Why I Play Roller Derby -with- Side Boob

South Side GirlsSkater Spotlight, Why I Derby

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What is the backstory on your Derby Name?

My original name was “Physical Terrorist” is reference to my physical therapy profession. It felt way too serious for me. I was watching Orange is the New Black and the warden’s lame band was called “SideBoob.” It felt right. Random and ridiculous. It makes it hard for our announcer to come up with fierce catch phrases about me, which is satisfying.

When did you start roller derby?

I started about 2 years ago. I had never played before and didn’t know the rules. Still don’t know them
so well. Failure to reform?

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Why did you start derby?

I loved quad skating as a kid growing up in the 80s and 90s. Spent a ton of time at Skate Central in
Missouri City, strutting around in my blue neon leotard with matching tights. I also love to compete and
am very physical and aggressive. When I heard about derby, it seems like a great fit.
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Has your why changed over the years?

I like the consistency and stability of being on the same team year after year, becoming a family. There’s
not much else out there with that kind of opportunity. In most sports, you play with different people
each season. There’s not that intense level of commitment from everyone. I also like that it’s
technically difficult and physically demanding, taking years to master. After 2 years, I feel like I am just
scratching the surface.

Things you wish you knew when you first started derby that you know now.

Joining derby is a great way to get into shape…kind of.

When I started, I thought I could come twice a week and count that as my exercise for the week. My back was killing me after a couple of months, and I couldn’t keep up physically, especially when jamming. I took up yoga to strengthen my core and jump
rope for cardio vascular fitness.

Now I exercise quite a bit so that I am derby ready. If you don’t stay fit, you can get hurt. So, joining has gotten me into shape, but not the way I thought it would .

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