May 2015 Featured Skater
Derby Name/#: Read My Lips XXX, #19
Derby DOB: February 2, 2015
On the Track Jobs: Blocker
Tell us about overcoming obstacles in relation to derby: "I’ve been deaf since birth and I’ve used that as fuel to face challenges head-on through life. Having a hearing loss is not a barrier; it’s more of a challenge, and I find ways to overcome those challenges. To me, it doesn’t seem that big of a deal, but I do rely on my other senses to overcome my hearing loss.
I first learned about roller derby in Evansville, Indiana, and it was always in the back of my mind to try something new and challenging. 5 years later, I decided to take the plunge with CGRG! Roller derby is definitely a fast-paced game, and my teammates rely on verbal communication, but now they have incorporated some hand signals while on the track or facing me while talking. Being deaf also makes me trust my teammates ,and I rely on them to help me understand what is going on and what skills are being worked on. Roller derby empowers me to step outside of my comfort zone and show that anyone can overcome challenges if you put your blinders up and put your mind to it and refuse to back down.