Jackie Daniels - #07
Riedell Skate Setup:
- Boots: Custom Riedell Solaris
- Plates: PowerDyne Reactor Pro Series
- Cushions: PowerDyne Magic Cushions - Yellow (85A)
- Bearings: KwiK Swiss Nitride
- Wheels: Radar Halo Green 97A
- Gear Bag: Riedell Travel Bag
Years Playing Derby: 11 years
Current Team(s) Skating For:
- Texas Rollergirls Texecutioners and Hotrod Honeys
- Team USA
Position: Pivot, Jammer, and Blocker
Why I Skate Riedell:
I started skating Riedell as a recommendation from my skating coach in 2005. I met a Riedell rep and skate shop manager in 2008 and they spent a ton of time talking to me about my feet, my skating and getting me in a perfect solution for me. They are a family business, always focused on skating – they have always wanted my feedback and continue putting the best skates out for derby. In early January 2014, I toured the facility – it was amazing and only grew my love for the company and boots. Also, their employees have created a library, how amazing is that?! I feel like Riedell’s craftsmanship matches the care and dedication I put into my own training. They make my training come to life at its fullest.
How I Got into Roller Derby:
I wanted to play after reading an article about Gotham, desperately. I didn’t think I would have the chance living in Grand Rapids, MI. I didn’t even know you could just start a league at that point. I was already obsessed and knew nothing. I talked about it enough that someone finally said back – “hey, I think some women are trying to start a league here. I joined the roller_girls yahoo group, haha!” I chased down the person we thought might be involved at the bar she worked at and she invited me to join. It was also league picture night so she told me their colors and what to wear. I showed up that night we took photos, I told them my name would be Jackie Daniels, threw on some rentals and got my feet back under me. It a few weeks after they started and 80% of the women were learning to skate for the first time. I was determined to help make it happen, so I dove into leadership on and off skates.
I like to take a walk and just zone out, look around the city, town or nature surroundings before heading to the venue. At the venue, I like to do check ins with my teammates, bit of eye contact, get us feeling good and making sure we’re on, that they feel they have what they need to succeed. And, trim my nails, I love a fresh trim. With travel and so many years behind me, I’ve learned to develop rituals that can work anywhere. If the team feels good, I feel good, so I concentrate anything I can do to help that.
Favorite Thing(s) To Do Outside of Derby:
Lingering dinners in or out with friends, spending time outdoors, particularly in Michigan in summer or winter, taking the architectural boat tour in Chicago, physical labor, creating, recreating – but I am pretty comfortable doing mostly all derby for now!