Featured Skater: Stagersaurus

Featured Skater: Stagersaurus

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What interested you in Roller Derby? How did you get involved in Roller Derby?
I used to play rugby, but during my first year in grad school, I decided to mix things up. I found a roller derby league in State College, PA and skated with them for 2 years, until I moved to New England. I stuck with roller derby because it was both challenging and rewarding.

What is your derby name? Why did you choose your name? What’s the story?
A friend actually came up with this name in high school, and it stuck. I really like dinosaurs, so it seemed like the perfect fit.

What is your derby number? Does it have any significance? What’s the story?
11 has been my lucky number since I was a kid.

When did you start skating? Do you have any other athletic experience?
I used to roller blade a bit as a kid. But when I started roller derby, it was probably close to 10 years since I last skated. I played most sports growing up- softball, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, and rugby.

What is your position of choice?
I enjoy blocking. Maybe one day I will enjoy jamming, too!

What team do you skate for? Which committees are you on?
I currently skate for the Bombs. I am on the Bout Production committee and the Training committee.

Do you have any traditions or rituals that you do on game day? Or before game day? Or before you skate?
I don’t currently have any traditions.

Do you have a derby wife? Why is she your person?
I have a derby wife from my previous league in State College. Her name is Sasshole. She’s awesome.

What is your proudest Derby moment? What was your most difficult moment?
My proudest moment may have been finally passing my 27/5 at the last possible moment so I could be rostered for the State College Plan B, just in time for our first bout. My most difficult moment was my ankle/foot injury that sidelined me for 6 months.

Do you have any derby injuries that you’re proud of? Tell us about them/what happened?
I don’t know that I’m necessarily proud of it, but I did break my foot/ankle at practice. I didn’t quite believe I had done any serious damage, but my derby wife made me get Xrays and an MRI (besides the fact that I love her, this is why I keep her around). The doctors at first didn’t quite believe it either, but I did fracture/nearly completely break my Talus. I also found out I was born with extra bones in my foot, so there’s that.

What is your favorite motivational/ inspirational quote?
I kind of like “Do or do not, there is no try.”

Who is your greatest mentor and or/hero? Why?
My derby wife might be the strongest and most inspirational person I’ve ever met. She doesn’t let anything stop her, and I admire that.

Who would you like to thank in regards to your derby experience?
My previous league, State College Area Roller Derby. Thank you for everything!

How has being involved in Roller Derby changed you?
The derby community is very accepting of all people, body types, and skill levels. It has taught me to accept myself, and to love my body and what it is capable of. Yay body positivity!

What is your day job? How do you maintain a balance between your “real” life and your “derby” life?
I’m an environmental engineer for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Balancing both lives, especially when they physically exist an hour apart, is difficult but worth it.

If you could have one super power/trait what would it be and why?
I wouldn’t mind being able to teleport. It would save time and car miles when I visit PA.

Did you go through the Rookie program? How was the experience? Would you suggest/recommend it to new skaters? Tell us about your experience…
I officially went through fresh meat with my former league, but participated in rookie practices with NHRD. I highly recommend going through the rookie program if you have any interest in roller derby.

What do you look forward most in the 2016 season?
I look forward to being back on skates and bouting!

What would you say to anyone looking to join roller derby? Advice/motivational words…
Seriously, just do it.

Why skate with NHRD, show us some love…
You should skate with NHRD because we’re a great group of women!

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