BaBa Bootey #100

BaBa Bootey

Photo by Arvin Alson

When did you start playing Roller Derby?/ Join Date?
I joined the Tot program in January 2013. First bout was in October 2013.
Best Position?
What brought you to DDR? What do you love about Roller Derby?
I always loved skating. As a kid I would take any opportunity I could to go to the rink. As an adult…not much has changed except that I am better at it and now I get to share the track with a bunch of really awesome people.
What do you love about Dutchland?
I love the unity as a team. The pride everyone has in the league. Strength…Teamwork…
Favorite Roller Derby moment?
It is all one big ball of awesomeness!
What is your most embarrassing derby moment?
Yeah…my first home opener I got so nervous during introductions, instead of taking a lap and hitting the sidelines with everyone else I kept skating to try to catch up to the back of the pack. I wondered why it took me so long…I am a dork!
What is your proudest derby moment?
I think my proudest derby moment is when I got my jerseys. In that moment…It all got real! Another awesome moment is when everyone in my tot group made it to the Crush. We are the ‘super six’!
Got any injury stories?
Not from Derby…all injuries seem to happen when I am doing other stupid stuff.
Derby props?
Skates: Ridell 265’s
Wheels: Stingers
Protective Gear: Scabs
Must-Haves: H20 and a Handkerchief
What is one piece of advice you could give to newer girls or those who are thinking about joining Roller Derby?
What everyone else says…’just do it’. It changes lives and gives you strength you never thought you had, mentally and physically.
What has Roller Derby taught you?
Patience. I am still not the greatest at it but this has been an awesome learning experience.
Anything you'd like to say to your adoring fans?
Thank you to my awesome Sister and wonderful friends.