A new month means a new skater of the month! Congrats to one of our skaters with the best attitude and most infectious smile, Fired Up!
How did you pick your derby name?
I wanted some thing that was very different from my real life, but still displayed my personality – and somehow had to incorporate flames, as I drive a minivan with flames on the back. It only seems fitting to be “Fired Up” 100%!
What position do you play?
I’m a first-year blocker.
How long have you been skating and why did you join? Any skating/athletic background?
I’ve been rollerskating my whole life. (There are pictures back to age 3.) Since rollerskating is kind of “out of style “now, this seemed the best way to be able to use my skating ability and have a great time. No one told me you really get hit and knocked around a lot.
I had absolutely no athletic background. The toughest sport I played in school was piano. And let me tell you, roller derby is an intense athletic sport.
What’s your favorite overall thing about roller derby and/or your favorite moment in derby so far?
Favorite thing about roller derby is the comaraderie. The mutual support of all of these girls. We come from very different backgrounds, and it’s nice that we forget all of that and just play derby. Favorite moment: when a girl from the other team recognized me and said “Hi Fired Up, I’m going to hit you”, I replied with “yup, you sure are.” She countered with “and you’re going down.” I replied calmly “No, I’m not going down, you can hit me but I won’t go down.” … And I didn’t!
What was something unexpected that you got out of roller derby?
An increased awareness of, and pride in myself and my own personal self confidence.
What do you feel proud about so far?
Making the A-team my first year in.
Honestly? The fact that I’m keeping up with people 20 to 30 years younger than myself. I’m not the best, but I’m still sticking in there.
Any advice to the derby world?
Stay with it. If you make a commitment to derby, you made a commitment to derby. If that’s three days a week, so be it. Come to practice. We need a whole team committed.
To the non-derby world: come on out and check us out. And even join, it doesn’t matter if you’re good or not. We can teach you. The more the merrier. It’s all positives with TRG!