“The Fatal Current”
Hometown: The City of Destiny
Derby position: Jammer, Blocker
How did you get into derby? I was interested in joining but didn’t know how to skate. I was recruited at a concert, and basically liked that I could be totally supported in the effort to try something I’d never done before. I thought I’d play derby for three months tops – 8 years later, I’m still at it, and helping other people learn to do the same!
Did you play other sports previously? I played/tried lots of sports in the past, including gymnastics, softball and logrolling (Not kidding, they had a class at the Y that I took when I was 8.) but I didn’t really find a sport I liked until I started playing basketball when I was 10. Due to the fact that I’m 5’0”, my career in basketball was *cough* short-lived. I was a foil fencer throughout high school, which gave me some of my quick reaction time and my ability to roll off of and avoid hits – and played rugby for about a week in college, until I prioritized my precious, precious brain over my need for destruction. Eventually, though, destruction won out and I started playing roller derby. I’ve had a lot of great experiences in this sport, it’s been awesome to be part of the growth and development of our crazy throwdown on eight wheels. I really love playing derby – there’s absolutely nothing else like it. It’s also an intensely strategic and athletic sport, and I really appreciate the collaborative approach to developing and implementing strategy. There’s no better feeling than a coordinated pack wreaking havoc on the track!
What personifies you? I’m kind of obsessed with terrible action movies. I really identify with the main characters. They’re superficially tough for no discernible reason. I love the ridiculousness and bombast of hyper-masculinity, especially as expressed in terrible eighties and early nineties cinema. Lately I’m pretty into anything starring Van Damme and/or Dolph Lundgren.
Awards / Honors: I won some rookie of the year awards and jammer of the year awards- a couple too tree times.