Featured Skater – March 2013
Robot Unicorn Attack (Bot)
Q: How did you first become involved in roller derby? A: I started playing with Arch Rival Roller Girls back in early 2009. Polka Dot Yr Eyeout (Arch Rival Roller Girls) threatened to beat me up if I didn't get on skates, pads, a helmet, and a mouthguard and get my ass on the track. So, that is what I did. This will be my 4th season, and I love every minute of it.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the Chicago Outfit? A: I love The Family! Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive of me joining the league, and helped my transition from Boston, and my other loves, Boston Derby Dames. I love the camaraderie on and off of the track; how everyone works together, the communication, and all of those amazing "oh heck yeah, we're a team!" moments. Also, how can you not love these punk rock misfits????
Q: What is your favorite individual derby moment to date? A: There are so many of them that it’s hard to choose. But, if I have to single one out, I would say beating Arizona last season at the 2012 East Coast Derby Extravaganza with The Boston Massacre! It felt so great to see all of our hard work, positive team vibe, and love for each other come to fruition on the track. I will never forget that bout... love those ladies and am looking forward to watching them KILL IT this season! BOSTON! BOSTON! PINCH! PINCH! PINCH!!! <3
Q: How has being part of a team impacted your life on and off the track? A: I attribute so much of who I am today to team sports. I feel it is such an important part of staying socialized with some pretty amazing individuals, as well as staying healthy. Playing a team sport has really taught me a lot about grace, humility, patience, striving to be better on and off the track, accepting people and their life situations, and given me confidence in knowing that I play an integral part of something much bigger.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring derby folks? A: The best advice that I can give to a new derby skater is: skate hard, turn left, don't give up, and enjoy all of those amazing and challenging derby plateaus that you will be faced with throughout your derby career! Appreciate your new skater buddies, respect the vets, never stop learning, and loving what you do. Also, remember that you are fulfilling a dream of yours and that should not be taken lightly. And ALWAYS strive exceed your own expectations.
Q: What do you do when you are not playing roller derby? A: I am a steak-eating, La Croix-drinking, nerd-enthusiast, vinyl-collecting, developer-herding, dog-loving, people-hugging, code-learning, Windy City Crossfit-training, Shark Week [lil' Bro!!] -loving, science fiction-reading, face that only my Ma could love. In short, I do a lot of things that I love, because what is life if you don't make the time?
Q: Most embarrassing moment on skates? A: I don't like to think of moments as "embarrassing", but more as opportunities to challenge myself to be better at what I do! If I had a dollar for every time I've done something silly on the track… I've learned so much from each of those moments; from learning to be humble, to accomplishing a new skill I never thought I would be able to tackle. I think it’s important to take time to think about those moments, but don't let them get you down. What matters is what you do with the lesson learned.
Q: Signature move? A: Ahhhh, yes... I've been told that I look like a unicorn galloping through the track! I like to think of myself as a pretty, lateral, hoppy skater, that will plow right through your walls without fear.
Q: Fun Fact? A: I LOVE TO BAKE! And I love 80's dance parties!!!
Q: Significance of derby name/number? A: Robot Unicorn Attack is an iOS / web application game that radiates majesty! To the tune of Erasure’s 'Always', this magical unicorn travels thorough various magical levels, earning points by rocketing through dolphins, stars, and flying fairies, to name a few.
Q: Derby crush? A: SO.MANY.OF.THEM! I have derby crushes on the women, men, girls, and boys that play this sport to their fullest potential, give it their all, harness good sportsmanship for the love of the game, and for future players. Also, those players that do good in their community and treat other players, refs, NSO's, volunteers, and fans with respect. ALSO, I love my SISTER SISTER, Anna Wrecks'Ya, who is undeniably the most underrated blocker in WFTDA. That girl’s got some serious skills.