Blakely Johnson #00

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Name: Blakely Johnson

Nickname: None. Just Blakely.

What’s the origin of your name? My parents blessed me with it.

Number: 00

What does your number mean? A friend picked it out for me when I first started playing roller derby.

Team: NWA All Stars

What position do you play? Blocker

How long have you been skating? My whole life

When did you join derby? July 2007

How did you get involved in derby? I saw a recruitment flyer in the sporting goods store I used to work in and decided to check it out. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Signature move: Booty Bump

What roll do you play behind the scenes? None

Pre bout ritual: I eat whatever I’m craving that day, drink lots of water, and mentally walk myself through the first couple of jams.

Motivational quote: Good, better, best. Never let it rest, til your good is better and your better is best. -Tim Duncan

Derby heroes: Urrk’n Jerk’n, Annie Maul

What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Anyone who works hard and plays harder.

What do you do outside of derby? I work for a bank in Fort Smith and like to read or hula hoop in my free time.

Favorite derby moment so far? Playing in and winning my last bout with RVRG before I moved to OKVD in 2010. We played with only 9 skaters and did awesome.

Favorite derby teams? Rocky Mountain Roller Girls, Kansas City Roller Warriors, Gotham

If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Ehh I can live with all of them.

What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Even if you cannot do something now, keep trying and you’ll get there. I love seeing new players that are willing to keep trying and keep going even when it gets tough.

Derby awards? 8 bout MVPs, Favorite Blocker and All Around Bad Ass 2012 (RVRG), Triple Threat and Favorite Blocker 2011 (RVRG), Best Front Blocker 2008 (RVRG), Skater of the Month March 2012 (RVRG)

Where are you from? Fort Smith, AR

How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in Fort Smith my whole life except for the one year that I moved to Norman, Oklahoma.

What keeps you here? My wonderful friends and family

Animals? None

Family? Only my parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.