I became interested in Roller Derby after I had already joined the Roller Derby Bootcamp. I honestly did not know anything about Roller Derby when I joined. My son was going away for 2-1/2 months for his summer break. I didn't have a job, and I had a one year old that needed all of my attention. I needed to feel some sort of release. I had tried everything to conquer my need for self-fulfilling attention. I tried going back to school to finish my degrees--lets just say it wasn't the right time for that. I tried owning a horse again, but without a job, I was making no money and horses are expensive! I was beginning to think that I didn't have that one "thing" that I was great at, besides being a mom, that one thing that I could call "my own". That something that would make me feel awesome. That something that I could be proud of when people ask me what I do.
One day, I was doing my normal old grocery shopping with my daughter in the grocery cart, pulling on my hair and grabbing everything she could within arms reach, tossing it in the cart when I wasn't paying attention. There I was, just standing in line, when I noticed a flyer for the Whidbey Island Roller Girls (WIRG) upcoming Bootcamp. I thought "PERFECT!". The bootcamp was about 3 months long, just enough time for my son to finish his summer break and come back for school. Little to my surprise, I somehow passed all my tests and made it on the League. I was part of the Whidbey Island Roller Girls Roller Derby Team.
I have been involved with Roller Derby for a little over a year. Roller Derby can be physically-hard and emotionally-challenging at times. But, I keep persevering and every time I go in for practice, I amaze myself constantly with all the things I accomplish. I am in no way perfect at the sport and there are definitely some things that I need to work on, like anything really--practice makes perfect. I didn't really know what I was expecting when I signed my name on a piece of paper stating "If you die, your family can't sue us." --Pretty much. Who in the heck would sign a piece of paper like that anyway? This girl, right here, and all of my teammates who I found all sorts of Derby Love for along with the rest of the Roller Derby universe.
Overtime, I pushed myself so hard, I became immune to that "hardness" and fell in love with the sport and my teammates. Every time I go into practice, I feel this euphoria that I can't really explain, it's a lust that has me coming back time after time. I have played in a number of Bouts, I have played my core off in a Tournament and wounded myself, and I have been to Bombercon, I have lost both of my big toe nails. I can easily say that I can check Roller Derby off of my Bucket List. I am currently working within WIRG on the Bout Production Committee, I like to call myself the Bout Production Manager, I don't really know if that's the actual title, but I am going with it. I help put together all of our home bouts for the season, I am responsible for getting everyone within our team on the right job, getting EMTs, a photographer, announcers, someone in charge of concessions, I set up our after party and those are just some of the jobs I arrange, so that our home bouts are just a little short of AMAZING. I can also put this job on my resume for when I re-enter the workforce.
So now, when people ask me "What do you do?" I simply reply with "I play Roller Derby and I am the Bout Production Manager for the Whidbey Island Roller Girls".