Whack Sabbath , #1970

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Name: Whack Sabbath
Number: 1970
Age: 29

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!

Krab Appel, #4 3

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Name: Krab Appel
Number: 4 3
Age: 35

What do you do for the league?
I’m co-captain of Pulp.

What is your skating position?
Blocker

Where did you grow up?
Near Sacramento, in a town known for its wild chicken population.

What do you do for a living?
I teach part-time for some colleges and work – not with the animals - at a zoo.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Watching The Simpsons, yelling at movies, reading books, writing stuff, recycling, making bread.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
I played a few sports before high school. Season record in softball: most foul hits. In basketball, I just liked getting in people’s way, so when I started derby, it was a revelation.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Roller rinks!

What is a fun fact about you?
I was in The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! for a few seconds.

Favorite feminist science fiction author?
Ooh, tough choice. Ursula le Guin, but there are many to love. Tell me yours.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Making people have empathy.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I took a Women in Sports class and went to a San Diego Derby Dolls bout for extra credit, and I thought, “Whoa. I want to do that.” I wrote a paper on the league, and so many skaters were extra-awesome and completed interviews for me. I joined as a referee shortly thereafter because I didn’t have health insurance.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since 2007. OCRD is my fourth league. I started with SDDD, then skated with Gold Coast Derby Grrls in Fort Lauderdale, then Pikes Peak Derby Dames. I’ve been lucky!

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I was thinking about being Hans Sprungfeld, but luckily settled on a more obvious reference ;)

What's the meaning behind your number?
There’s a dinner scene with Principal Skinner in which Edna talks about usually eating alone: “Usually it’s just soup for one, salad for one, wine for three, ha!” When we still had words in our numbers, I skated as wine 4 3.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I’m paralyzed by how many I can pick from.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I wish I’d come out of the womb and been put on a team. Derby helped show me what good relationships look like, what trust and confidence are, how teaching should be. It’s given me a new home through many moves and life changes, and friends that blow me away with their wonderful amazingness. And it’s always funny when someone says about derby, “You?” Yes. Me.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Wear your gear all the time forever everywhere, especially your kneepads. When you get hurt, take the time to recover. Go to practice. We’re not all prodigies. It took me years to do an effective transition. Keep asking new people for guidance. One piece of advice got me to skate backwards; who knows how many it will take for me to learn to do a good hockey stop. Make derby friends. Love them. Let them love you back.

The Homie Hook, #85

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Name:  The Homie Hook
Number:  85
Age: 25

What do you do for the league?
I help run the orientation to bring in all the fresh faces.

What is your skating position?
Blocker

Where did you grow up?
Westminster, California

What do you do for a living?
I have had a number of jobs that help build confidence in youth. I absolutely love working with kids and helping them grow into humans with all the self love. I currently work in the medical field with an amazing ophthalmology team.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
If I am on skates (not at derby practice), than you can find me at the skatepark. Outside of that, I love art, dancing and being silly.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
I was captain of my JV cheer team and then stayed to coach after I graduated.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I had ZERO skating experience!

What is a fun fact about you?
I actually wanted to join the wrestling team in High School, but my mommy said no.

Favorite words of encouragement?
"If you don't fall, then you’re not trying hard enough." - Jukes of Hazzard

When I first started as a fresh meat in derby, I was so incredibly scared to fall in front of all the advanced skaters. A good friend shared these words of wisdom with me, and it completely changed my outlook on how I showed up to practice. This sport is not about looking good. It's about pushing yourself. And I will never forget that.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
It would be to pick up any skill in one day.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I was in a pretty heavy depression and needed to focus on myself. Derby literally changed my life.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Next month will be my 3 year anniversary (:

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?  
When my dad was growing up, his nickname was "the Homie Hook" which is a play off our last name.

What's the meaning behind your number?
I wasn't feeling very creative, so I picked 8 as my favorite number. Well, when I was 8 years old, my sister was 5 years old. So now I am #85 haha

What is your favorite derby story so far?
Meeting all of my beautiful friends

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
1) I came out to my friends and family as a Queer woman.
2) I gained so much confidence in my own abilities.
3) I grew to love my thick, muscular body

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Please do not give up. Derby is not always an easy journey, but it is so worth it!

Midlife CrySis, #73

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Name: Midlife CrySis
Number: 73
Age: 45

What do you do for the league?
I have the very important job of making sure we have somewhere to eat and drink after our bouts.

