Day Job: Dispatcher at Metal Recycling Plant
Skate Gear of Choice: 187s / SISU MOUTHGUARD / TRIPLE 8 HELMET / RIEDELL BLUE STREAK SKATES
Pre-Bout Ritual: HOME BOUTS – I go over the plan in my head, make sure I packed all my gear and pace a lot! AWAY BOUTS – I knit on road trips. It gives me a chance to focus my anxiety into something productive and then I can calmly approach my game strategy.
Favorite Motivational Quote: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
Theme Song: Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
How long have you been in Roller Derby? 1/30/17 was my 9th Derbyversary
How did you get involved with the sport? I was in line at the Downtown Augusta New Moon and saw a flyer for an interest meeting. I mentioned it to a friend later and she directed me to an article in the Metro Spirit and really talked me into doing it. I went to the interest meeting the next week and it stuck.
Describe your experience learning to play Roller Derby: I’m hypercritical, but I’m also relentless. It took a while for me to get the hang of it since we were all learning as we went along. It had been a while since I’d been active in a sport or skated. It was tough seeing other ladies grasp it so easily, but I kept working.
What is your Pre-Derby athletic background? I was one of the girls that spent recess playing basketball or kickball with the boys. In middle school I joined a rec softball league and played for a few years. It was fun but I didn’t like it enough to want to play in school. I tried out for the basketball team at middle and made 2nd string. I just didn’t love it. In high school and college I focused on my education.
Have you sustained any Derby-related injuries? I’ve sprained my ankle and broken a fibula. The fibula was the toughest to come back from because it refused to get it together and took me out of the game for a while.
What’s the story behind your Derby name? It’s a play on Ethyl Acetate – I’ve had a few people get it. I found it in the dictionary and it evoked an image of dangerous old lady. I had to be that.
How would you describe your playing style? I’m pretty erratic and I try to do it all. I usually grunt at my teammates. I’m always working on improving communication.
What do you like to do when you’re off the track? I knit, consume Netflix marathons, play bass, knit, paint, travel, etc.
What’s been your favorite Derby Moment so far? Recently, I was at a Harry Potter theme scrimmage in Athens, GA and a very talented teammate from another league told me that she really loved blocking with me. That made my day.
Why do you play Roller Derby? I’ve met some awesome folks, formed friendships that will last a lifetime, developed into a stronger person (physically and mentally) and traveled quite a bit over the last few years.
Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to play Roller Derby? Give it a try. It’s a physical challenge and a mental workout. You’ll make some pretty great friends and become a part of an ever growing network of folks all over the world.