How long have you been skating?
I joined BRRD as an NSO in 2009. I became a skater in 2010. I have been roller skating since I was 3 years old. My mom had me on skates and I hated them. (I actually threw them away) Within the next year, I fell in love with skating and have been ever since!
What is your favorite derby moment?
Being captain of the Hard Knockers in season 8. Even though we still came in 3rd place that season, we had the best record we have had since early seasons. I believe we had a winning season in season 2. We had a very positive season that year.
What is your pre-bout routine? Any rituals?
I actually do not have anything major. I do prep food and generally eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I do my best to focus. I listen to a few songs on the way to the venue. That’s about it!
What does your derby name mean?
It is based off of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli’s girlfriend from “Happy Days.” Many people think my number is from the band 311, but it is actually not. March 11 is the day my best friend passed away. She would have LOVED roller derby and I wear that number as a reminder that I play to make her happy. Making her happy keeps her close to me everyday. I also feel that she watches over me when I play.
How important is derby in your life?
Derby has given me confidence. I have Crohn’s Disease and sometimes the disease really breaks you down. I have grown both mentally and physically since joining derby. I have joined an online support group for other roller derby skaters who have invisible diseases and have learned so much from them. I appreciate being able to challenge myself and not let the disease control what I can and cannot do. It has made me a better person in every aspect of my life.
What advice would you give to someone looking to begin their roller derby career?
Do it. Don’t hesitate. Never second guess yourself. You can and will do this. Ask questions. Learn the game. The year I spent as an NSO directly contributed to how I learned the game. Have fun!
Anything else we should know about you?
I just want to say thank you. Thank you to all our fans, volunteers, and our families. I couldn’t play without my family’s support and I know that is true for many skaters. I am very excited for this year and the future of roller derby!!