What is your skating position?
Wherever the coach puts me! I started out blocking, but I’m becoming more of a jammer.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Whittier, CA.

What do you do for a living?
I’m part of the compliance department for a utility company.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
When I’m not on skates, I love to be with my husband on the water, usually on a paddle board, or at the beach. Or just outdoors.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
In high school I played volleyball and ran track. I’ve been active most of my adult life either working out at the gym, running, or hiking.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I learned to skate when I was really young and grew up skating around the neighborhood or at Whittier’s Skateland. I started with metal skates that fit around my tennis shoes, and then I had skates that had metal wheels!

What is a fun fact about you?
I have 5 grandchildren with another one on the way very soon.

Favorite food?
Sushi or Italian

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
My power would be the ability to swim underwater without scuba gear or being affected by the cold (I may have seen Aquaman recently).

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I remember watching roller derby as a kid, but I think the 2009 movie “Whip It” is what piqued my interest and I wondered if derby was a real thing. My life was too busy to get involved then, but around 2015 I looked up roller derby in my area and found out it’s a real thing! In 2017, all of my kids had graduated from high school and I decided it was finally time for me to do something for myself. I really thought I might be too old for roller derby until I started reading the skater profiles (just like this one). There were a few skaters over 40 and I realized I wasn’t too old! I attended the next orientation and was hooked.

How long have you been involved with derby?
I started Phase 1 training in September 2017.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I started thinking about derby names on the night of orientation. I spent months trying to figure out the right one. One day I saw MIDLIFE CRISIS written across the top of a windshield of a jeep being driven by a woman around my age. I thought “derby is my midlife crisis” so I went with it. I had to have a spin on it though and decided on spelling it CrySis.

What's the meaning behind your number?
It’s my birth year.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I don’t have a story, per se, but my experience at my first tournament was awesome. Laur ‘N Order and I played in our first bouts and the league won 3rd place. I was so nervous, but everyone was so supportive and it was so much fun.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Roller derby has taught me to step outside my comfort zone and overcome the fear of trying something new, meeting new people, and wearing booty shorts while skating. It has built a confidence in me that has spilled into all aspects of my life.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Don’t give up. It will be hard sometimes, your body will hurt, you may cry, but you will get better and stronger and discover how amazing you can be.

Felonious Feline, #9LVS

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Name:  Felonious Feline
Number:  9LVS
Age: 47

What do you do for the league?  
I am a Referee/NSO and I sing the National Anthem at our bouts.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

What do you do for a living?
I am a Systems Integration Specialist.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I love to perform in Musicals (Singing, Acting, Dancing). I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with an emphasis on Vocal Performance (Commercial Music and Broadway). I also love spending time with my dog.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
None. I was never very athletic.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Not much. I had skated maybe twenty years before I started Derby when I was still a teenager. But when I started Derby, I pretty much had to learn the basics all over again, and get over the fear of falling.

What is a fun fact about you?
My first musical that I did after I got out of college was “Hair”, the sixties rock musical about Hippies in the late 60’s during the Vietnam era. I did the nude scene. A good friend of mine said, “Well congratulations!  Your first professional musical and you’re naked on stage within the first hour!”  We had a great laugh about that.

Favorite food?
My favorite type of food is Mexican. My favorite specific food is probably corn. I love it in all its incarnations. Corn on the cob, popcorn, those yummy little corn cakes you get at El Torito, cornbread, tamales, candy corn (Okay...I know that is not officially corn, but I still love them.)

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
To be able to communicate with animals

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
A friend brought me to an OC bout and I just fell in love with it at first sight. At the time I joined, there were still a lot of tutus and fishnets. The whole thing was very theatrical. That appealed to me.

How long have you been involved with derby?
December 5, 2018 will be my 8 year Derbyversary.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I have always loved cats, and have always felt somewhat feline. I wanted a name that had kind of a tough element to it, so Felonious seemed like a good adjective to pair with it. I love the alliteration of Felonious Feline too.

What's the meaning behind your number?
My number, 9LVS, translates to 9 Lives. The amount of lives a cat is said to have.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
At Rollercon a few years back, a girl said to me, “Felonious Feline?  You are one of my derby heroes!  Will you sign my cast?”  It was very special to me to be recognized and know that I had inspired someone. There have been so many people in derby who have been my heroes, and I was equally gushing when I got to meet them.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It has given me a community and a huge extended family. I have met amazing people from all over the world, and we share the same love for this sport. It has allowed me to realize that I can be athletic, and it has given me an activity that allows me to exercise both my body and my mind

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
When you think you have reached your limit of what you can do, keep pushing. You will be amazed at what you can learn and what your body can actually do. The first time I had to do bear crawls in skates around the track, I could barely get ten feet before I just collapsed down onto the track. But I kept pushing and growing. My strength of will got me past those hurdles and I am so glad that I did not give up.

