Photography credit: Famuz Photo

Photography credit: Famuz Photo

Haun Solo #14, High Seas Hotties

What prompted you to get involved in roller derby?

I had watched a bout once back in 2011 and joined with my best friend during the next bootcamp. we were super competitive so neither of us would have let the other quit first. 

How did you come up with your derby name?

My last name is Haun, and I wanted to incorporate it in my name. It was either that or Akilla the Haun

Do you have a favorite derby memory?

My first league, Vette City Roller derby and we had signed up to play at the Beach Brawl tournament back in 2015. Between the time of paying the fee and actually going, we had a lot of skaters quit/retire/get injured so we played the 3 day 4 bout tournament with 9 players (many it was their first bouts). So that was equally my most painful, exhausting, but fun memory. I think we probably have the biggest loss on record. 

The sport seems highly physical. Have you ever gotten injured?

I’ve broken my ankle during off season skiing, and I’ve broken my pinky trail skating, but I’ve never had a serious injury during a game or practice (just some good bruises and many lost toenails). 

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

Being a part of a team and the camaraderie. I have been involved in organized sports since I was 4 (soccer, volleyball, tennis, flag football). I love it and I need it. 

Is there anything you're scared to try?

I got flipped upside down during a bout after I attempted an apex jump....landed right on my head HARD. Unless you’re paying me, I’m not interested in big jumps anymore. 

What position are you most comfortable playing?

Jamming

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

We are all tough women! We are all feminine and masculine and all the things. 

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

I LOVE to cook, play guitar/mandolin/piano, and interpretive dance. 

Playing any sport is a huge commitment. How do you juggle that along with your life outside of derby?

It’s easy when your partner does it with you  our schedules are the same and our pets are cool with the extra nap time while we’re away. Also, I’m in the mental health field so it’s nice to relieve some stress after work.

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

Sunglasses

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

I’d like to be able to hit a player into the air twice my size.

Do you have any pre-bout rituals?

Dog park early morning, Waffle House for breakfast, Angry music, road rage, pre-workout, and plenty of water. I also listen to the Any Given Sunday speech where Deniro is in the locker room getting the team pumped up.

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

QUIT CARING SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF YOU. NO ONES LOOKING AT YOU.