Featured NSO – June 2013
Q: How did you first become involved in roller derby? A: I became involved as a fan. I started going to the Chicago Outfit's home bouts and events about a year or two ago. I became an NSO (Non-Skating Official) after I saw that The Outfit needed NSO's and refs on FB in January of this year. Q: What is your favorite individual derby moment, to date? A: My favorite individual moment, to date has to be hearing my derby name used. The whole process of choosing a derby name was very exciting. People understanding the reference is also exciting. There are so many geeks and I just love it!
Q: What is your favorite Chicago Outfit moment, to date? A: My favorite derby moment, to date was being locked out of Fleetwood for scrimmage, with Lego Lass and RouxgaRoux Sioux. We were outside until half-time, going over hand signals! Anachronism taught us how to knock on the door if it ever happened again.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the Chicago Outfit? A: My favorite thing about the Chicago Outfit is how friendly and helpful everyone can be, and has been, and at the same time how kick-ass everyone is! I feel really fortunate to NSO with the Chicago Outfit.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to "Thank" for your total derby domination? A: I'd like to thank my fellow NSO's and refs for always being so helpful, and teaching me so much about the sport.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring derby gals? A: Advice for aspiring NSO's: just do it, really. I think most people have this misconception that they have to know everything about the sport before you can officiate, but like most things, you learn what you need as you go.
Q: What is the most important thing you have learned from being a member of the Chicago Outfit? A: The most important thing I've learned as part of the Chicago Outfit, and specifically as an NSO, is that it's okay to stop and ask for help; and to always work on communication. In fact, I feel that it's essential in the role of NSO to have great communication with everyone.
Q: What is your ultimate derby goal? A: My ultimate derby goal, as an NSO, is to be the ultimate NSO, trained in every NSO job there is!
Q: Did you play sports before roller derby? If so what, and what was your position? A: I've actually never really liked sports. There's just something about roller derby -especially women's roller derby- that just makes me all kinds of happy to be a part of it, as an NSO and as a fan.
Q: What do you do when you are not playing roller derby? A: When I'm not NSO-ing, I'm usually geeking it out roller derby style. Whether it's talking derby to everyone around me, or learning hand signals, roller derby is always on my mind. Also, I'm a pharmacy tech at Walgreens by day.
Q: How has being part of a team impacted your life on and off the track? A: Being part of a team has impacted my life in that it has given it a fresh breath of air. Just seeing how amazing everyone is, I see what total beasts the skaters are, and I'm just a total nerd for them. They're definitely my heroes!
Q: How important is good sportswomanship to you? A: Good sportsmanship is very important to me. I see how fierce and tough the skaters are, and how much effort they put into the sport that it's simply awe inspiring! To see how awesome they are, and what downright beasts they are on the track -and still be a force to meet within their everyday lives- is just something I wish more young girls could witness.