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.