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Patience Zero #0

Patience Zero is our derby hero! Gutsy and dauntless, the multitalented Patience possesses seemingly supernatural, derby powers with which she saves the day many a jam. She impeccably executes offensive plays (like the appropriately named “Hero”), busting up the opponent’s defense and blowing open holes through which our jammers then effortlessly sail. Her defensive blocking is equally as impressive as her offense; she puts the brick in our walls. Then with elegance and grace, she delivers colossal, perfectly timed hits, dispatching an opposing jammer out of bounds and effectively crushing that beleaguered jammer’s very soul. As a pivot, Patience has occasion to receive a star pass and put points on the board. Basically, there’s nothing this skater can’t do, and we’re incredibly lucky to have her! Did we mention that Patience is also a talented baker and chef who has concocted many a delectable treat for her hungry teammates? Again, lucky us!


Read on to learn more about Patience Zero!


Name and number?

Patience Zero #0


How did you come up with your name?

It started with a nod to a zombie outbreak—Patient Zero—but I also don't have a lot of patience. I think I grew into the name quickly.


What position(s) do you like to play and why?

I love blocking. My goal this season was to really help my jammer get through that pack.


How did you get involved with derby?

In Fall 2011, there was a bout hosted at the Mayo Civic Center. I loved it! Shortly after, I heard people in town were trying to start a team. I saw a flyer about practices, and by January 2012, I had all my gear and joined our rag-tag group of derby newbies.


What is your athletic background?

I was on the swim team in high school, and in college I was in rugby. I think that was a big reason I wasn't too intimidated by the physicalness of it.


What’s your favorite part about derby?

Meeting all the people I wouldn't have otherwise! I don't know where else I could meet such an inspiring group of women. And we all do it because we want to. We run it all ourselves. We have amazing refs, non-skating officials, volunteers, and sponsors who all come together to make this cool sport happen in Rochester. I wouldn't have met most of these people without derby.


What do you do outside of derby (career, family, hobbies, etc)?

I am a cake decorator at Hy-Vee 37th St. I am getting married this fall! I was skating for about a year when I started dating my now fiancé. (I even wrangled him to join our ref crew this last season. I talk about derby a lot anyways—this way he could be more involved.) I also like to craft, crochet, and sew, but my new thing recently is balloon twisting.


What would you choose for your last meal?

Hmm. Can I have the India Garden lunch buffet as my last meal?

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