Name: Wreck-It Red
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!
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?
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!