Shreddie Crüeger, #313

Name:  Shreddie Crüeger
Number: 313
Age: 34

What do you do for the league?
I oversee social media. It’s a lot of fun!

What is your skating position?
Blocker 4 Lyfe. I’m very keen when it comes to the inside line, although I have been practicing brace these days.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Detroit, MI. WOOT WOOT!

What do you do for a living?
I am a Marketing Coordinator for a hair care company called ColorProof Color Care Authority.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I’d have to say my other favorite hobby is BMX.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I did not play any sports before derby. I was a sports noob when I joined.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I had absolutely no skating experience.

What is a fun fact about you?
I was in a zombie movie with some of my roller derby sisters. It was awesome! We got to kill zombies and puke zombie guts.

Favorite food?
Pizza is like my family.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
I would want to be able to teleport because A) I hate flying and B) you could travel anywhere in the world with a snap of a finger. You know like “Hey, Let’s go to Spain today!” Snap! *Ends up in Spain.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
My old co-worker came into work one day and was bragging about how much fun roller derby was, so I went to a game and instantly fell in love. I wanted to join because I knew this was something that would help me break out of my shell.

How long have you been involved with derby?
A little over 2 years.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
The story goes like this…I love horror movies thus the name Shreddie Crueger after the great Freddy Krueger. However, I also love Motley Crue…thus the Crue in Crueger. Shreddie just represents Shredding. It has a lot of meaning to it as you can see. Haha!

What's the meaning behind your number?
My number is my Detroit area code.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
This one-time Shanrock hit me so hard that I literally slide 10 feet on the track on my knee pads and my hands smacked down on the floor making my fake nail pop off (don’t worry it didn’t rip my real nail off). I looked at Shan and said, “You broke my nail b#!@%!” then we started cracking up because who even says that during derby. Needless to say, I never got fake nails again.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I am way less socially awkward. I have more confidence and I am not afraid to speak up. The best part though, are the ladies I skate with every day. They are so uplifting and supportive. They are like my family away from home. When I’m having a rough day and beating myself up, they turn it around and make me feel like I can conquer anything.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
DON’T GIVE UP! Derby is hard, and you will fall a lot, but it is very rewarding when you learn a new skill. Don’t compare yourself to other skaters because each person starts at different levels. Just try your best and go at your own pace because derby will always be there for you!

Wicked Monkey, #409

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Name: Wicked Monkey
Number: 409
Age: 47

What do you do for the league?
I make awards (that apparently have a cult following now).

What is your skating position?
Blocker – usually in the center

Where did you grow up?
North Long Beach and Buena Park

What do you do for a living?
Paralegal but I’m really an attorney babysitter/wrangler

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Sewing and creating weird things. Throwing themed parties and going to see plays and musicals.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I played soccer as a kid and had lots of dance classes, mostly jazz and ballet. In high school I was on the swim team, on the wrestling team, and a cheerleader for a brief spell.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Only going to Skate Depot or Skateland, however, I learned to skate with those crazy metal wheel roller skates so I have some incredible knee scars from childhood.

What is a fun fact about you?
I don’t know if it is fun or funny but when I was in like 4th grade I wanted to run Green Peace and save all the grey whales and I wanted to be Leonardo DiVinci. Apparently I was a weird 4th grader.

Favorite food?
My go to favorite food is mashed potatoes but I like all food. I always say you can call me anything just don’t call me late to dinner.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
To open my craft closet and have the exact items needed without going to the store.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I have a friend who shared warehouse space with the LA Derby Dolls and when I would go to his work space I would see all of the Derby Dolls’ trophies and pictures and I would say that looks so fun I want to do that. Living in OC I looked up roller derby and looked at the schedule and it didn’t work for me, but I book marked it and kept going to the site and seeing when the orientations were. This went on for like 3 years. Then my schedule dramatically changed and I signed up for the orientation and I have been part of OCRD ever since.

How long have you been involved with derby?
18 months

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I love the Wizard of Oz and the book Wicked and the Flying monkeys are my favorite so I combined all my favorites.

