Full Derby Name: Lady HAHA
Skater Number: 314
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2. What does the Derbyverse call you? And what is your Skater Number?
Lady HAHA #314
3. Is there a story behind your derby name?
I am a huge fan of Lady Gaga and comic books. More importantly, I’m known for laughing and joking around a bunch both on and off skates. It only seemed appropriate to combine all these forces to make the ultimate little-derby-Joker-monster
4. How did you get started playing for Diamond State Roller Derby?
I found a flyer in a cafe and held onto it. I lost in my room but it resurfaced within a year, right after graduating from UD. At that time I was looking for a sport to join and a community to be a part of. I went to a Home vs. Home game and walked over to Marty Graw and Senora Matadora who were bench coaching and asked how to get involved. After a few months of waiting for a New Skater Program to start, I was hooked.
5. What is one of your goals for the 2018 season?
I’d like to solidify my abilities as a jammer/pivot. I want to rock some offense and jump the apex.
6. What is your most memorable moment with Diamond State?
This is an unfair question. I loved walking in on the first night and being greeted casually by HysteriKa who made the whole new skater process waaayy easier. Any time I can sing or make references and someone joins along is wonderful. Most importantly though, is probably when HysteriKa derby proposed to me. It’s hard to beat that and she’s consistently been a great friend and teammate.
7. When you’re not being a bada** skater…what are you doing? (Profession/Hobbies)
*Disclaimer: prepare for shameless plugs* I am an office manager for Epoch Chiropractic in Pike Creek. I also work part-time as an EMT on weekends. When I’m not doing those things, I take ballroom dance lessons (Ballroom by Bill), practice Muay Thai (Chok Dee Athletics), help run a podcast about video games (Two Guns, No Ammunition), enjoy running and lifting weights, and I like to draw and paint.
8. What skaters do you most admire most and why?
Hard question. I admire Boku no Pico for her stopping power, that girl is impossible to move and will wreck you if you aren’t careful. I also admire Mina Knievel. Again, she’s a powerhouse and she’s incredible to watch. I remember a home game when she jammed and as soon as the whistle started the jam, every blocker was moved out of her way. It was like watching a jungle cat sprint through tall grass and it all happened in seconds.
9. Any advice for someone who might be considering trying derby or are new to derby?
Start. Start now. Don’t worry about if you’ll be qualified enough or trying out. Go to the next game or reach out to your local team and see what you can be involved in. Any experience with skating or physical fitness is great but derby is for everyone. Having wheels on your feet is goofy but you will get used to it. You will learn how to fall and you will learn to get up. The community could not be more supportive and excited to help you get better.
10. Any final thoughts for our fans?
We love you and all the support you give us! Honestly, when jamming, the most encouraging thing to hear is you guys cheering.