Next up in our ‘get to know our skaters’ series, an interview with the lovely and tough Special Khaos.
Derby name: Special Khaos
How did you find out about roller derby?
When we were considering moving to Bozeman, my husband on a solo scouting mission, came across some girlz skating at Bogart Park while their kids played on the playground. They invited me (through him) to check it out. I knew then that I could move across the country and find my place in Bozeman. But, it still took me a year to take the plunge and show up at Fresh Meat.
What kind of skating skills or athletic experience did you have before starting derby?
I skated on quads in my elementary days and made up super rad dance routines in a parking lot near my house (shout out to my childhood friend April!). I’ve always thought of myself as a jock, but never really found my athletic sweet spot. I always play hard and can “pit out” over a casual game of tic tac toe.
How did you chose your derby name?
It was agony and I still haven’t settled into it. When it was time to print my jersey, I was ultimately inspired by Seth Green’s character, Kenny aka Special K in the 90’s film, “Can’t Hardly Wait”
What is your primary position?
What is your greatest strength as a skater?
A teammate once told me that my signature move is “hustle.” As one of the larger girls on our team, I’d like to think that I am powerful when I hit and difficult to move when I am hit. On the track I am tenacious, relentless, and always working to improve.
What do you contribute most to the team?
Commitment. I can’t not be there for my team. I love ‘em.
What has been your greatest experience on the track?
Our game is primarily containment, (super effective and smart) but there is something beautiful and satisfying about the perfect timing and placement required for a big destructive hit. There’s nothing better and I treasure each and every one. AND also the one time Sparta Crush and I forsook all other strategies for a ‘peg-assist’. Ahhhhmazing!
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
My sophomore year was a huge season of growth (skill and awareness) for me. We have an amazing group of sophomore skaters this season. I am so stoked to see them bloom into the derby flowers they are.
What do you contribute to GRG off the track?
I am the committee head of League Relations – we plan parties and facilitate togetherness. I am also on the GRG Board and write the press releases for our bouts and events.
What do you do in the non-derby part of your life?
I am the secretary at an elementary school, wife of a major stud, and mother to three spirited children.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
Freeze time. (see above)
What’s the one piece of advice you would give people interested in playing roller derby?
It will take up more space in your heart than you might expect, but you’ve got a big ole heart (I can tell) – it’ll fit.