What's the meaning behind your number?
There are 409 pages in Wicked.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I guess it would have to be my own story. I broke my ankle during the last practice before my first skills test. I was devastated but I was determined to stay connected. So the whole time I was broken and healing I came to every scrimmage and continued to volunteer for everything. When I was cleared to come back I made a point to go to every practice and I was able to pass the phase 1 & 2 tests in 12 weeks.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Roller derby has given me a ton of confidence in myself. It has also introduced me to a challenging sport. I make a lot of jokes when I’m tired and say I need to go home and rethink my life choices but in all honesty joining OCRD was one of my best life choices.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Show up! Ask a million questions. I still ask a million questions.

Bella-Dawna, #44

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Name: Bella-Dawna
Number: 1974
Age: 44

What do you do for the league?
I bring an air of awesomeness to the league that is enjoyed by all. I’m also on Street Team.

What is your skating position?
Blocker

Where did you grow up?
Bred, born, and raised in Anaheim.

What do you do for a living?
My official title is Instructional Support Technician, but I call myself the lab bitch!

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I like gardening, sewing, woodworking, crafting……I don’t think there is a hobby I don’t like.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
I was an artistic skater until I was about 12, then I played tennis very poorly for a while. I also tried water polo and some recreational softball, but cycling was the one thing that I did throughout everything.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Yes and I have the pictures to prove it.

What is a fun fact about you?
My son says that I am awesome. In fact, I brag about my awesomeness so much that when I received an award at work my name was written as Awesome Dawn.

Favorite food?
Sushi, burgers, pizza, Korean BBQ. French fries are yummy too. Pretty much if it tastes good I put it in my mouth.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
To drink at RollerCon and not break myself.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I met Canadian Bacon at a work function and as we were talking she mentioned that she played roller derby. At that point I basically yelled at her “I WANT TO PLAY ROLLER DERBY!!! DO YOU HAVE SKATES I CAN BORROW?” I was at the rink a week later.

How long have you been involved with derby?
It will be 2 years this November.

What’s the story behind your derby name?
I got stuck in the hall talking to coworkers when one of them asked about roller derby. During that conversation they asked me what my derby name was going to be and I told them I didn’t know, but I would like it to be plant related because I did my master thesis with a plant. That’s when my friend suggested I should be Bella-Dawna.

What's the meaning behind your number?
I didn’t have a numbers preference so Jonslaught said I should just use my birth year. Worst decision ever! What I have learned from this is not to ever listen to Jonslaught! (Please note the extreme sarcasm in that sentence)

What is your favorite derby story so far?
This one time at RollerCon I was skating in the Figure Skaters vs Hockey Skaters bout and Bonnie Thunders was on my team. That should be the greatest story right there, but during that bout Bonnie took advantage of a power jam by being twirled up by another skater onto his shoulders. He then skated towards the pack to the roar of the crowd. Then it got even better when after the game, not realizing Bonnie Thunders was next to me, I said “I can’t wait to get this skirt off”. Her reply was “Yeah, for a minute there I thought I was getting taller, but then I realized that my skirt was getting shorter.” Of course I had the super witty reply of “haha” while my brain was saying “BONNIE THUNDERS SAID WORDS TO ME!”

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I am so much healthier and stronger than I have been in a while.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Roller derby is a hard sport but worth it. Although you see the advanced skaters rolling around like they were born with skates on their feet, they used to spend just as much time on the ground as you. Each of those ladies you see out there are where they are because they have continued even after all the falls and bruises. It’s pushing through the difficult times, not the easy times, that makes you a better person.

The Jonslaught, #733

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Name: The Jonslaught
Number: 733
Age: 45

What do you do for the league?
I have been a referee for six years and the head referee for the last four.

Where did you grow up?
Mostly around Southern California.

What do you do for a living?
I am a web developer.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Eeehhh... Derby eats up a lot of my time lol.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
Played a little baseball in high school and roller hockey in the 90s.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Yeah, with the roller hockey, but that was about 18 years before starting derby so I had to start all over.

What is a fun fact about you?
At one time, I was the 5th best Overpower player in the world. It remains to be seen, but that may have been my peak.

Favorite food?
Linguine with clam sauce.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
I would like to be able to smell great ALL THE TIME.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
The girlfriend bought me a ticket to my first event. She’s a skater in the league.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Six very long, challenging years.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
Many years ago I had earned the nickname of Jonslaught based on a comic book character that was introduced at the time.

