Fired Up

Fired Up 100%

What is the origin of your derby name/persona?

I’ve always been accused of having way too much energy, and I will try just about anything with gusto. I’m pretty much always 100% fired up, just ask my friends. Also, my first pair of real rollerskates back in the 70’s were black with yellow flames on them, I still have them!

What year did you join TRG?

2014

Primary position?

Blocker

What do you do outside of roller derby?

There IS an outside of roller derby? For money I am an insurance auditor and inspector. Needed to spice it up some.

Prior athletic background?

None. I went from relative couch potato to derby girl!

How did you get into roller derby?

Skated my whole life. First love is skating, couldn’t do anything really fancy, but loved it. Back in Michigan I even had a skating dance partner.  We didn’t compete, but we looked pretty cool flowing all around the rink. It just took me forever to find derby. Joined as a dare from a friend and couldn’t think of quitting now. 

Accolades?

So far I get the self-appointed “oldest skater” award. 

What is an unexpected way derby has impacted your life?

More self confidence, definitely.  Acceptance from people who are different from me. Learning to accept others too. That part is huge. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to newer league members or those who are thinking about joining roller derby?

Do it!  It is a great group of women who will help, encourage, teach, and be there for you. Skate as much as you can on your own too.