#217 Sick Foley
Outside of Derby:
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What I'd Tell New Skaters:
I play as both a blocker and a jammer, but jamming is becoming more of a regular role and is definitely my preferred role. I have a long way to go on my jammer skills but I really enjoy it!
I started on April 8, 2014.
I work as a patient advocate for behavioral health patients. In my non-work life, I love all things horror. I am a former clown (which keeps with my horror theme, yes?) and will still make balloon animals upon request. I am also a huge wrestling
nerd, as evidenced by my derby name (from Mick Foley, a.k.a. Cactus
My best derby moment to date is definitely getting MVP Jammer for Chemical Valley at the Big Sandy Arena bout against OVRG. It was my first bout playing solely as a jammer so it was definitely a huge confidence booster.
Thankfully nothing comes to mind, which can only mean a huge embarrassment is headed my way.
My goal for this season is to improve my skills as both a jammer and a blocker and to be more aggressive on the track.
I always eat jelly beans on bout day. I try to avoid candy most of the time but on bout day I treat myself :)
For anyone considering it, I would say absolutely go for it! It can be very scary at first but you have the comfort of knowing that we were all new and scared at one point. This is such a supportive community of skaters who want to see others do well. Derby is so empowering and confidence-boosting, not to mention great
exercise. And if you try it and discover that skating isn't your thing, you can still be a part of the community by coaching, volunteering, or serving as a non-skating official.
For those new to derby, I would say stick with it when it gets tough. There were plenty of practices where I left feeling like I would never learn a certain skill. But when you stick with it, and suddenly you can do that skill, it is the most amazing feeling! And don't forget that you are part of a group of people who are there to help and support you. Even the best skaters had to learn the things you are learning now. Don't judge yourself based on them! With dedication you will get there in time.