What's the meaning behind your number?
That’s a very long story. I was going to write an essay about it, but I figured nah. I have to get this questionnaire done and it’s already late and Squirrel is upset with me... Let’s just leave it as it has extreme meaning to me based on a major life event that I had to overcome.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I could tell you, but the guilty parties would be pretty upset and that could lead to lawsuits, and...

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
In general I’m much more positive and I carry over the confidence I gain into real life.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Do not give up. Stay with it. Things will get better! If this was easy, everyone would do it.

Super Dynamite, #316

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Name: Super Dynamite
Number: 316
Age: Just turned 33 on 3.16

What do you do for the league?
I am part of the Training Committee family and happy to be the Captain of the C Squad.

I am also assigned to give T-Dogg and Payback a hard time by talking too much. In return they torture me during endurance and drills which I fully regret afterwards, but for some reason my foul mouth won’t shut up and this will continue to repeat.

What is your skating position?
Block, Block, Block, Block, offense, Block, Block, Block, fall, Block, Block, offense, Block, Block, Block…oh did I mentioned I block for Pulp Friction?

As you can see, I am a very annoying blocker.

Where did you grow up?
Westminster (NOT West-minis-ter), Huntington Beach, and Garden Grove

What do you do for a living?
Marketing for a flooring company and VP for Hooks and Hipchecks Crochet

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Foodie (Yes! This is a hobby of mine…don’t judge me), travel, crochet, crafting, and board/video games.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Volleyball and basketball in middle school; Basketball my freshman year in HS; Volleyball beach league for 2-3 years with my old colleague in NY; Softball fun with family and friends occasionally

I love all sports (except tennis) and enjoy playing more than watching.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I learned how to rollerblade before using quad skates. I bladed throughout elementary and middle school and occasionally in HS. That hill on Golden West near Westminster Mall…yes, I bladed down that hill through traffic.

What is a fun fact about you?
In HS, an English teacher assigned this book for us to read together in class. After a few chapters in, I was hooked. He didn’t allow us to bring the books home, therefore, after class I asked if I could and he said yes. I finished that book that day, returned it the next day, and then read it again together with the whole class. Let’s say I aced that book test.

Favorite food?
This could go on forever…
Vietnamese food: Bun Bo Hue, bo nuong vi, thit kho, and ca kho
Other: sushi, Korean bbq, shabu shabu, mushrooms, and eggplants

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Fly like superman. To be at one location to the next in a second. It would make traveling so much easier.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
Moved to Long Island, NY and didn’t know anyone besides my co-workers. My co-worker saw a flyer on Facebook and joked about it to me so I asked her to send me the info. The rest is history...been playing for almost 5 years now

How long have you been involved with derby?
About 4.5 years…my 5th season rostered.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
My old boss back in NY was excited that I joined roller derby. He wanted to pick my name. First, I wanted something with CICI and he came up with CiCi Dynamite. I decided to change it to Super Dynamite because I love SUPERMAN. As for my number, 316 is my birthday (March 16). Also, because the badass Stone Cold Steve Austin said so.

Fun Fact: There’s a game called Super Dynamite (I use to play it before becoming Super Dynamite and didn’t even know it!)

Also, there’s a sushi roll called Super Dynamite. Now every time you see that on the menu, you can forever think of me.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I have been working the offense whip for so long and last season it finally happened! Two opposing blockers were blocking my jammer Smash. I went to play offense and with Smash’s quick reaction, she noticed I was trying to grab her to do the whip. She took my hand and flew right out of the blockers way. She was able to catch up with the opposing jammer who then had to call off the jam and get ZERO points. YES!

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I get bored easily…sticking to one sport would have had me quitting. I am in shock that I haven’t quit derby yet. Don’t get me wrong, I have thought about it often. But I feel like I still have a lot of derby in me to keep going. I love the challenges that come my way. Also, this sport doesn’t judge you on how big or small you are. It’s your skills that you bring to the track that determine who you are as a skater.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Do all the derby! Once I passed my minimum skills test, I signed up for everything.

Do you really think not going to practice will make you a better skater? Go to practice, talk to your coaches/trainers for advice, and keep working hard.

Lastly, you will fall, but you will get back up and keep skating. REPEAT!

Wreck-It Red, #86

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Name:  Wreck-It Red
Number: 86
Age: 38

What do you do for the league?
Officially I am the Treasurer… unofficially, all of the things. :)

Where did you grow up?
So Cal Native! I’ve always lived along the LA/OC border.

