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Wee Woo

#911

Name:Shelby

Occupation:Education Director for nonprofit

First Appearance:2016

Hometown:Eufaula, AL

Derby Spouse:Windy Torrance

About Woo:

How did you get into Roller Derby?

I was new to Birmingham at the time and needed something to push myself out of my comfort zone of my comfy couch as well as meet new people. I watched the movie “Whip It” with my boyfriend and wanted to join (although now understanding the sport, the movie isn’t super accurate to how the the game is played!). I was nervous to go to recruitment so I brought a friend for moral support. This was my first time on skates in probably over ten years and definitely my first time trying on quad skates. I looked like a giraffe on wheels (I’m 5’11!). I doubted myself a lot (never thought I could be as strong as a derby girl) but the support from the team was so essential in my beginning months. Now, I have found an incredible group of women that values community, strength, and not being afraid to fail. I love it.

What is your most embarrassing roller derby memory?

When I first started derby, I literally stepped out on the track and just fell backwards and completely wiped out. It’s great when you fall for no good reason but your own awkwardness.

What are some of your other hobbies?

Playing with my cat and dog (Luna and Penny!), hiking, kayaking, eating hot Cheetos, exploring.

What 3 fictional characters best describe you?

Eliza Thornberry, May Bird, Nymphadora Tonks

What charities or organization(s) are you involved with or support?

Girls Rock Birmingham, Girls on the Run, MCAC!

Where do you like to hang out in Birmingham when you are not skating?

Red Mountain Park or Railroad Park

Favorites:

Food:

PASTA

Movie/Play:

Harry Potter, The Goonies, Scream

Books/Authors:

Turn to page 394!

TV Show/Podcast:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, Lost, My Favorite Murder (SSDGM!)