Meet Our Featured Skater: Marilyn Monrobot

MBot - skater for Central Maine DerbyWhat’s your derby name and number? What’s the significance and how did you select it?

Marilyn Monrobot or M-bot for short. I am girly but with an edge, plus I love robots! I think Marilyn represents my girly side and robots represent my “rough around the edges” side. My number is v2.8 the “v” stand for version.  I wish I had some awesome story as to why I chose 28, but truthfully it’s my birthdate and lucky number.

How long have you been with CMD and how did you get started with roller derby?
I have been with CMD since before we where even CMD! :)

What’s your favorite thing about derby?
Just ONE favorite thing? Not possible. 1 – friendship.  I have made friends that I know I will still be hip checking long after I am gray and wrinkled.  2 – It is an amazing way to get fit! 3 – I can be my (wacky) self. Our league is comprised of some of the most accepting women I’ve ever met.

What’s your greatest derby achievement?
When I first signed up for roller derby nearly a year and a half ago, I had never roller skated before and I practically had to hold the wall my first few practices.  My greatest achievement is growth.  Let’s just say the wall and I broke up a long time ago!

What lesson have you learned from roller derby?
This is going to sound cheesy but to love and be proud of myself. To know that it is OK to fall (figuratively and literally), because that is the only way to advance, get better and to grow both outside and inside derby. You’ve gotta be your number 1 fan.

MBot - skater for Central Maine DerbyWhat’s your life like outside of derby?
When I am not on the track, I am a Behavioral Health Professional. I have been working for the same company for almost six years and enjoy my job.  I love thrifting! Seriously, I have found some of the most righteous items at thrift stores.  Oh, and I am a proud vegetarian!

Who inspires you?
My boyfriend, Korey. He is truly the most selfless, genuine and caring person.  I strive to be like him.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to teleport, hands down.

What would you tell a potential derby girl who was afraid to get involved?
Sometimes it can be hard to put yourself out there and perhaps step out of your comfort zone – but DO it. Roller Derby has changed my life in so many positive ways.  I know it can do the same for you!