Boot camp coordinator, jammer, blocker, and overall total badass, our September League Member of the Month is #3 Freak Show.
Freak has spent the majority of our 2019 season on the sidelines due to a knee injury. But “sidelined” doesn’t mean “absent” for this athlete. Being unable to participate can take an emotional and physical toll on anyone, but Freak has attended nearly every practice to do self-guided workouts and watch our strategy and drills, and she has coached every bootcamp session from her crutches.
Our amazing teammate has even coached a dozen brand new skaters to roster eligibility this season. The league is so grateful for her hard work and dedication to making Tallahassee roller derby a success. Read on to learn more about this awesome human…
- What is your role in the league?
I serve as our boot camp coordinator. That means I am responsible for running our new skater program and training anyone who wants to learn how to play roller derby. (I also have a few fantastic teammates who help me out!) This is the third season that I have been running our new skater training.
I also serve as one of our WFTDA representatives, which means I serve as a liaison between the team and the roller derby governing body.
- How did you get involved with roller derby?
In 2007, I was recruited to play roller derby from an open skate. My roommates and I used to go to an adult skate night in Tampa every Thursday. One night a girl named Candy Corn came up to me and said, “You’re a giant and you can already skate well. You should play roller derby.” Two weeks later, I was enrolled in Tampa’s “Fresh Meat” program. I’ve been playing ever since.
I joined TRG as a transfer skater five years ago. I had played derby for several teams in the Tampa Bay area before making a home for myself in Tallahassee. I’ve been playing derby for 11 seasons now.
- What do you do outside of roller derby?
In the “real adult world” I am passionate about food and fitness. I am trained as a chef and work as a public health specialist for a statewide nutrition program that serves low-income families. I am a workout fiend, a weightlifter, distance runner, and occasionally a drag performer.
- What is your favorite derby-related memory?
My favorite memory with TRG is when we played Fort Meyers two years ago. We were down three points with just minutes left in the game. I knew if I got lead in the final jam, we could take the win. The jam started, I heard the whistle, and I was lead! Our defense played flawlessly and held the opposing jammer so I was able to score enough points before calling off the jam. There were pictures of me crying happy tears after I realized we had won the game.
Congratulations to Freak Show. For being our Member of the Month she gets a free float from our sponsor, Driftaway Float Center.