Spice, spice baby, she's bringing a box full of pain!
I transferred to Dutchland in January 2012, but I began playing in February 2010 as a part of Diamond State Roller Girls (Wilmington, DE).
My very first bout was as a member of Diamond State versus Garden State in May 2010 — my first bout was an away one, we skated short, but we still fought hard and worked as a team. That 'fight each jam as if winning depended on it' mentality is something I work to bring to the track every time.
Jammer and Pivot, but I'm happy to play any position where I'm needed.
Dutchland's 2013 season is in full swing and it's looking good! What are you looking forward to in the next few bouts?
I am stoked for amazing teamwork on the track! The Blitz is gelling so well as a team at practice, so I can just imagine how fabulous it will be on bout day!
What do you love about Roller Derby?
I love the teamwork and sense of community. I know it's been said before, but it's really like having an amazing second family.
What brought you to DDR?
It's such a fantastic group of dedicated skaters, who are there for each other in derby and non-derby things alike. I enjoy bouting and competition, and DDR offers that while being a fantastic group of people off the track as well. I love that DDR values teamwork, has excellent coaching, and gives each skater tools they need to reach the level of derby that's right for them.
What is your most embarrassing derby moment?
I feel like there are probably ten embarrassing moments each night I'm in a scrimmage against the All-Stars. Thankfully, I don't embarrass easily, so I don't get too distracted by it.
What is your favorite derby moment?
There are so many! But one of them is a jam start that I had against three Philly blockers, plus their jammer, in a situation where I only had one blocker, Emma Pistol, helping me on the floor. She was able to hold that Philly jammer back long enough that I was able to get lead jammer!
What is one piece of advice you could give to newer girls or those who are thinking about joining Roller Derby?
Go for it! It will give you the drive you need to build to bust through plateaus and become a better skater.
What is one thing that Roller Derby/Dutchland helped you achieve?
Roller derby has helped me with so many aspects of health (both physical and mental) and fitness. It's driven me to not just attend practice for my workouts, but also regularly cross train (more disciplines than you'd probably want to read), and fuel my body with the nutrition it needs to succeed.
What has Roller Derby taught you?
That if something is truly important to me, I have a great shot at making it happen with enough work.
Skates: Riedell Divines with short-mount Reactor plates, all vegan and surprisingly durable boots Wheels: Usually Juke Alloys & 8-ball bearings (though seriously eyeing up Moto bearings and the new Bullet wheels) Protective Gear: 187 for all my pads. They make the highest quality kneepads I've ever worn. Bell Faction helmet that gets replaced fairly frequently (whether it looks like it needs it or not). Must-Haves: Sparkly booty shorts. Coconut water and dates for bout night fuel.
Send out some heart-felt derby love to your peeps…
Josie Cuervo, thanks for getting me started when I was first transferring over. To the whole Captains & Coaches staff: thank you for always providing guidance and pushing us to excel. Huge thanks to all my teammates for being so great to work with on the track. To everyone I've skated with and against, thank you for helping me learn how to be better. And last but definitely not least, thanks to Orson for always supporting me in derby, even when it gets crazy.