Rabid Squirrel, #42

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Name: Rabid Squirrel
Number: 42
Age: 54

What do you do for the league?
I’m head of human resources and I help with managing our website.

Where did you grow up?
Pennsylvania

What do you do for a living?
I’m a software engineer.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I enjoy hiking, swimming, card making, and especially reading. I just love reading all kinds of books.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I was on swim team for 7 years as a kid and ice skated on and off for many years.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Besides ice skating, I roller skated as a kid and inline skated as an adult.

What is a fun fact about you?
One day I was sitting on the swings at a park with my boyfriend and his sister while her kids were playing. I said “Let’s see who can swing highest the fastest”. She said “You’ll compete at anything”. Yep. I will. I’ll make anything a competition. And I always want to win!

Favorite place to visit?
New Zealand. The scenery is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the hiking is fantastic.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
To make people get out of my way just by thinking about it. It would be so handy when I’m walking or driving because there are ALWAYS people moving annoyingly slow in front of me. It also would’ve been extremely useful when I was playing derby, especially when jamming :)

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
A friend of mine from my synchronized ice skating days started playing derby in Charlotte. She was telling me about it and it sounded like a lot of fun, but I thought I was too old to do it. Regardless, I looked into it and found out that OC Roller Girls (now OC Roller Derby) practiced near my house so I went to an orientation and joined on the spot. I’m so glad I did.

How long have you been involved with derby?
4 years

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I’ve been told I’m like Hammy from “Over the Hedge” and there are definitely a lot of similarities. So I thought Squirrel might work as a name but it just didn’t sound derby enough. Then I remembered a scene in the movie where they made Hammy appear to be rabid and I thought “That’s it. A squirrel isn’t that scary, but a rabid squirrel is!”.

What's the meaning behind your number?
42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It taught me that I’m capable of pushing myself way outside my comfort zone.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Don’t compare yourself to other skaters. It doesn’t matter if others move up faster than you. Everyone progresses at their own pace. The only person you should compare yourself to is yourself. Focus on improving one thing every practice. Maybe that means holding a one foot glide for a second longer or getting a quarter of a lap more when doing the 27 and 5. Just set a goal for what you want to achieve and measure your progress. Having strong fundamental skills will make you a better skater in the long run.