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Painapple Express #19, Wrecking Crew

What prompted you to get involved in roller derby?

I was turning 30 and I have never had a lot of self confidence. I went to a game because I met Pound at the roller rink and he told me about DDD, my husband and I went to a game that weekend and were hooked. 

How did you come up with your derby name?

I have a pineapple tattoo. It kind of just happened. 

What's the most rewarding aspect of playing the game? 

I love that people are out being themselves and loving it.  The last home game had Crew and Hotties competing for 3rd and during half time and before the game skaters were dancing together. On the jam line we laugh and joke. And I know there is a video of skaters dancing to Tina Turner's Rolling. People just having fun. It’s amazing. 

Is there anything you're scared to try?

Skating in a bowl. I want to try it so bad and I am working on the courage. I want to do a hoho before I am unable to skate.  

What position are you most comfortable playing? 

I feel most comfortable blocking. I tend to not breathe when I jam. 

A big misconception is that all derby players are "tough broads" and not at all feminine. What would you tell them? 

It probably wouldn't be lady like.

What are your non-derby hobbies/activities/hidden talents? 

I crochet and sew. I am working on learning how to write my own clothing patterns. 

What's one thing you can't leave the house without? 

My car keys. I forget about everything else. I even showed up to practice without skates recently. 

If you could choose one skill in roller derby to perfect in an hour, what would it be and why?

Lateral movements. It is what I am currently working on to be a better offensive player. 

If you could go back and talk to yourself as a newbie skater, what advice would you give her?

Not to worry what other people think. It's good practice for life too.