KP #27

KP

Photo by Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez

"Don't Quit"

When did you start playing Roller Derby?
About a year ago.
What positions do you normally play/like to play?
I really like being a blocker in games. But I like jamming at practices.
What do you love about Roller Derby?
I love that you cannot judge a person's skills or abilities just by looking at them.
What do you love about Dutchland?
What's not to love? It's an environment of women who motivate you to be better, not better than each other but better than the skater you were yesterday.
Favorite Roller Derby moment?
Playing a full game and hearing people I didn't even know cheering me on. It was pretty awesome.
Most embarrassing Roller Derby moment?
I have so many, lol. I would have to say playing in my first game and not realizing that I was supposed to be in that jam, and getting out there just as the whistle blew to tell me that it was too late. We lost that game by 1 point. I think I cried all the way home.
What is one piece of advice you could give to newer girls or those who are thinking about joining Roller Derby?
Please even if it's just a thought, do it. You are gonna fall a lot -- it's expected and you will look and feel like a newbie, but it's so much fun. The roller derby community is huge and growing, but it's so supportive and accepting.
What is one thing that Roller Derby/Dutchland helped you achieve?
It has helped me to achieve so much in the short time I have been playing. But I would say confidence. I am introverted person and I'm very shy by nature, at times I feel invisible. And that's okay with me. But I had a woman come up to me at work one day and say "Aren't you one of those derby girls?!" It was such an awesome feeling to be able to say, "Yes, I am." I was not invisible in that moment I was just proud. It turned out to be a teammates mom, Cho-Zen's, but I was still proud.
What has Roller Derby taught you?
It has taught me to be kinder and more patient with myself. I can be my own worst enemy at times, even when I know I pushed myself past my limits. What helps is I started a journal when I first began tot class, and whenever I feel like I'm not getting anywhere I open it up and realize just how far I have come.
Anything you'd like to say to your adoring fans?
Thank you! Seriously, thank you! I love seeing people attend the bouts and cheering for the Dutchland girls.