Rink Reaper #1124

Name: Rink Reaper Nickname: Reaper What’s the origin of your name?  My Facebook friends and family helped me choose it. Number: 1124 What does your number mean?  It is mine, my daughter’s, and my husband’s birth dates. Team: Natural Disasters What position do you play? Blocker When did you join derby? October 2012 How did you get involved in derby?  I went to one of the bouts and knew I wanted to play. Favorite derby moment so far? When I made the team! What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? It’s lots of hard work. Don’t give up; practice, practice, practice! Where are you from? Stillwell, OK How long have you lived here? Over 30 years What keeps you here? My family Animals? Siberian Husky named Shadow, he is my baby. Family?: My husband Mike Jones, daughter Tasha Jones, and now add to the family my new son-in-law Justin Brown...

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La Bomba #23

Name: LaBomba Nickname: Bomba What’s the origin of your name? The Spanish folk song LaBomba Number: 23 What does your number mean? It’s my bday Team: Northwest Arkansas All Stars What position do you play? Blocker How long have you been skating? 21 yrs When did you join derby? Feb. 2008 How did you get involved in derby? I was going to school in Joplin, MO and saw a flyer. I went to a practice with MOKAN and been addicted to the sport ever since. Then transfered to NWARD Feb 2009. Signature move: I like to block while skating backwards What roll do you play behind the scenes? Part of the Coaching Committee Per bout ritual: A healthy snack, water, and some pumped up music Movationail quote: “It’s not personal, its ROLLER DERBY”-LaBomba Derby heroes: Megasaurass and Powder both from Magic City Misfits What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Being all around amazing person on the track and off the track What do you do outside of derby? I’m a EPS Scheduler for JB Hunt Favorite derby moment so far? When I received NWA Blocker of the Year 2011 Favorite derby teams? KC Warriors, Oly, Texecutioners, Magic City Misfits If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Ref discretion What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Never give up! Practice makes perfect. Remember to breathe, don’t get angry and most of all HAVE FUN! Derby awards? 5 MVP Blocker Awards, Blocker of the Year 2011 Where are you from? Parsons, KS How long have you lived here? 3 1/2 yrs What keeps you here? The love of my life, Matt Animals? No Family? Sharon (mom)  Martin (Dad) Megan (Sister) Kyla...

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Ginny Wheezy #9.75

Name: Ginny Wheezy Nickname: Wheezy / Red What’s the origin of your name? I’ve always been a Harry Potter fan and really like Ginny Weasley (ginger power!). After skating for a while I came to realize I had sport-induced asthma so my derby wife decided a mash-up would be perfect! Number: 9.75 What does your number mean? Platform 9 3/4 ! Team: NWA Natural Disasters What position do you play? Blocker How long have you been skating? A little over a year When did you join derby? I joined the league in February of 2012 How did you get involved in derby? My roommate and one of my best friends was on league and kept talking about how awesome it was. I decided to tag along one day and went to the next freshmeat practice. Signature move: Flail while trying not to hit the ground, haha What role do you play behind the scenes? I work with our PR and Art Directors to get posters, flyers and programs built and printed for bouts Pre-bout ritual: Drink lots of water, eat a granola bar, pee a thousand times and try not to barf Motivational quote: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.“ Derby heroes: I know she’s not world-famous (yet) but our own JoAnn of Arc is awesome. She’s got a fantastic attitude, always smiling and ready to take on anything. Watching her skate in a bout is like watching a dancer. What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? When they keep smiling after taking huge hits or doing difficult drills What do you do outside of derby? I spend a lot of time reading or playing video games Favorite derby moment so far? Favorite derby teams? It’s always a treat to watch the big hitters Rose City and Gotham If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Thankfully, the new rule set got rid of the ones that irked me the most, but destruction of the pack is one that I always keep in the back of my mind. What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Make sure you do some sort of endurance training outside of derby. Ride a bike or run on the treadmill. Endurance is key in derby. Derby awards? N/A Where are you from? Little Rock, AR How long have you lived here? Since 2006 What keeps you here? My husband is finishing up his Master’s degree at the university. We’ll probably check out another town after he finishes with that. Animals? Three cats; Bruce, Faye and Barney Family? Just my husband and I live here in Fayetteville. My mom, dad and stepdad all live in Little Rock. I’m rocking the only-child...

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Wendy Minaj #323

Name: Wendy Minaj Nick name: Minaj What’s the origin of your name? I like the singer nicki minaj, I like how she is not afraid of taking risk. Number: 323 What does your number mean? The area code for Los Angeles, where I grew up. Eventhough I have been here for a long time I still love and miss Los Angeles. Team: Natural Disasters Position: Blocker How long have you been skating? I skated as a kid, but with the team about a year. When did you join derby? Feb. 5, 2012How did you get involved with derby? I was working at ERC with 99 problems and she always talked about it, then she invited me to an adult skate night to meat some of the girls on the team. Signature move: I dont have one yet. What roll do you play behind the scenes? I am in the recruitment committee. Per bout ritual: Drink a lot of water and listen to some music to pump me up. Motivational quote: Pain is mental, it motivates me to keep skating and it will stop hurting. Derby Heroes: I really haven’t watched enough derby to know a lot of derby skaters, but I do have some I admire in our league. (Is that cheesy?) What makes you have instant respect for derby skaters? That they try their hardest. What do you do outside of derby? I am now a stay at home mom. Favorite derby so far? My first bout, and having my family come out and support me. Favorite derby teams: NWARD, Gotham, LA Derby Dolls. If you could remove any penalty from the game, what would it be? Back blocking. What advice would you give to upcoming derby players? You can do it. It’s a hard sport but you keep trying and put your mind to it, you will do it. Derby awards? None Where are you from? El Salvador. How long have you been here? In NWA almost 14 years. What keeps you here? Family. Animals? A boxer dog, Alice. Family: My husband, daughter, and I live in Fort Smith. The rest of my family like my parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins live in NWA....

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