When did you begin to play derby?
What's the story behind your name?
I tended bar as a second job when I started derby, and my co-workers incessantly threw name suggestions at me. This one stuck, owing to the fact that it has my real first name in it (Pro tip: pick a skate name involving a drink, and you'll never find yourself with an empty glass at an after party. Just make sure you like your namesake, because that's what fans will be buying you).
You dedicate a lot of time to derby, so what has derby done for you? Derby is the only team sport I've ever been part of (unless high school Scholastic Bowl counts-Go Middies! State Champ Nerds!) For me, derby has defined not only what it means to be an athlete, but a teammate as well. Derby motivates me to pusH myself harder physically and mentally, a trait which has affected my non-derby life in great ways. Thanks to my time on the training committee, I have become a better public speaker and critical problem solver. I've traveled and met lots of interesting people on the various derby trips I've taken. Most importantly JSRG is full of the most fascinating, funny, smart and inspirational people who I am now lucky to call my friends. Especially DRB<3
Derby idols? Smarty for her skills and strategy knowledge, Loren Mutch for killing the jump from juniors to adults, Vicious Van GoGo for being so chill when I fangirled her on the street.
How'd you get into derby? I picked up a business card at a Freehold coffee shop for a league in South Jersey, stuck it in my wallet, and didn't look at it for like 6 months. Then my dog died, my car got demolished, and my best friend moved to CA, so I figured if I was going to go through some chaos, I might as well make some of it fun. The South Jersey league never answered my emails, but JSRG did. All I had to do was show up and hang on.
Favorite derby moment? Beatdown v. Granite State, 2012-the entire bout, including pre-and after-parties.
Derby goals? Stronger, Faster, Harder, Higher.