What do you do for a living?
Commercial Insurance Account Manager

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I enjoy hiking, scuba diving, and traveling.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am slightly obsessed with my cat, Tiki, and have him tattooed on my arm.
And I am totally going to use the photo attached to this bio (credit to Panic!) as my dating profile pic - wish me luck! 

Favorite food?
Sushi and Korean BBQ.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Always being on time… I still haven’t figured that out.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I had a few rough years and ended up in therapy. My therapist asked me what is something I have always wanted to do but never had the guts to try, and I said derby! She signed up for the OCRD orientation mailing list, and every month would forward the info to me. I finally went in December 2015 and started in January. I skated for a bit, but my back wasn’t having it… so I have been a volunteer the majority of the time.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Two years

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
Picking a name was HARD. Luckily I have very clever friends who helped. I was stuck on something Star Wars related, but my buddy Cang came up with Wreck-It Red (like Wreck-It Ralph), and it just stuck! My number originated as my pager code (old school!) back in 1995. 86’ing someone means getting rid of them or taking them out, so it seemed appropriate for derby!

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I don’t have one in particular… but every time I see a fresh squeezed skater on day 1 who can barely stay upright come back on day 2, and day 3, 4, etc and realize that they CAN do this thing they didn’t think they could do… that look of joy and pride… those are my favorite stories. That reminds me why I stick around even when I can’t skate.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I have met an incredibly supportive group of bad ass peeps who I know will be in my life forever. We all have our quirks, and varying skill levels, and different reasons for being here, but in the end I know I can count on everyone on the league (and really, the derby community at large) to have my back. And I’ll have theirs. <3

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Give it time, try your best, and show up! Listen to your body. Get to know other league members, you’re going to be spending a LOT of time with them. Oh, and don’t cheap out on your kneepads!

Frisky Business, #222

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Name:  Frisky Business
Number: 222
Age: 26

What do you do for the league?
I schedule the food truck for our bouts.

What is your skating position?
Little bit of blocking, little bit of pivoting... Mostly jamming.

Where did you grow up?
Tustin, CA

What do you do for a living?
Various retail stores and customer service. Still figuring it all out, honestly.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Writing, video games, movies, and art. I like growing plants and flowers, and I am recently interested in homemade bath and beauty products.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
I played tennis in high school for a year or two.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Very little. Mostly just skating wobbly circles at Holiday Skate.

What is a fun fact about you?
I have a cat named Sharon. That's kind of fun.

Favorite food?
Butter. It makes everything better.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Any time I need to pay for something, I reach into my pocket to find exact change. Need $3.27 for coffee? Bam! it's in my pocket. $156.78 for a posh dinner? I got that too!

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I kind of just decided I wanted to do it, so I googled, and found OCRD.

How long have you been involved with derby?
My 2nd derbyversary will be in February.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
I felt like I wanted to go by "Frisky," cos I feel like it suits me. So I thought up a pun that went along with it. I originally picked 2222 as my number, because my favorite number is 22, which was already taken. However, I quickly found out that 2222 is a difficult number to say in any situation for EVERYONE, so I dropped it to 222. And I think everyone is pretty happy about that.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
Probably the tournament we played in Fontana. It was my first bout(s), and the floor was way more slippery than anyone was used to. Stopping was hard, stopping other people was hard. And then everyone got sick a day or so after we got back.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I feel more confident pretty much everywhere.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Commit. In all things derby, you have to commit. If you don't commit to be at practice, you won't get better. If you don't commit to stop the jammer, she is going to get past you. And if you're going to hit the wall as a jammer, pick a legal target, and commit to that hit, or you're not going to be moving anyone.

Radnarök, #11

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Name: Radnarök
Number: 11
Age: 25

What is your skating position?
Jammer. Aspiring blocker.

Where did you grow up?
All over Orange County, I’ve lived in a few cities. Predominately Santa Ana and Orange.

What do you do for a living?
I’m an associate manager at a movie theater.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I’ve come to find a new happy place at the skate park. Dabblin’ at hooping, for the time being.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Soccer as a wee lass. I went to junior/high school, and college for acting (a mental, physical sport in itself) so I had a lot of different movement classes in the mix. My favorites were tap dance, and circus class (the Spanish web was terrifying and fun!).

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I mean, I definitely owned those Skechers roller skates as a kid. Experience? Technically, yes....more like stumbling on wheels, maybe?

What's your pump up song?
Immigration Song by Led Zeppelin coupled with Search and Destroy by The Stooges. Dynamite combo.

What is a fun fact about you?
I’ve held Lady GaGa’s hand.

Favorite food?
All the tacos!

