Teflon Donna - #85
Riedell Skate Setup:
- Boots: Custom Solaris
- Plates: PowerDyne Arius Platinum
- Cushions: PowerDyne Arius Split Butterfly Cushions - Royal Blue (89A)
- Bearings: KwiK Ceramic
- Riedell R-Fit Insoles
- Wheels: Radar Halo Teal (88A)
- Gear Bag: Riedell Travel Bag
Years Playing Derby: 14 years
Current Team(s) Skating For:
- Philly Roller Derby Liberty Bells - Philadelphia, PA
Why I choose to skate Riedell:
Riedell is the best, it’s that simple! From the product line, to the material used, to hand-crafted boots right here in the USA – it all matters because that’s how I ended up with a skate that fits correctly, performs the way I want it to and ends up feeling like it’s an extension of me. Not to mention that I have always felt that the Riedell staff genuinely care about me and the derby community.
What I love about Roller Derby:
After all these years of playing, I have to say what I love most about roller derby is that the game is continually evolving, which means new challenges present themselves daily. I love the trial and error process of learning new skills, dissecting new strategies and developing ways to counter strategies. I really love the combined physical and mental aspects of the game. To excel you not only have to have the skill but you have to have an excellent understanding of the game.
One piece of derby advice for someone just starting out:
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or to fail. Too often the fear of failure prevents us from even trying.
My best derby memory:
June 30, 2013 when Philly played Windy City at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza. Philly came from behind in the final jam of the period to tie the game. As the jammer for the overtime jam, I was beyond nervous. I recall the opposing jammer breaking the pack first and coming around for a second scoring pass and the lap point as I was still stuck on my initial scoring pass. I final broke free, most of the rest is a blur as I think we were pretty much swapping points, but in the final seconds of the jam my teammates were able to hold the jammer and as I came around in what was my final scoring pass, the Windy City jammer broke free of the pack just in front of me. With seconds to go, I chased her down. As the jam ended I was certain that the score was going to be tied once again, but I looked up and saw that the scoreboard showed a 1 point Philly victory, 190-189.
What I consider to be my super power:
Invulnerability or at least the ability to not let my opponents get the best of me during competition.