Roller Derby Profile – Gimme Mo
Memphis Roller Derby/The Delta Blues (MRD’s NSO crew)
full-time college student/spa receptionist/Head NSO
How long have you been skating and involved in roller derby?
I’ve been skating off and on since I was a kid, and I’ve been involved in roller derby for just over 2 years now.
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
Well, I hate to give someone this much credit, but I’d just gone through a bad breakup and decided I needed to do something for myself. The night I attended my first practice I was hooked and I haven’t looked back since.
How often do you practice?
The officials practice twice a week at MRD; on Tuesdays the refs & NSOs meet to review tape and work the league scrimmage, and on Thursdays the refs meet to do P90X and run skating drills.
What pads/helmet/skates do you use?
Well, currently, I’m still recovering from shattering my left ankle in September of last year, so I can’t exactly remember off hand,except that my skates are Antik AR1 boots with the Suregrip XK4DA45 plates. Their on loan until I’m released to skate again.
What were your first pair of skates?
A pair of RW Outlaws from one of the local skate rinks, but some jackoff broke into my truck and stole them.
Where did your derby name come from?
Well, I’ve had the nickname Mo since I worked at a bar my senior year of high school. I knew for sure I wanted to use it in my derby name. So, my 2nd night of derby practice, I broke my left ankle while working on reverse toe stops. Despite that, my thought was Let’s just get me fixed and I’ll be back ASAP! Thus the name Gimme Mo was born.
What is your favourite part about being in roller derby?
Can I really only choose one part?? I guess if I were to choose one thing, it would be all the amazing people I’ve met and get to work with on a constant basis. Roller derby has brought some absolutely wonderful people into my life and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
How did you learn what you needed to do your role?
I typically penalty wrangle, and I learned it on the fly at the Rocket City Rumble 2 years ago. When I realized what I was scheduled to work, I went to a lot of the Nashville officials and said, Hey, I’ve never done that before, what do I do? They gave me a brief explanation of it, and I just kinda took to it like a duck to water.It’s kinda like managing mass chaos. Fun times!
Any top tips for up and coming derby superstars?
Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, and then more practice. The more time you spend on your skates, the more comfortable you’ll be in them. Study the rules and know how the game works. Watch footage of more advanced teams to step up your game. Oh, and avoid getting hurt really bad, because that really sucks lol!
Any top tips for those that want to Ref or NSO?
Get involved!!! Roller derby is still a very homegrown/grass roots movement, so any help you’re willing to provide your local roller derby league will be greatly appreciated! If your great with rules or good with numbers, your skills are needed! Even if you aren’t able to be an active skater, you can still help flesh out the awesomeness that is roller derby! 😉