What’s your derby name and number? What’s the significance and how did you select it?
My derby name is Hot Bröd. Sometimes it’s tough to find the right name. My husband suggested Hot Bröd and it just seemed right! I chose the number 74 because it’s my son’s number on his football team.
How long have you been with CMD and how did you get started with roller derby?
I joined CMD in August of last year. I saw a flier for a newbie class and went from thinking ‘I could never do something like that’, to ‘maybe’, to ‘why not?’ I fell a lot that first time on skates, but once I tried it, I was hooked!
What’s your favorite thing about derby?
Roller derby has benefited me in so many ways that it’s hard to pick just one. I love my new friends and the way that we support each other. I also love that I’m getting a chance to do something athletic for the first time in my life.
What’s your greatest derby achievement?
I had never skated before starting roller derby, so I’m pretty proud of learning to skate at all. But my greatest achievement has probably been learning to do turnaround toe stops. They were so hard for me!
What lesson have you learned from roller derby?
I’ve learned that I can push myself physically and mentally further than I thought I could. Derby is obviously a physically taxing sport, but we all deal with mental hurdles, too. I think every derby girl has had her moments of self doubt, feeling like there was a skill that she’d never master or that she’d never get faster or stronger. I’ve learned to push through those feelings, and I’m a better player and a more confident person for it.
What’s your life like outside of derby?
I really enjoy taking day trips with my family. We love going to the coast for little hikes or just walking along the ocean. I also love sewing, reading, gardening, and cooking.
Who inspires you?
My amazing and incredibly supportive husband, Kirk, and 15 year old son, Brawley. They not only put up with, but actively support, my hours of practice and community service. I’m a better person because of them.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Light speed travel.
What would you tell a potential derby girl who was afraid to get involved?
Do it! I was not athletic and couldn’t skate at all, but I’ve found that I love challenging myself and discovering that I can do things I never imagined I’d do.