Name: Garlic Dread
What do you do for the league?
What is your skating position?
I'm the ball (AKA the Jammer).
Where did you grow up?
Apple Valley, California … where there are no apples.
What do you do for a living?
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
As soon as I could walk my mom threw me into dance. I practiced tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet until middle school (and I have the embarrassing photos to prove it). After that I tried cross country, volleyball, skateboarding, Aikido, and basketball but nothing ever stuck. In high school I ended up on the cheerleading squad.
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Besides the odd days on inlines as a kid, none.
What is a fun fact about you?
I'm really good at Tetris.
I recently got a paper airplane circling a small birthmark on my arm.
If you had a secret power, what would it be?
The ability to teleport myself and up to 20 people.
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I had an acquaintance who joined and I waffled for years on whether or not to play. One day I was tired of being bored so I went to an orientation. I was in Phase 1 two weeks later and I hadn't even watched a game of derby.
How long have you been involved with derby?
What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I jokingly posted on Facebook that I would call myself Garlic Bread if I couldn't decide on a name. My derbymates commented many suggestions and Garlic Dread stuck. Thanks Bacon!
Other notable options included Garlic A-Hole-y, Snarlic Dread, or Dread Garlic Knot.
What's the meaning behind your number?
Ripped it from that high school jam aptly titled “Get Low”.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
My favorite stories are when my teammates and I are just sitting around talking about absurd things. All these wonderful humans keep me laughing and also listen when I'm frustrated. It sounds cliche but it's so hard to pick just one.
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
How hasn't derby changed my life? There's something about being able to push a three wall of blockers ten feet that bleeds into your daily life.
What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Just show up. Once you show up and strap on those skates you won't regret it. Even the falling.