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Birthday: February 8
Runner Up for most improved in 2009;
Best Bootlegger Pivot in 2011;
MVP Veteran for Deck the Dolls in 2012;
MVP Blocker against Appalachian in 2013;
I've won the Brain Boot, the Brute Boot and the MVP Boot at various times while playing on the Bootleggers.
Skate: Reidell 265s with Avenger plates and 88 Jukes or Reckless Icons.
Cross Training: Running, yoga, cycling class, weight lifting circuits, the occasional Athletic Performance team workout and even less occasional Ballet Burn.
Debut: Against my old teammates, the Cape Fear Roller Girls as a Carolina Bootlegger in June 2009!
Joined CRG: January 2008
Teams You've Played For: Carolina All-Stars, Carolina Bootleggers, Tai Chi-tahs, Debutante Brawlers, Trauma Queens, Cape Fear Rollergirls.
Favorite Location: Dorton Arena - it's home.
Favorite Surface: Anything but sport court.
How did you find derby?: I saw a program on the news in Wilmington, NC and thought it looked fun. I had no idea what I was getting into! I really, really couldn't skate! So after learning how to skate for almost two years with the Cape Fear Rollergirls, I had to move back to Raleigh to find a more sustainable job. I tried out for CRG in January of 2008.
Sports Background: I'm one of those people this is OK at a bunch of things, but not really good at anything. I dabbled in soccer and track, but I wasn't a star in either. For some people, derby comes naturally to them. For me, it wasn't (and still isn't) easy. It takes me a while to figure things out physically and I often get frustrated. But when you put in the hard work and it finally pays off, it's soo worth it!
Best Fresh Meat Moment: The first scrimmage practice back after breaking my leg in 2009. Everyone told me to take it easy but then handed me the Jammer hat. I went up against Holly Wanna Crackya, got lead jammer, got my five points and called it off! (Thank you, blocking pack!!)
Favorite Derby Memory: Hmm...I've had A LOT of great derby memories playing with the Carolina Bootleggers. Too many to name. However, I think the trip to New Hampshire sticks out to me also. (Probably because it was my first all-star travel trip and because it was more recent.) We were playing Boston and getting beat. Q jammed, got lead and got four points. A few jams later, I was thrown in at jammer and got lead and got four points. That was a great moment for us.
Likes: FOOD! I'm a foodie. I get made fun of because I take pictures of my food. I workout so I can eat more food. I also like reading, games and competition, traveling and the beach.
Dislikes: People that aren't willing to put in the work but feel entitled to things. Bickering on the track and bananas - I eat bananas, that doesn't mean I like them!
Derby Heroes: Wow! Where to start? I have a lot, but the ones that taught me to even stand up on my skates were Dee Spies, Esoterica Cain, and the ref Waylan Honor. The CRGs as a whole - too many to name individually. They have ALL helped in one way or another. Ginger Snap, Teflon Donna are in there too.
Name Inspiration: It took a lot of teamwork to come up with that one! But one of my old co-workers finally did it. (Thanks, Natasha.)
Food Before a Bout: Depends. Usually sushi from Whole Foods if it's a Dorton game. On the road? Some sort of tuna salad sandwich. But I HAVE to have my eggs and coffee for breakfast or the whole day is off for me.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? Teleporting? Is that the right word? Basically being able to blink or wiggle my nose and be some place else. I wouldn't have to pay for travel. I wouldn't have to deal with my car not working. I wouldn't have to deal with TSA or the lines at the airport. I wouldn't have to worry about any luggage getting lost. Or flight cancellations or flight delays. (Anyone that has heard my travel stories can attest to my bad luck in that department!) I'd have more time to do things and not spend as much time in traffic or waiting for things to happen.