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

Who is your derby crush?
Easily Satan’s Little Helper. I even got a chance to tell her that a few weeks ago. Tehe.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
On a whim, honestly. I had been vaguely interested and gave it a shot. Luckily that “shot” led me to one of my newest passions.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since February 2017.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
Ragnarök means “Doom of the Gods” in old Norse. In Norse mythology, it is the destruction of the cosmos; much like our idea of the apocalypse. However, it is also the subsequent re-creation. A cycle of death and rebirth. I think the whole concept is kickass and a great reflection of derby; the constant cycle of destruction through battle, followed by the end of the jam and the rebirth; a chance to rebuild it all and kick ass all over again. Couple Ragnarök with ‘radical’ and you got my name, and all I strive to be! I had a few names in mind, but the ultimate decision was made after receiving input from my amazing league. (Thanks, y’all!)

I’ve attributed a lot of meaning to my number; mainly 11 being a number of justice. It’s also the name of the hero from Stranger Things, season 1. And lastly, when I am on the track, my goal is to always “turn it up to eleven” (1000 points for knowing that reference).

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
It all seemed hard in the beginning. Crossovers and tomahawks seemed to come more easily. T-stops and transitions were so scary for me! But now I frickin’ love them both.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I wouldn’t say I have a favorite, but a cherished moment I had was when I was voted Rookie of the Year by my league mates. I put in so much time and effort and it meant so much to know that it was being reflected on the track.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I’ve started to love my body because it allows me to play derby; that’s been the biggest gift. I’ve become so much more empowered and self-aware. And now I have so many beautiful people in my life because of it. Have I mentioned how much I love roller derby? ALL THE LOVE!

What one piece of gear would you recommend?
Oh dear goodness, please wear all the gear. I would recommend never skimping on good gear. You can replace a knee pad much more readily than a knee.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Do it! Try it. Come in with tough skin and be ready to work. It’s not easy, no, but the effort with never be in vain.

Kim Karsmashian, #0

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Name: Kim Karsmashian (Smash)
Number: 0
Age: 25

What is your skating position?
Jammer

Where did you grow up?
New York

What do you do for a living?
I'm a business analyst at Kaiser Permanente.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Running, exploring California, trying all the vegan restaurants.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
Soccer, basketball, lacrosse, softball

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
No! My first practice was the first time I'd ever worn quad skates.

What's your pump up song?
Right now - Bodak Yellow by Cardi B

What is a fun fact about you?
Not to brag, but I can recite all of the words to every rap song ever made.

Favorite food?
Vegan waffles at Seabirds

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
To make food I see on the internet magically appear in front of me to eat.

Who is your derby crush?
All the hardworkin' babes of OCRD

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
When I moved here from NY last summer, I was looking for a sport near my house to join to make some friends. This was the coolest sport that came up on the Google.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since August 2016

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
There's not really a story. I love trash TV and I live for the drama, so a Kardashian seemed like a logical fit.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Easiest: plows; Hardest: transitions/tomahawk stops

What is your favorite derby story so far?
Getting whipped by Super D in our last game was pretty awesome.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I have so many friends! I can be really introverted and it can take me a long time to get comfortable around new people, but OCRD has been really welcoming and great.

What one piece of gear would you recommend?
All of the gear.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Don't overthink it! You'll be glad you joined.

Rhodie, #401

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Name:  Rhodie
Number: 401
Age: 31

What is your skating position?
Blocker, aspiring Pivot

Where did you grow up?
Rhode Island

What do you do for a living?
I'm a supervisor at a foster family agency. I train, certify, and support foster and adoptive families, and it’s pretty much the best job in the world.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I like to knit and pick up heavy stuff.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
I did competitive cheerleading through high school and most of college, and tried out rugby for minute in college.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I had zero experience skating before my first practice in 2014.

What's your pump up song?
Before a bout I always listen to Get Low- DJ Snake, to get used to those words being yelled at me repeatedly by my wall mates.

What is a fun fact about you?
I play roller derby?

Favorite food?
I like carbs in all forms. Pasta, bread, cereal, potatoes...

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
I already have one. I can fall asleep anywhere, at any time.

