Frozen Tundra #-273
What is the origin of your derby name/persona?
I’m from Wisconsin originally and was raised as a Green Bay Packer fan. It’s a reference for my upbringing, which is very close to my heart. The number is absolute zero cause that’s as frozen as it gets. 😉
What year did you join TRG?
I’ve always spent a fair amount of my season both blocking and jamming, but spent the majority of my play time on Capital Punishment last year as a blocker.
What do you do outside of roller derby?
I try and spend a lot of time with my close friends since they are my family here in Tallahassee. My job allows me to share my love of sports with the community and I’m especially happy working with kids and getting them all the gear they need to stay active.
Prior athletic background?
I played softball for years growing up and then Rugby during my undergrad at FSU. Surprisingly it translates well. I was always skating around behind my older brother as a child so that part came more easily for me.
How did you get into roller derby?
I saw my first game and thought, “I can totally do this and it looks like so much fun.” I went to practice the next afternoon and never stopped going!
Jailbreak Betties Stellar Season Blocker 2012
What is an unexpected way derby has impacted your life?
When I first went to practices before even qualifying, Erin Breakabitch told me that derby was going to change me so much and I really couldn’t understand how at that moment. In a lot of ways I am still the same person, but I am so much stronger in my love for that person that I am. I have been challenged in all aspects of my life over the last 5 seasons and derby has been the constant that has given me the strength to keep pushing and learning and growing. The hardest practices have gotten me through the saddest times in my life and shown me that I can just keep skating and I will come through in the end. The support of my team and friends has been there in times of self doubt and I don’t know what my life could possibly look like right now if I hadn’t put those quad skates back on in 2010. I will skate until I literally can’t and will always be involved in my local derby league wherever I end up.
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’s a great community and there are places for everyone even if you can’t skate.