Rhodie, #401


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