Melanie Ianniello #11

Join Date?
June 2007
First bout?
April 2008
Best position?
What brought you to DDR?
I met a former skater, Stompin Lizzy Stanton, at Brendee's Irish Pub one summer night. She told me all about roller derby and Dutchland. I showed up for Sunday morning practice the next day and just kept coming back.
What keeps your wheels turning?
The camaraderie and fun that my leaguemates and I have together is a real bonus! I am also very grateful for the international roller derby community. I can go anywhere in the country or abroad and find a nearby derby league. I could attend a practice in Alaska and meet people who are passionate about this sport.
What is your most embarrassing derby moment?
I am not embarrassed by anything derby related. Everything about derby, even the painful and frustrating parts, is great.
What is your proudest derby moment?
I was awarded MVP when we played Providence in September of 2010. Dutchland competed in the WFTDA East Regional Playoffs Tournament in 2010 for the first time ever! That experience, while daunting and challenging, was a very proud moment for the entire league.
DDR Awards/ Fan Favorite Awards?
MVP Providence versus Dutchland in Sept 2010
"Spirit of the Team" league award in 2010
Teamwork league award in 2011
Dynamic Duo league award in 2011
Got any injury stories?
No serious injuries. One possible concussion and a sprained ankle, but those are hardly worth a story.
Impress us with your skating skills...
Just keep putting one skate in front of the other.
Derby Props?
Skates: Reidell boots. Powerdyne plates
Wheels: Radar Flat Outs, Bones China Red bearings
Protective Gear: Nothing exciting to report
Must-Haves: Skate tape
Send out some heartfelt derby love to your peeps..
I thank my family and friends for being so supportive. I love Dutchland, and my teammates are awesome.