Roller Derby Skater – Captain Painway
Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls
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How long have you been skating?
I began skating in 2008, retired in late 2010 when I moved away from Cincinnati, and started skating again in early 2012.
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I watched the show Rollergirls on A&E religiously and then saw a story about a local derby team in an alternative newspaper. I started out as a volunteer, gradually working my way up to skater.
How often do you practice?
Twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, and Sundays every other week. Sunday practices are outside. In Florida. It’s hot.
What Helmet do you use?
An awesome custom-painted Pro-Tech Ace helmet.
What skates do you use?
I’m currently skating on Riedell 965 boots with Avenger magnesium plates, Atom Omega 2.0 wheels, Moto bearings, and Gumball toe stops.
What were your first pair of skates?
My first skates were Labeda Silver Streaks. Not only did they have snazzy silver boots, but they were really comfy. Unfortunately, they suffered some water damage in a fire. Still usable, but a bit rusty.
Where did your nick name come from?
I’m a huge Star Trek Voyager fan. I wanted something geeky and unique, and I think Captain Janeway is a great strong female role model.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
If I didn’t play roller derby I would get absolutely no exercise whatsoever. I’m a writer and gamer. I LOVE to sit on my butt. Derby keeps me strong and healthy (both physically and mentally), and will probably extend the quality of my life as I age.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Don’t try to do everything at once. Fitting roller derby into your life is a balancing act. I’ve seen a lot of rookies overdo it their first year, only to get burnt out later on. Taking a break when life becomes overwhelming is much better than trying to do it all and becoming a neurotic mess.
Photo credit goes to Jeffrey Sevier
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