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Velocity Raptor #07

She/her

How did you come up with your derby name and/or number? (And what do your teammates call you?)

During new recruit training, I accidentally shrieked and “clawwed” my hands when I was trying not to fall over, so a vet skater at the time started to call me Raptor and the name stuck. My teammate Krakken had the amazing suggestion to add “Velocity” and I LOVED it. Teammates still call me Raptor. 

What made you decide to try roller derby?

I was familiar with roller derby from a friend’s badass older sister who started playing in college. I decided to try it out when I was going through a pretty tough time with my mental health.

I needed something to motivate me and I could not have picked a better outlet. This incredible group of people taught me how to literally pick myself up when I fall down and to keep going! I feel like this sport and this family brought me back to life.

How long have you been playing roller derby?

Since 2018 New Recruits.

What's your favorite thing about MedCity Roller Derby?

Number one: the teammates. They are the most encouraging, patient, hilarious, accepting, and strong people I know. I learn something new from them at every practice. Number two: The feeling of skating is so freeing to me. No matter what kind of day I've had, once I step on the track and start moving, I feel lighter and happier.

What position or role do you have within the league? 

Co-Assistant General Manager, Vet skater, and I like to play Jammer.

What are you most excited about this season?

This is my first full season back after I had two, back-to-back “9 month injuries”… (AKA my children). I’m just happy to be here!

Do you have a game day ritual or routine?

Nervous pooping ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What is your favorite or least favorite drill/skill at practice and why?

I love endurance drills and jammer drills. 

If you could live or visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’m happy living in the Midwest, but I want to see a lot more of the world. Top of my list would be Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

Which three words would you use to describe yourself?

Goofy, Energetic, Loving

Do you have a favorite song that gets you hyped up for games or practice?

Boys Wanna Be Her by Peaches -- Yeah, it's from Whip It (the roller derby movie), so I already associate it with skating and it's just a great song that hypes me up.

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