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.
What’s your derby name and number?
Hey there- I’m Vile Lynn #11. My name came to me one afternoon when I was musing about music. Several musicians who play the violin/fiddle were in heavy rotation on my various music playing devices and in my head and it occurred to me that Vile Lynn would make quite a nice derby name. I have also become increasingly interested in the healing, restorative, and inspirational power of music. I myself have little to no musical ability, though I dabble in the musical saw and revel in its mournful, ghostly sound. If I were to try to play the violin, the resulting noise would surely be vile, thus the name suits me just fine.
The 11? Well, it’s a Spinal Tap thing……
How long have you been with CMD and how did you get started with roller derby?
I enrolled in the first Central Maine Derby Newbie Class this past fall- I had heard that there was a roller derby league in the area and had been thinking about trying to find out more about it. Then one day, as luck would have it, my father had borrowed my car and had left my car radio on The Voice of Maine and suddenly these Derby Girls were on the radio calling for anyone interested to come to their meet and greet, so I went.
What’s your favorite thing about derby?
I love the challenge of it. I feel like every week there is something new, some new psychological or physical hurdle to take on, and all of the league members are amazingly supportive of one another- it’s a great feeling to be a part of that.
What’s your greatest derby achievement?
Being up for the challenge.
What lesson have you learned from roller derby?
I’ve learned that it’s really, really fun, but it’s not easy- and that that’s OK. I have tended to shy away from things that are too hard, to go with the flow, not rock the boat- but derby makes me want to power through that, to get better, stronger, faster.
What’s your life like outside of derby?
I am a case manager working with adults with developmental disabilities. My work takes me to three counties and provides me with the opportunity to work for, with and along side some truly exceptional people- I love my job. I am also the mother of two wonderful children and have been married to a fine, fine man for almost 10 years. I love to cook and bake. I often butcher clothing in my spare time, sometimes with favorable results but more often not. I enjoy camping and exploring our beautiful state, biking and hiking. I try very hard to enjoy the winter, too.
Who inspires you?
The people that I support through my work inspire me on a daily basis- they have enormous courage and strength.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
I’d love to be a genie and grant people’s wishes.
What would you tell a potential derby girl who was afraid to get involved?
I would tell them to go for it. Anything new can be scary- that specter of the unknown- but don’t let that stop you from finding out more. I’m so glad I did!