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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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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Bruisin’ Tedeschi #6

Name: Bruisin’ Tedeschi Nickname: Bruisin What’s the origin of your name? I’ve been singing since I can remember. One of my favorite singer/guitarist is Susan Tedeschi, whose husband also happens to be a musician like mine. Number: 6 What does your number mean? The normal number of strings on a guitar Team: Natural Disasters What position do you play? I play wherever I can. I do like to jam though. How long have you been skating? I had roller blades when I was about 12 but never really skated other than birthday parties growing up. We didn’t have a rink near us. My first fresh meat was my first time on speed skates. I didn’t even know there was a difference. When did you join derby? August 2012 How did you get involved in derby? My husband helped shoot video for NWARD about 6 years ago. I had just had a baby but I knew it was for me. Six years later life finally opened up enough for me to go to fresh meat. I’ve been hooked ever since. Signature move: Not yet Per bout ritual: After only 2 bouts I don’t have much of one yet. Derby heroes: Way too many to list. What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Being awesome…that can be because of many different reasons from skill to attitude. What do you do outside of derby? I’m recently a stay at home mom. Favorite derby moment so far? First time I got to jam in a bout…all I knew was coach told me that if he ever let me jam I couldn’t stop…when the jam was over everyone was all excited  saying good job and I was like what happened? what did I do? I didn’t even realize I had scored points! Favorite derby teams? San Diego Derby Dolls, Denali Destroyer Dolls, If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Back blocking…I’m bad about it. What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Keep trying to get better Derby awards? Hahaha…one day maybe Where are you from? Berryville, AR How long have you lived here? About 11years Family? My husband and I will have been married 10 years this September. We have two children. A boy age 6 and a girl age 1. If it wasn’t for my husband’s support and help with the kids on practice nights I wouldn’t be able to do...

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Venus de Monic

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...

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Alex The Great #336

Name: Alex The Great Nickname: Alex What’s the origin of your name? My everyday name is Alex and is a big part of who I am and I try to be great everyday. Number: 336 What does your number mean? It’s the year Alexander the Great started his reign Team: Natural Disasters What position do you play? Currently blocking How long have you been skating? Started Freshmeat in June, 2012 When did you join derby? Started Freshmeat in June and made the team in December How did you get involved in derby? Have been interested for many years and finally decided to try it out thanks to D and Miner Signature move: I fall really well Per bout ritual: Lots of stretching and laughing a lot Motivational quote: The only thing I fear more than change is no change. What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? When they’re not afraid to answer questions – no matter how good they are. What do you do outside of derby? Work, read, or run Favorite derby moment so far? Watching everyone get better at our drills If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Track cutting What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Keep pushing Derby awards? Not yet Where are you from? Born in L.A. and moved to the area when I was around 2. Aside from a short sprint at MSU for University, I’ve been here ever since. What keeps you here? Family, Job, Scenery Animals? My fur children are 2 crazy mutts named Max and Talyn Family? My mom lives in the area and I have extended family in Hot Springs...

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