N Raging Grace
Call me: Gracie
What year did you start playing roller derby?: 2010
What year did you join MARD?: 2015
Why did you get involved in roller derby?: I was at a point in my life where I wanted to try something different. The more I learned about roller derby, the more I realized it was the perfect sport for me.
What skates do you use?: Currently Riedell Blue Streaks- previously Antik AR-1s (6 seasons!) Still trying to get used to the Blue Streaks!
How has roller derby changed your life?: For me, roller derby has had many positive benefits. First off, playing on a team sport- I had never had the confidence or courage to play teamed sports growing up, so it's been absolutely amazing to be a part of a team
AND learn a sport that I really enjoy. As a result, I've gained confidence in myself which has spread into all other areas of my life. The physical, mental and emotional challenges of the sport bring with it a strange sort of growth and clarity! Equally as important, being involved in roller derby and meeting so many women from all walks of life has been so much fun! I love my roller derby family and they are a very important part of my life.
Why did you choose your derby name?: Ahh. I spent most of my life as an observer- super quiet, super shy and rarely involved in anything outside of my comfort zone. My alter ego (Gracie) is fierce! She's not afraid to speak her mind and fight for anyone that is being mistreated. She's literally enraged by things like racism, inequality, bullying and wants to stand up for those who are abused in any way. "Grace" is my daughter's middle name :) I had thought of other names --'Raisin' Shell(my daughter's name is Shelley), a play on raising hell, to name one, but settled on N Raging Grace - it seemed exactly right.
Day job?: Program Management, Medicare- I work as a liaison between Medicare contrators- specifically the MACs, UPICs to coordinate with law enforcment agencies to combat fraud, waste and abuse at a national level.
What is your favorite part of roller derby?: The family aspect- having a second family that accepts me for who I am while encouraging me to do my best athletically in a team atmosphere. It doesn't matter what kind of a day I've had- once I come to practice, I feel better.
Do you have any bout day routines or superstitions?: I wash my gear prior to every bout - I want to start 'fresh' literally. Clean slate, clear mind and super focused.
Final thoughts?: I will never say the word retire out loud again LOL :) When I do decide that I need to step away, it will be very quietly.