Dedicated to the league since its beginnings, this enthusiastic skater has been team captain for the Moonshine Maidens, pivot on the travel team, sits on multiple committees, and hits you harder than the HST! She’s always looking out for her girls, is an amazing friend, and there’s no question why we affectionately call her “Ma”! April is yours, Rox ‘N Rolls!
AB: Congratulations, Roxy! How good does it feel to kickstart spring as DGotM?
RR: This is so exciting for me. I am so honoured, As there are many other wonderful people out there that deserve this honour. I see this as a new beginning is all aspects of my life. This may just be the start of bigger and better things to come.
AB: This is a busy time for us as we get ready for travel team tryouts and team placement. What are your goals for the 2013 season?
RR: My goals for 2013 is to up my game this year and play fantastic, (and to the best of my abilities) best games that I can.
AB: You are a force on the track and really know how to play the game… Any chance we will see you jam more this year?
RR: I have tried jamming a few times, where as I have really been paying attention to the jammers of games that I have watched, and took some mental notes. I think I would like to maybe jam only on a house league, as we have the most fantastic jammers already which will definitely make the travel team.
AB: What is your favourite thing about roller derby?
RR: I have two favourite things about derby, one being all the friends and close relationships I have built through the few years of playing derby, which I consider my family. And the other thing is playing derby, I never get nervous before a game as I just cant wait to play. It is one of the best games to play to help relieve stress, exercise and push yourself to the limit. You feel so satisfied after a practice, or game. It’s not all about winning, as it is to have so much fun.
AB: Do you have any embarrassing derby moments?
RR: There is noting that I can think of as embarrassing, as not much embarrasses me. lol
AB: What is one derby thing you could never live without?
RR: I honestly can only say that the only thing I couldn’t live without, is being a part of this wonderful league of people on or off of skates.
AB: Who is your inspiration on the track?
RR: Well I’m glad you asked that, my inspiration on the track is Annie Biotix, that reason being, as Annie took a fall and received a concussion, and to see her come back to the track with the outlook of not being scared and stepping it up and playing to her full potential, was amazing. I have fears as well on the track, and I just think of her as my inspiration and say “I can do this”.
AB: It’s obvious that you didn’t start roller skating 2 years ago when the league started; how long have you been skating for?
RR: I have skated when Skate Country was here years ago, and it was a twice a week outing for me to go skate. When they closed, I always said that if I ever get a chance to put skates on again, then I’m there. Wish it was a lot sooner than now, as I’m getting older and probably will not have as many years as I would like to play as a lot of the girls. So with that being said, when I cant play anymore, I will be involved one way or another.
AB: You have helped me, personally, with so many skating skills in the past couple years, is there any skill that you feel you need to work on this year?RR: This year, I feel that I really have to trust my feet. With that being said, stop fearing of getting hurt, and yes jump around a lot on that track. Also, work more on my blocking skills. Use that butt of mine more.
AB: Last season, you played on the Moonshine Maidens and the All-Stars Travel Team. Both teams had 2 different vibes, what is one thing you loved about each team?
RR: Well, there is nothing specific about each team, but when you play on both teams, you have to learn to work with different gals on the track each line is usually different, and that can be challenging, but yet I just love it. I am a person who loves change.
Thanks for the photo, Chelsea Ling. Check out Roxy’s page here!