Featured Skater: Rollen’ Rogue

Our next Featured Skater has been with the league since it started and has been a major player in its continued growth and success.  We love our Rollen’ Rogue!

Featured photo © Patrick J

Derby name: Rollen’ Rogue 37

How did you find out about roller derby?
I had just watched the movie ‘Whip It’ when my friend Allie at work told me there were going to be meetings to start up a team here in Bozeman. I was on-line looking for skates that night and was convinced by Mischief Merlot from Electric City R.G (Great Falls) that I would not die if I tried it out; She let me practice with them a few times before GRG started up – so did Obie from Hel’z Belles in Helena – thanks for getting me hooked, girls!

What kind of skating skills or athletic experience did you have before starting derby?
I loved skating at Wheels West growing up in Great Falls, but there was a lot of garage/driveway/sidewalk skating, too. Had not skated much since middle school coming into roller derby. I played softball, basketball, volleyball, & soccer growing up, but really focused on long distance running throughout high school, college & after.

How did you chose your derby name?
The meaning was two-fold: I have a natural white streak in my hair like Rogue from X-men. Then at a training camp in Missoula I got thrown into a scrimmage without knowing how to really stop yet…flew off the track, jumped a barrier and nearly went out the door – a bit ‘rogue’, you could say. I also like having the name as it is opposite of my nature (alter-ego); I am a rule-follower and respect authority figures…for the most part…

What is your primary position?
Jammer, but I love to block, too.

What is your greatest strength as a skater?
After a painful & defeating practice with the Billing Roller Derby Dames, I was told by Scary Keri to not be afraid of derby; with awareness, agility and footwork I could avoid 90% of big hits in bouts..So that is not necessarily my greatest strength, but it is certainly what I always work on!

What do you contribute most to the team?
Uninvited hugs and pop-culture references? 🙂 Other than that, commitment, I guess- I love this league and will always do anything I can to help out. Oh, I’m also the team hoarder – if you forget something at practice, chances are I have it 😀

What has been your greatest experience on the track?
Getting to know and skate with my amazing teammates- they are such great athletes and so smart and fun to be around. I also love the sportsmanship in derby-we are competitive but also compassionate with each other.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Getting to know our newest skaters & hoping they become addicted to derby like the lot of us!

What do you contribute to GRG off the track?
Board member, Head of Scheduling and Training committees.

What do you do in the non-derby part of your life?
I have worked as a landscaper for Cashman Nursery since 2001. I also like to get out for walks/hikes with my dogs & hubby. I am very lucky to be outdoors for most of my days, so when I am tired I do love movies and TV and audiobooks.

If you could have any super power what would it be?
The power to decide which superpower to choose….Healing, telepathy, etc…I can’t choose! Guess I’ll just stick with X-Men Rogue’s: Being able to borrow anyone’s ‘powers’ just by touching them (trying not to drain all their life forces, of course…).

What’s the one piece of advice you would give people interested in playing roller derby?
You will never regret owning skates, so find a cheap pair and start skating on your own or with a friend! You will get great exercise and be ahead of the game when it is time to join a league. And then PRACTICE, PERSISTENCE, and PATIENCE will take you the rest of the way to being successful in derby. We all learn at different speeds and you will get out of derby what you put into it. So if you want to play derby, commit the time and it will happen – oh, and you are gonna make some kick-ass friends along the way. <3