Roller Derby Skater – Miss Crasherella
Girls Rollin’ In The South G.R.I.T.S. (league)
Breakneck Brawlers (team)
Cabot, Arkansas, USA
Renewal Analyst for an insurance company
How long have you been skating?
The minute I came out of the womb! I’ve been skating since I was a tiny little kiddo, and I’ve been playing roller derby since March 24, 2010.
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
Why ask why? A friend of mine posted on Facebook about a local team practicing at a nearby skating rink, and I said I would check it out. Little did I know that I would fall so deeply in love with this sport! It was MADE FOR ME!
How often do you practice?
My league practices 3 times a week (Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) as well as every third Thursday of the month. We also have an outdoor workout session the last Saturday of every month. We do work!!!
What Pads do you use?
I LOVE my Protec knee pads. They have held up very well for me and my weak knees. I also wear Triple 8 wrist guards and Protec elbow pads that are equally as awesome.
What Helmet do you use?
Triple 8 Brainsaver pink, of course, with my signature moustache on the front!
What skates do you use?
Riedell 965 boots, Labeda Proline plates, SureGrip Power Plus Wheels Red, and ABEC 9 bearings. These boots are dreamy!!!!!
What were your first pair of skates?
Classic tall white Riedell’s with pink wheels! But that was back in the mid 90’s
Where did your nick name come from?
Honestly, my derby name was the result of me racking my brain for days and days, going over tons of different word combos that I thought were cool. Somehow, Miss Crasherella was formed from thinking about princesses (Cinderella), and now everyone just called me Crash. One day, I shall own glass slippers with wheels!
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
Sisterhood! Hands down. The friendships and bonds that I have made with my teammates are unlike any other in my life. We laugh together, cry, fight, make up, kick ass and take names…together! Yes, I love the competitiveness I’ve discovered within myself. Yes, I love playing in bouts and winning. But I couldn’t do it without my girls!!!!
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
*Commitment – You MUST be committed. Roller Derby isn’t a summer league. It isn’t a weekend play time. It is a serious, grown women’s sport that requires time, dedication, and a passion unlike any other. Your sisters/teammates depend on you just as much as you depend on them.
*Gear/skates – Get the best you can afford. Don’t cheat yourself and make your efforts harder than they have to be because you have cheap boots and shoddy wheels. Go all out if you can!! This could help prevent injuries too by being properly padded up!
*When people say that derby is ‘life changing’ I used to wonder why…what could be so grandiose about derby that it changes lives. Now I think to myself – what did I do before derby?? Why didn’t I find derby sooner? It has been truly amazing to my life from helping me get in shape; to finding best friends; to unveiling a competitive spirit but ultimately it is helping me find ME. In the three years I’ve been playing, I have learned so much about myself. Very refreshing! Be prepared for it to change your life too!