Hella Kitty - 81
What is the origin of your derby name and/or number?
I'm a dork and love Hello Kitty. When people first meet me and find out I play derby, they are surprised because they think I'm too nice or sweet. I wanted a name that could represent both the sweet and sassy in me. And my number is the year all this awesomeness was brought into this world.
What teams(s) have you played with?
I have actively played as a member of Backwoods Bombshells, Madams of Mayhem and TCRD. I got my start with the Dolls of Destruction and Quad State Derby Dames.
How/when did you discover derby?
In 2009, I was working as a reporter and covering a community event when I saw this group of super awesome ladies who were all different shapes and sizes and just totally badass. They all had this confidence that radiated from their inner core and I knew I wanted to feel that for myself even though I didn't know how to skate. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to join derby at the time because I had just months before given birth to my son and had super crazy work hours. Fast forward to 2013, I discovered a friend played for a derby team. I still didn't know how to skate, but I went to my first practice anyway and was hooked from there.
How has derby impacted your life?
Derby has taught me to love and accept myself because I am enough. It has also taught me that it is okay to be different. Everyone on the team comes from different backgrounds and has a different story; but when we are on the track, we are a unit and work together for a common goal. I have also made friends all over the world. Derby has given me a unique and diverse family.
What derby position(s) do you enjoy playing?
Blocker, but I am trying to do more jamming to be able to play all three positions: pivot, blocker and jammer (PB&J). I also like to ref when I'm not playing.
Do you have a personal goal for this year?
Do more jamming in practice so I feel more comfortable jumping into that position in games.
What advice do you have for new skaters?
Don't think you aren't good enough, strong enough or aren't built for derby. There is a place for everyone and you will become better and stronger with each practice. And don't ever be afraid to fall. Even the best skaters still fall, that's why we all wear gear.
What are your non-derby hobbies?
Riding motorcycles, sharing my love of music with my son, skate dates with my best friend, crafting, reading and swimming.
What is your day job?
Final thoughts ...
Life is too short to waste wondering "what if". Just do the damn thing ... "NO REGERTS!"