email the local league. The rest is history.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since late 2009, so I've been around for a while!

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
It's a reference to the time machine in Back to the Future. I wanted something geeky with a simple shortened version because I knew people would be yelling it at me all the time. I've always been a fan of time travel stories, so it seemed like a good fit.

Do you have a signature move?
Not really, but I am kind of a giant ham when I jam. I love getting the crowd excited and cheering; I'm always smiling when that happens.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Not sure about easiest, maybe crossovers? They're one of the few skills I brought from my pre-derby days. Hardest would be hockey stops. It took me a year and a half to get those down, even though I used to be able to do them on ice.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
Anytime I get to bout really, though I enjoy watching WFTDA Champs.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
All of my really good stories are best told at afterparties, but I once tripped over my own skates while warming up and belly flopped so hard on the concrete track that afterwards I had dark purple bruises on all of my fingers, but nowhere else.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
How much it takes over your life. I'd do it again, but man, derby ends up stealing ALL your time.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I'm more confident than I was before derby, healthier, and have hundreds more friends. Joining derby had been one of the best decisions I've ever made.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Go to a bout. We don't get paid to do this, and it's a lot of work and commitment to play, so you've got to love the game to stick it out. Don't worry about what you can or can't do physically, you'll end up surprising yourself. If if looks like fun and you've got the time and money to do it, give it a try!

Glittoris, #9277

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Name: Glittoris
Number: 9277
Age: 25

What is your skating position?
Pivot for OC; C (outside line) back home in Colorado

Where did you grow up?
Broomfield, Colorado

What do you do for a living?
I’m a sourcer for Sphero, a robotics company that makes the BB-8 droids.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Playing videogames, CS:GO specifically, and hanging out with my wife at Disneyland.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Before derby I played Esports (competitive video games), golf, and skateboarding.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Nope!

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a sponsored video game player so I get to make money playing CS:GO!

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I had wanted to do derby for years.  When I first wanted to join, I was too young, and then for a long time I just didn’t have time and I sort of lost interest. Then my best friend (now called Speedlejuice) asked my wife (now called Lezlie Grope) if she wanted to join our local league.  So the three of us went to new recruit night and we have been sucked into the wonderful world of roller derby ever since.

How long have you been involved with derby?
One year and two months.

What’s the story behind your derby name?  How did you pick yours?
I was at a bar with my friends and we were talking about what our derby names would be when we earned them. In our old league, you didn’t pick a derby name until you got WFTDA certified.  Lez came up with the name Glittoris and I knew it was my destiny.  I love names that are inappropriate!

Do you have a signature move?
My signature move is catching the jammer on my chest and leading her to the line to shoulder pop her out.

What was the easiest move for you to learn?  What was the hardest?
The easiest to learn was one footed plow stops, while the hardest was transitions and backwards skating.  I still get nervous when I have to go from facing forward to facing backward.  Ironically, I usually play pivot/brace in this league which is played entirely backwards.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
Roller Con! It hasn’t happened yet but I can’t wait to see and skate with all my friends back home.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
My favorite derby story so far is about my derby wife.  My old league, BCB, had a Bridezillas themed scrimmage which was brides vs bridesmaids.  My friend who leveled up with me, Elyse LeKraken, and I were both on the brides team so we went to the thrift store and got wedding dresses to wear in the scrimmage.  Then we derbified them by cutting them up, putting our numbers on them, etc.  Well now Elyse LeKraken is my derby wife and we got our wedding dresses together before we even knew we were going to be derby married.  It was destiny!  And now that we have these super cool wedding dresses we made together we are going to wear them together at the derby wedding at RollerCon.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
I wish I knew that I could actually play this sport.  I remember watching it in high school and in college thinking I would never be able to do that, but look where I am now!

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Derby has changed my life in pretty much every way!  I’m stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been.  I’m confident and happy.  The biggest impact though is I now have so many close friends.  I’ve never experienced such real, close friendships in my entire life and now my life is full of them. Thank you derby!

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Don’t be intimidated!  Nobody was born playing derby.  Everyone you admire on the track has been in your shoes before.  You can be as good as anyone you have ever seen.

Silver Scream, #118

Name: Silver Scream
Number: 118
Age: 21

What is your skating position?
Blocker/Jammer

Where did you grow up?
Newbury Park, CA

What do you do for a living?
I’m in school to be a sound designer for television.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
My roommates and I play Settlers of Catan a lot. Does that count?

