Killed Cheese Sandwich
First Appearance:February 2017
How did you get into Roller Derby?
Ever since I found out roller derby was a thing, I've wanted to join. But I was always too busy, or assumed I wouldn't be strong enough or skilled enough to succeed at it. When a friend of mine told me she joined, I suddenly realized that Roller Derby was a real thing that normal humans could do, so why not give it a shot? I'm glad I did.
What is your best roller derby memory?
It was probably my second or third practice ever, and I really felt like I wasn't cut out for derby. I refused to give up or sit out, and ended up pushing myself too far and pulled my right quad so bad I couldn't stand. I was so mad at myself for getting hurt, that I didn't know what to do. Then T-Nacity came over to check on me and make sure I was OK. She saw how upset I was and said, "I know you feel like you're alone right now, but you're not. We all hurt ourselves all the time: you'll recover, and when you do you're welcome to come back." It just made me realize that this team was made up an amazing supportive group of women, and it was the moment I really bought in and knew if I just kept coming to practice, I'd get where I wanted to be.
What is your most embarrassing roller derby memory?
One of the first times I got picked to jam during a practice drill, I got so worked up about it that I tripped over my own toe stops before I even made it to the pack and fell so hard I had a bruise for a month.
What was your first bout like?
It was terrifying and exciting and I really felt like a fish out of water. Everyone just kept telling me what I did well, and what I needed to work on, so I felt accepted and learned a lot. There's a video of me somewhere where I'm all alone on the line (everyone else was in the box, or behind offense) and I'm just getting low and whipping my head back and forth like a terrified duck trying to catch Catt, then, Catt just skates right past me as easy as anything. I was disappointed at the time, but it's pretty funny to watch, and things can only get better from here, right?
What are some of your other hobbies?
Plays keyboard for Sister Sniffle, a Birmingham based twee-jangle-garage-lowfi-pop band, and is otherwise happy to read all the books, play dystopian video games, eat delicious grilled cheeses, and enjoy the occasional round of disc golf. Loves to travel abroad and embark on wilderness hikes whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Who are some of your personal Heroes
What 3 fictional characters best describe you?
Jake the Dog, Daria, and Liz Lemon
What charities or organization(s) are you involved with or support?
Girls Rock, GBHS, Hand in Paw
Where do you like to hang out in Birmingham when you are not skating?
Saturn, the Sydicate, Trim Tab, George Ward Park, Good People, Railroad Park, Shu Shop, Alabama Theatre
Steve Reich or Brian Eno, or Rachmaninov or Mahler
Margaret Atwood, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter
Adventure Time, Reply All, Homestar Runner