Name: Lezlie Grope
What do you do for the league?
I run the minimum skills test.
What is your skating position?
These days I either play as a pivot on the inside or as a brace.
Where did you grow up?
Colorado! It’s cold there, I don’t recommend it. Lol jk (kinda)
What do you do for a living?
I work in an office as an operations coordinator. I’m basically responsible for everything my company does involving Amazon.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Drawing, painting, animating, hiking, and any kind of outdoor activity with the doggos.
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I was on the swim team in high school, I played tennis for a minute when I was a kid, and I grew up riding horses and competing in shows and other competitions which took up 100% of my time outside of school.
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
What is a fun fact about you?
Ummmm…..one time I fell into a literal manhole and I think I broke the whole sprinkler system because it caused my entire apartment complex to flood. It was at like 3 in the morning and I didn’t know what to do so I ran away and as I was watching the water get higher and higher I called the police and told them some idiot must have broken the water system 😊😊😊. This is why I have a very legitimate fear of walking over manholes and I refuse to do it lol.
If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Invincibility, so I don’t have to worry about breaking any more bones haha
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
My friend from back home in Colorado wanted to join, but she didn’t want to do it alone so she asked if I would go with her and I said absolutely!! I knew almost nothing about it before I joined, but I loved it right from the start.
How long have you been involved with derby?
4 years? I think!
What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
Parks and Rec is one of my favorite shows ever which is how I came up with Lezlie Grope. It was actually not my first (or second or third or fourth) choice for a derby name, but all the other ones I wanted were taken.
What's the meaning behind your number?
I am a Disney nerd so I decided to make my number 33 after Club 33 in Disneyland.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
My favorite derby memory was at RollerCon last year when I played in the Tomboys vs. Fasholes bout. That was when I was first getting back into skating a lot after breaking my ankle. I was really nervous to play because my team (Tomboys) had a pretty good all-star lineup (I still don’t know why they let me play lol). I talked myself out of doing it because I didn’t feel like I was good enough, but I was convinced to do it thanks to my wonderful best buddies (Jukes, Hook, Smash, and Fox), and Jukes even got to play in it as well which helped me be less nervous. They were right. It was the most fun I’ve had in a game and I got to play on a line with Brawn freaking Swanson the whole time.
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I’ve met so many amazing people and it’s allowed me to make connections with people from all over. It’s such a humbling sport. On one hand I feel stronger than I ever have before, but I’m also constantly going up against people who can knock my ass into next week…and I love it!!
What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Being really bad at something is the first step to being kind of good at something! The thing I hear a lot from most new skaters is they think they suck at it or they will never be as good as someone who has been doing it for a long time. Most skaters had no experience prior to starting derby and we all looked like Bambi on ice for a long time before making it onto a team. Honestly in my eyes if you’re falling a lot it shows me that you’re trying your hardest and that will really help you out in the long run.