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.
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!