Name: Whack Sabbath
What do you do for the league?
I am the Interleague Liaison and co-captain for Vitamin C Squad.
What is your skating position?
I'm a masochist so naturally I'm a jammer!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Connecticut, lived in Boston for 4 years, and have been living in California for 7 years now.
What do you do for a living?
I am a store manager for Starbucks Coffee. I've been working for the company for 11 years now. It's insane managing a multi-million dollar business and there's never any downtime, but I truly believe in this company and our mission. I also drink about 1,000 mg of caffeine a day so the free coffee is worth it alone!
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I love going to concerts, traveling, karaoke and knitting/crocheting. My husband and I once went to 50 concerts in one year. We just returned from visiting Barcelona and Amsterdam and are planning on doing Fiji and New Zealand next.
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I tried quite a few, but nothing ever stuck until I played hockey. However, I only played for 2 years in high school on the girls varsity team then briefly in the Yorba Linda adult copper league.
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Hailing from Connecticut, I've been ice skating longer than roller skating. My dad would build an ice rink in our backyard and I'd skate whenever I wanted. I hadn't been on roller skates in almost 20 years when I joined though!
What is a fun fact about you?
Crazy dog lady here! I'm a foster for Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue and have 3 dogs of my own (2 are failed fosters!) so sometimes I have up to 5 dogs at a time.
Favorite Starbucks drink?
Hot - Quad grande blonde flat white with 1 pump vanilla
Iced - 6 shot Iced Venti 2 pump vanilla coconut milk caramel macchiato
If you had a secret power, what would it be?
I would be able to bend time or time travel so I could fit in trips to faraway places in no time or go back and see the bands I love back in their prime.
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I really missed being a part of a team so I started playing ice hockey again on an adult rec league, but the games were so late and it was very expensive. I had looked into doing derby a long time ago when I was younger, but there weren't any junior leagues at the time and I didn't meet the age requirement. So I decided it was time to finally do it!
How long have you been involved with derby?
I joined April 2017 so almost 2 years now.
What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I love heavy metal and Black Sabbath is one of my all time favorite bands, plus I'm a jammer so I'm always whacking people.
What's the meaning behind your number?
It's the year Black Sabbath's first album was released which is widely regarded as the first heavy metal record ever as well as creating the doom metal genre which influenced another one of my favorite bands, Type O Negative.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
I have so many, but I guess it would have to be coming back from 3 months off skates due to injury and passing 27/5 on the first try. The comeback is greater than the setback!
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I didn't have any friends in California when I moved out here and only a few when I joined derby, but I have made so many friends in this amazing community of strong women who empower each other. I have gained a lot of self-confidence through derby because it challenges me mentally and physically making me stronger and more resilient.
What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Make the commitment and practice, practice, practice! Progress - not perfection. You cannot expect to get better if you don't practice. You may not always be the best at something, but it is so rewarding when you improve or learn a new skill. Also, don't compare yourself to others because we all learn things at different paces and have different skill sets. Just show up, work your hardest, and be proud of how far you've come!