I love how mentally and physically challenging derby is and how much strategy and strength it requires.
You primarily play as a blocker. Tell us about your blocking style. Do you have any particular strategies?
I always think to myself: "If I were jamming, what path would I take." I also always try to be prepared to shift around, get low, and stay strong.
What other sports have you played and how have they helped you with roller derby?
I've played soccer, billiards, and Frisbee golf. These sports have prepared me for roller derby mentally by teaching me to read people and adjust strategy on the fly. Most importantly, my profession of being a massage therapist has helped me to see where the jammer is likely to go based on body position, weight distribution on their skates, and stride.
What is your favorite thing to practice?
Jamming in super slow-mo.
What is your least favorite thing to practice?
Hockey stops, because they are so challenging.
Who is your biggest hero on the track?
My teammate, Flash, because she is always positive, patient, and her passion is infectious.
Who is your biggest hero off the track?
Dr. Michelle Roseberry, my holistic doctor, because she helps put me back together after derby and keeps me playing longer and stronger.
What is your favorite motivational quote?
“If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." - Fred DeVito
What is one thing that you wish you knew when you were just starting out in derby?