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Slaytanic panic

Call me: Panic

What year did you start playing roller derby?: 2016

What year did you join MARD?: 2016

Why did you get involved in roller derby?: TECHNICALLY MARD found me at a bar in 2015... but after college, a lot of my friends started doing the kid thing and the moving around with jobs and houses - which is totally cool but not my cup of flavorade. I landed a sweet job near my home town and quickly settled into the typical work week thing of M-F 9-5. ZZZzzzZZZ boring. I needed something to ~spice~ it up. I tried different monthly subscriptions on Groupon but nothing really clicked with me. As mentioned above, my friend Jen and I had previously ran into a bunch of derby girls at a bar in New Bedford and had a great time chatting and finding out what it was all about. I kept it in the back of my head until the summer of 2016 when I found out that two of my Blooperball leaguemates also played for MARD. So basically I had to join, duh.

What skates do you use?: Riedell 265’s / superball toe stops / Sure-grip Avenger plates

How has roller derby changed your life?: I am like, mega lazy and terrible at working out by myself. I find that team sports are the best way for me to be active, healthy, and happy in my own skin. It is amazing to see a bunch of strong women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds come together and make this sport thrive. It is also a great stress reliever! If you’re considering joining: DO IT! I hadn’t skated since like, my 10th bday party. They teach you from the ground up! Literally. I was on the ground a lot. I still hang it there from time to time.

Why did you choose your derby name?: TO STRIKE FEAR INTO THE SOULS OF OUR ENEMIES... jk I am constantly screaming internally and overthinking.

Day job?: Processing for DTA and MassHealth

What is your favorite part of roller derby?: Basically if an end-of-the-world type of scenario happened tomorrow, our team has so many talented women and men we could probably re-build and create a functional settlement like in Fallout. Also I get to throw my butt into people legally.

Do you have any bout day routines or superstitions?: It involves a lot of mental and paper checklists to manage the gameday anxiety, drinking a ton of water, a handful of almonds and chocolate (preferably m&ms), and at least 5 minutes of crying in the bathroom.

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