How long have you been skating?
I loved to rollerblade as a kid, but I started playing derby in July of 2013. This is my fourth season, so just under 4 years.
What is your favorite derby moment?
Aaah, there are so many! I’ll say blocking during the final jam of the Rolling Pin-Ups vs Cleveland Steamers 2014 Championship. We drew a track cut to clinch the title for the RPUs. It was incredible!
What is your pre-bout routine? Any rituals?
I typically watch derby footage or go for a walk in the mornings. I always do my laundry on bout days too – my athletic socks go straight from the dryer to my derby bag.
What does your derby name mean?
Oh, it’s nerdy. It’s a play on “Carmina Burana”, which is a pretty famous orchestral composition by Carl Orff. The most well-known and epic piece of the orchestra is “O Fortuna,” which is where the “0429” comes from. You’ve probably heard “O Fortuna” at a sporting event or on a TV commercial, or something of the like, I promise. But the piece is about the raw power and vehemence of fate, which is such a striking image and something I strive to embody in my gameplay. My favorite line translates to “now through the game, I bring my bare back to your villainy.”
How important is derby in your life?
Derby has become so much more than I ever thought it would. It is at the core of my identity and how I have come to define myself. It made me a stronger person in every way. The passion in the community is completely infectious.
What advice would you give to someone looking to begin their roller derby career?
Be relentless. Be fearless, even when you’re nervous. Come to every practice you can. Soak in every piece of mentoring you can. The more time you spend on skates, the better it gets!