Who is your derby crush?
I really admire my teammates and my coaches. They push me to work harder and want to see me succeed. At a higher level, I love to watch Demanda Riot and Brawn Swanson play,

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
In 2014, my then boyfriend, now husband, and I moved here from Rhode Island, and had no job and knew no one. I was beyond homesick and lonely, and then got an OC bout flyer at Octoberfest, so I decided to give it a try. It’s still the best decision I’ve ever made,

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since December 19, 2014

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
I was really homesick when I joined, so I picked Rhodie to represent my home state. 401 is the area code. We're so small we only have one.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
I don't think anything came easy for me when I started. I've had to skate a lot outside of practice and cross train to get to where I am now. I struggled with plows and transitions for what felt like forever. I'm still told at least 5 times at every practice to get low. But that's why I love derby. There's always room to grow and improve, and opportunities to push yourself. And there are always people to push and encourage you, and remind you that you're standing like a flagpole.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I don’t know that they’re stories, but my best memories have been being voted Captain of the C team last season, taking 3rd at Battle for the IE last year, winning our home season tournament this year. I love watching our league and teams succeed.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It's shown me my strength, both physically and mentally, after coming back from a leg break, and then hardware removal surgery. Derby pushes you beyond your limits but the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment is so worth it.

What one piece of gear would you recommend?
For the love of god, buy good kneepads!

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Just do it. Be prepared to work harder than you ever have, but to also feel like you're a superhero

Cluster Fox, #56

Name:  Cluster Fox
Number: 56
Age: 40

What is your skating position?
Jammer, Aspiring Pivot

Where did you grow up?
Orange County

What do you do for a living?
I teach elementary school.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Being outside – gardening, floating in my pool, cooking delicious plants

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
I was a competitive figure skater and gymnast as a child, but I haven’t played any sports as an adult.  Playing a team sport has been a new experience for me – I’ve much to learn about communication and strategy.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Loads

What's your pump up song?
No need to get pumped up when I have skates on my feet.  The adrenaline rush begins while I’m driving to practice.

What is a fun fact about you?
I can taste colors.

Favorite food?
All the veggies

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Mute button for this noisy world!

Who is your derby crush?
My teammates!  Honestly, my heart swells when I think about this group of strong women.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I looked into playing derby about 8 years ago, but didn’t feel confident enough to get involved.  About a year ago, a friend of mine saw OCRD practicing in Garden Grove and suggested I check it out.  I went to the orientation the next week and started skating within a few days.

How long have you been involved with derby?
A little over a year

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
My derby name is a play on my last name and my tendency to find a sneaky way through the pack.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Backwards skating and transitions are easiest for me.  Plow stops are the hardest.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
Not much of a storyteller, but there was that time that Scald Eagle and I hung out and didn’t eat Reese’s.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Derby has given me an outlet for my abundant energy, which has calmed the inner twitchiness a bit.

What one piece of gear would you recommend?
Strong legs

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Try it – it really is for anyone that wants to play.  We will teach you how to skate and look forward to crashing into you!

Panic Attacker, #124

Name:  Panic Attacker
Number:  124
Age:  45

What is your skating position?
Jammer who would love to become a better blocker.

Where did you grow up?
Orange County, CA

What do you do for a living?
I am a commercial producer.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Hanging with my family and doing anything that is water related.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any? 
If there was a sport to be played…I ran in the opposite direction until I found derby.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Yes, mostly skating to, from, and around school in college.

What's your pump up song?
I usually do more of a zen calm down thing before bouts sooooo Ocean Sounds?

What is a fun fact about you?
In college I was the Cal State Fullerton Mascot, Tuffy Titan.

Favorite food?
Food.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
The ability to add 4 hours to every day.

Who is your derby crush?
She knows…she knows.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since August of 2016.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby? What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
I have suffered from Anxiety and Panic Attacks since I was 16 years old and the older I get the worse it becomes. I needed something to help me deal with the every day stress of being a mother, business owner, and wife and the gym wasn’t doing it for me. Then I found derby.

When I skate I forget about everything else and I am just me. Derby has made me a stronger, better person and I take that new person everywhere I go. So, my name is my tribute to all of the women out there like me who are struggling to find their safe place in the world.

My number is a tribute to my husband for supporting me with my derby career and my never ending quest to be a stronger woman.

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Transitions came easily to me. The hardest “move” isn’t really a move but understanding the strategy of blocking.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
OCRD Vitamin C Squad's debut night. I am so proud of everyone on our team. Not only did we win but we had a fantastic time doing it. I look forward to many, many more bouts with my C team.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
See story about my name. It is all wrapped up into that.

What one piece of gear would you recommend?
Lysol!

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Do it if you are young. Do it if you are old! Do it if you are scared! Do it if you are not! Then when you do join make it your own journey and your own experience.

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.