Jackie Daniels - #07
Photo courtesy of Zakas Photography
Riedell Skate Setup:
- Boots: Custom Riedell Solaris Hybrid
- Plates: PowerDyne Reactor Pro Series
- Cushions: PowerDyne Magic Cushions - Yellow (85A)
- Bearings: KwiK Swiss Nitride
- Wheels: Radar Halo Green 97A
- Footbed: R-Fit
- Gear Bag: Riedell Travel Bag
Years Playing Derby: I started in 2005, and played my first games in 2006. So, I have played 13 years and 12 seasons, headed into my 14th year of derby!
Current Team(s) Skating For:
- Texas Rollergirls - Austin, TX
- USA Roller Derby
Position: All - Blocker, Pivot, and Jammer
Why I choose to skate Riedell:
The fit and the natural materials all providing the best quality and boot feel. Not to mention, they are the best looking!
What I love about Roller Derby:
Community, fun and competition. All of the friends that come along the way!
One piece of derby advice for someone just starting out:
You have plenty of time. Have patience with yourself, kindness and fairness for others, and be the best team/leaguemate you can be - everything else will stack up if you add some honest work to that.
My best derby memory:
It’s always changing pending my current goals, and what I feel I am missing or wanting more of. Right now I would say, coaches. As a leader myself, I rarely get coached. I have ran as a Captain many seasons, because I know I have a lot to give, in terms of time/effort, and wanting to give the very best to my skaters/teammates. I also coach, because I so desperately want to be coached myself, with few options in derby, I want to give that to people/teams. Lately, I have really been reminiscing some great memories of being coached. I come from a gymnastics background, we had strict coaches. My flexibility wasn’t great, when doing center splits, I couldn’t get down to the ground, my coach would sit on my back until I could. I am used to being asked or pushed to give more, and I always can. I can always dig deeper. Technically, the hardest games I should have ever had, have been the best I have ever played. I like pressure, and I rise to the occasion. You add a coach to that - and I can do anything. So, lately I have really been drawing on memories of Justice Feelgood Marshall and Angel Dustt from many Windy City Rollers games needing a jammer shake up, and pulling me from blocking, and putting me in to jam when we were behind in a crucial game. They would be like we need you to jam. I like being needed, and I knew I had to turn it up for my team, so I would. At the 2014 World Cup, USA Roller Derby played a Stars VS Stripes game and I was on the team as a double threat, but mostly jamming (which, I had never been a primary jammer before, nor did I really practice to jam) for that game. It was gonna be tough, I was really nervous. Justin Campoy/Endless Justin handed me a jammer panty, looked me in the face and was like “I trust you”, I killed it that game. I think I may have had 100% lead, or close to (at least that is how I remember it!). I miss jamming, but mostly, I miss being asked to rise to the occasion. I’ll do anything for my coaches, or my team - so those are my current resurfacing memories.
What I consider to be my super power:
Knowing where the opponent jammer will go next and where to be. Or, being a supporting actress on the track, and knowing how to help my pack mates play their best in the moment.