Meet Our Featured Skater: Flex Machine

Roller derby players are a diverse group of women from all backgrounds, professions and walks of life.  Every week, we’ll choose a random league member to profile.

Meet Flex Machine

What’s your derby name and number?
What’s the significance and how did you select it? – Flex Machine #2820. I was debating on a name for weeks and weeks and one day I posted a photo of me, flexing my arm muscles, on Facebook…a friend commented and said that I should just have the name Flex, because, well, I like to flex…and as soon as I read the comment I knew that my name had to have the word Flex in it. So, I thought of Flex Machine, and that was that! My #, 2820, is significant to me because my 2 oldest children were born on the 28th of their birth months, and my twins were born on the 20th of their birth month.

How long have you been with CMD and how did you get started with roller derby?
I have been with CMD since early August 2012. I have wanted to play roller derby for as long as I can remember, but never had the opportunity because there were no leagues close by. I learned of derby in the Bangor area and knew I had to do it! It was the best decision I have made!

What’s your favorite thing about derby?
It’s a toss up between the skating (I love the speed!) and the friendships. Actually, i think the friendships I have formed is my favorite. The bond I feel with these ladies is huge and they will forever be an important part of my life.

What’s your greatest derby achievement?
The first time I was jammer during a scrimmage and made it through the pack. It was an instant rush of happiness and excitement.

What lesson have you learned from roller derby?
I have learned that I am stronger than I thought I was…and that I truly am an athlete. I have never thought of myself as an athlete before, and it is a great feeling to know that I am one.

What’s your life like outside of derby?
I am a stay at home mom of 4 children. My hobbies, besides derby, are weight lifting and…well, that’s it, I don’t have time for anything else! I have a wonderful supportive husband of 10 years that I need to give a shout out too! Hi Josh, I love you!

Who inspires you?
Really, anyone who is able to do what they love and gives 100% to what they want to in life. There is no time to waste in this life to be unhappy.

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Super speed! Then I could make my way through the pack even faster! :)

What would you tell a potential derby girl who was afraid to get involved?
Give it a shot. Come to Fitness Skate (Tuesday nights at Great Skates in Bangor) to and meet some derby ladies (and gents!). Don’t let fear hold you back, let it guide you and motivate you and see what you can become! You will not regret it.