Gotham Girls Roller Derby
New York City, New York
Boots: Custom Riedell 595 - black and silver
Plates: PowerDyne Reactor
Cushions: PowerDyne Magic Cushions - Purple (89A)
Bearings: KwiK Swiss Nitride
Bio: I joined Gotham Girls Roller Derby in May 2004. This consisted of 9 girls showing up in full pads and helmets to Jam Skate Night in the South Bronx and trying to learn to roller skate and hit each other between the dance skaters. I played basketball and ran track in grade school and left sports after freshman year of high school for the more fitting world of marching band and art college. Through roller derby I have rediscovered my inner athlete.
I have won the League MVP award twice and was also voted Derby News Networks' Reader's Poll winner for National Double Threat twice. I have traveled the world teaching roller derby to newer leagues in my "spare" time.
Though it is fun being well known in the derby world, I love living in New York City as an anonymous nobody among the millions.
Roller derby arrived and filled a void in the world for women who are over 21 and wanted to be athletic together. Now it's grown to include Jr. skaters too. It is a tremendous social community. It has changed our bodies, our self image, our lives. The fact that a full contact sport can get so many average women from all walks of life to be fearlessly jumping on to roller skates and hitting is simply incredible. I am honored to be selected by Riedell to represent this sport, our sport.