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I played soccer as a kid and then threw shot put and discus in high school.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
A little. I used to go to the roller rink pretty frequently when I was younger, but then it closed.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m not actually Canadian.  I just love everything about Canada and plan to move there one day.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
The short version is I went to OC Roller Skates to buy outdoor wheels, met Doll, and then got coerced into trying derby. As always, Doll was right, and I love this sport.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Just over a year.

What’s the story behind your derby name?  
My name is a play off “Silver Screen,” the old-timey way of saying movie screen. I wanted something related to film/tv since I’m in film school.

Do you have a signature move?
The super not graceful fall, usually not prompted by anything.

What was the easiest move for you to learn?  What was the hardest?
I think T-stops were probably the easiest for me. Plow stops, on the other hand, still need a lot of work.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
Our holiday party is a lot of fun.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
The day before my first scrimmage, which I was terrified of, I was asked to be someone’s derby wife. The next day at the scrimmage, she texts me like, “Oh, I’m sick, so I won’t be practicing. But I’ll at least be there for moral support.” Then about half an hour before practice, she texts me again and said, “Actually, I have a lot of things to do, so I’m not going.” I derby-divorced her immediately. Then she bought me food, so I forgave her.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
How much time it can take of your life if you let it.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I now have a super awesome group of friends I would have never met otherwise! I also never imagined that I would have anyone sponsor me as an athlete, but I am proud to be a Juice Wheels sponsored skater!

 What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Just do it! It might seem scary at first, but you’ll get the hang of it, and then it’s just crazy fun!

T-Wrecks, #93

Name: T-Wrecks
Number: 93
Age: 22

What is your skating position?

When I first started playing, I mainly jammed, but I’ve started blocking a lot more in the past year or two. Right now, I just play whatever position the coaches want me to.

What do you do for a living?

I am currently working as a pharmacy technician at CVS, and I’m also in school part-time. In July, I will be starting pharmacy school in Las Vegas.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby!)? 
Other than derby, I like to watch movies (mainly horror), sew, collect comic books, bake, go to concerts, and a ton of other stuff. I have too many interests, really. Ha-ha! My mom thinks I have ADD but never bothered to get me tested or anything. Lol!

What were your pre-derby sports, if any? 
I played tennis for a hot second when I was a pre-teen, if you want to count that.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
In middle school, my friends and I would hang out at Fountain Valley Skate Center pretty often.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? 
I’m a pretty boring person, and my life basically revolves around school. The most interesting thing about me is probably that I am currently aiming to have 4 degrees at age 25; a B.A. in Cognitive Psychology, a B.S. in Biology, an MBA, and Pharm. D.)

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I don’t remember the first time I heard of or saw roller derby, but I remember seeing it on T.V. every once in awhile. And then I watched Whip it. I also saw a roller derby club on my school campus as a freshman but couldn’t join due to scheduling conflicts. I signed up the summer after my freshman year in college. I mainly joined because I saw it as a fun way to get some exercise.

How long have you been involved with derby?
I have been playing for about three and a half years now but have taken a couple of breaks here and there, like when I studied abroad two summers ago.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
Originally, I wanted my derby name to be “Pocahuntress” because Pocahontas is one of my favorite Disney princesses. Unfortunately, that was taken on the old derby name registry, so I chose T-Wrecks because I like dinosaurs and thought it was a fun play on words. Now there’s a million T-Wreckses and, like, no Pocahuntresses!

Do you have a signature move?
I wish I did! I’m still trying to find what style of skating best works for me, though. Maybe I’ll just act like a T-Rex and try to stomp through walls and chomp people’s heads off, and that can be my signature move!

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
The easiest thing for me to learn was crossovers, and the hardest is definitely plow stops. I still struggle with those, which sucks because they are so essential to being able to form a strong wall.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?
Because of school, I actually haven’t been to too many derby events. This year will be my first time going to Rollercon! But I always love the OC vs. OC bouts because they’re just fun and no one’s taking themselves too seriously.

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
I wish I knew how frustrating it could be at times. Constantly trying to improve yourself as a skater and a player can be so frustrating, and I have personally found myself in a couple of ruts. I remember it took me three tries to pass my minimum skills test, and, after the third attempt, before the results came out, I thought I had done so badly, and, honestly, I almost quit. But because of that, I have learned to just keep trying, no matter how many attempts it takes.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Roller derby introduced me to an entire community of super awesome people! I have met so many interesting people from all walks of life, and I know that almost everywhere I go there will probably be a league nearby where I can meet even more people.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Just do it and go to practice. You can’t expect yourself to improve if you don’t go to practice. Even now I struggle to make it a lot of the time, but I try my best. Also, derby is very much a mental game, if you constantly tell yourself you suck at something or you can’t do something, you’re never going to be able to do it.