Venus de Monic

Venus

Name: Venus de Monic

Nickname: Venus, V

What’s the origin of your name? My husband was taking art history at the time and we decided to do a mischievous twist in Venus de Milo.

Number: 1820

What does your number mean? It’s the year that Venus de Milo was discovered

Team: Natural Disasters

What position do you play? Jammer, pivot, blocker

How long have you been skating? I skated on and off for fun since I was young. It had been I while since I laced up when I showed up to freshmeat September 2010.

When did you join derby? I officially became a member in December 2010

How did you get involved in derby? I saw an advertisement for derby on the Starlight sign. My husband looked up the league website, sent me the info, and here I am.

What role do you play behind the scenes? I are the 2013 captain of the Natural Disasters and coordinate the clean up effort after our home bouts.

Motivational Quote: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

What makes you have instant respect for a player? Someone who has a positive attitude and gives it their all on the track

What do you do outside of derby? I am a Physician Assistant at one of the local hospitals.

What is your favorite derby moment so far? If I had to pick just one, it was when I was jamming during my first All Star game. I was sent flying by this gigantic blocker and hit the floor pretty hard. I looked up in time to see JoAnn, with a glittery fury in her eye, fly across the track and lay out that blocker. I knew it was for me.

What advice would you like to give to up and coming skaters? Derby does not happen over night. It takes a lot of elbow grease and determination. But if you really want it, you will get there.

Where are you from? I have lived in Washington, South Carolina, Indiana, several places in Arkansas, and plan on putting down roots here.

What keeps you here? I got my first job here in NWA after graduating. My husband and I fell in love with this unique area and stuck around.

How long have you lived here? Since 2007

Animals? My pug Liam and my 2 cats Amadeus and Zephyr

Family? My husband Joe, my parents in Mississippi, and my brother and sister-in-law in Tennessee