Name: Raising Pains
What are the reasons behind your derby name and number?
Well after trying to come up with a name for over a year, a few of my teammates and I were brainstorming over a few beers and one of them said, “How about instead of Raising Canes, you could be Raising Pains” and it stuck. My number stands for February 24th, my wedding Anniversary.
Which position do you play?
Blocker and Jammer, but recently I mostly just block with my girl Tank Goodness.
What is your most memorable derby moment?
Well really I have two. One was when I lost one of my wheels in a bout while I was jamming and literally skated on one skate to get to my pivot to pass her the jammer panty! The other was when I received the “Rookie of the Year” award…that was such an amazing feeling.
Who is your favorite roller derby player?
Zarathrustya, the founder of Red Stick Roller Derby. Without her, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing sport. I’m really looking forward to watching her play with Rat City!!
What first attracted you to derby?
I saw it on a reality show, and I was hooked. I pretty much grew up at the skating rink in Baker, so when I found out that Baton Rouge had a team, I couldn’t wait to get involved!
What type of gear do you prefer?
I use 187 Pro pads, Riedell 265 skates, Triple 8 helmet, and Atom Poison wheels.
What do you do when you’re not playing derby?
When I’m not doing anything derby related, I’m either working or spending time with my family and friends. My husband coaches wrestling for Brusly High so I spend a lot of time at tournaments too.
Do you have a favorite skating song or a theme song?
Not really, but Debbie Deb’s “Lookout Weekend” totally reminds me of going to the skating rink when I was growing up.
Do you have any advice to anyone thinking about playing derby?
Do it…you will push your body to limits that you didn’t know you were even capable of, but it is so rewarding.
Is there any teammate with whom you work best?
Hands down my derby wife, Tank Goodness. She knows what I’m gonna do and vice versa…we just “do what we do” and it works.
Do you have a favorite sign or cheer you’ve seen in the audience?
My daughters made a sign that said “You got Painked” (for Pains & Tank)…hands down my favorite!!
Did you play any sports before roller derby?
I played soccer for my Junior College, and I have been coaching girls soccer for 7 years now.
When did you join Red Stick Roller Derby?
I joined in July of 2009