Jaims Needham

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Name: Jaims Needham

Nickname: Jaims Maims

What’s the origin of your name? my mom actually came up with “Jaims Maims”, she first liked “Jaimer the Maimer” more. When I first started derby I skated by Jaims Maims, but since have started to go by my real name.

Number: 47

What does your number mean? Its actually very significant thing with my long time best friend and I, but if I told you, I’d have to kill you =)

Team: All Stars

What position do you play? Blocker

How long have you been skating? Never skated until roller derby =)

When did you join derby? End of 2009

How did you get involved in derby? Just thought it sounded awesome!  Competitive sport was all i knew growing up,  Once you’re an adult there used to be nothing there for women really.  I was derby as a chance to be me again and be the athlete I loved being as a kid, and i love every minute of it!

Signature move: Magic boobs LOL

What roll do you play behind the scenes? I’m a new transfer to this league and don’t play a behind the scenes roll at the moment

Per bout ritual: I don’t think i have much of one.  I always drink my Body By Vi Nutrition Shake and Nuero/Pro drink and just focus of doing my best.  I also get a little jumpy and excited sometimes =)

Derby heroes: OMG, I’m the biggest fan of Tracy “disco” Akers!

What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Hard work and determination. Someone who never gives up and is a good person off the track as well.

What do you do outside of derby?  I’m a hair and makeup artist and own my own Studio with stylists, aestheticians and photographer.  Other than work, I love cooking, hitting the gym, singing, dancing, organizing things, but above above all, i love spending time with those i care for the most, laughs and fun times over a glass (or five) of wine!

Favorite derby moment so far?  Probably when after a bout a jammer from other team came up to me and said “You’re SOO deceiving! You’re so tiny but you hit SO Hard!”

Favorite derby teams? Denver Mile High Club & Texas

If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? NONE! I think they are all there for a reason, and I don’t generally spend much time in the box and love getting penalties on opposing skaters such as track cutting!  One of the most rewarding feelings ever is soul crushing a jammer!

What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Don’t let ANYthing convince you that you can’t do it!  I am walking proof that you can make it.  I went through shattering my leg and dealing with other health problems when doctors told me I should be barely walking, much less playing a sport.  I just set my mind to it and decided I was gonna prove them wrong and here I am.  If it weren’t for derby I might still be sick and never pushed to find a way to get healthy! I owe derby my life!

Derby awards? I’ve got bout MVP 4 times and a Most Improved from my old league

Where are you from? Born in Las Vegas, Raised in Texas, stuck in Oklahoma for a while, then found home in Arkansas =)

How long have you lived here? I’ve been in Arkansas for 10 years now

What keeps you here? Family

Animals? I have a 50lb standard poodle that is my baby!

Family?  Married to a sexy bearded man who also now plays derby! I’ve 3 sisters and a brother (who also plays for OKC Wolfpack!)  Still working on getting the sisters to play too!