Roller Derby Skater – Stephany Oosting

Roller Derby Skater - Stephany OostingDerby Name:
Stephany Oosting

Derby Team:
Charlotte Speed Demons

Wage Garnishment Analyst

How long have you been skating?
One year

Why did you get involved in roller derby? I escaped a nasty relationship, only to fall into a nastier funk of low self esteem, depression and boozing. One of my only friends during this time would sing the gospel of roller derby anytime we talked on the phone. She (and derby) became the motivation I needed to turn my life around. I started showing up at my team’s practices, volunteering in any non-skating capacity I could until they invited me to join their Player-in-Training program last March. It’s been an awe-inspiring road of recovery and self-confidence for me ever since.

How often do you practice?
On skates practice twice a week and a Sunday morning off-skates workout with the team. I also run 4 km a week and use a workout DVD 2-4 times a week individually.

What Pads do you use?
187 Killer Pro Knee Pads. They seem pretty bulky at first, but every knee fall I do in them feels like falling on kittens. Totally worth the higher profile pad. Just remember to scuff them up on some gravel or pavement before use. They’ll leave skid marks on sport court and act like a greased pig on polished concrete if you don’t.

What Helmet do you use?
Pro-Tec B2 Skate Signature SXP Bucky Lasek Multi-Sport

What skates do you use?
Riedell 195’s

What were your first pair of skates?
My local roller rink was having a special on some generic skates. They looked like R3’s and I thought I had saved a bundle compared to what most girls were spending. I was so wrong, and went through the next several months being frustrated, uncomfortable and unable to perform as well as I should’ve been able to. If I could do it again, I would’ve spent a few more dollars and invested in a skate geared towards derby.

Where did your nick name come from?
N/A – We skate under our legal names

What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
I do like the ‘rockstar’ feeling I get when someone identifies me as ‘a roller derby girl’. But my favourite part is the pain. I love the feel of a blister on top of a blister or a bruised bruise. I love how my muscles scream at the end of an endurance drill, and the sting of sweat running into my eyes. Every scrape, muscle ache or strain I work through (and survive!) is a constant reminder that I am very much alive and in charge of my own destiny. I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything.

Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Give in. Give in a lot, give in often. Giving in is okay. But whatever you do- never, ever, never NEVER give up.

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