Name: Little Miss Maggot
What are the reasons behind your derby name and number?
When I was enduring the Freshmeat program I was also knee-deep in my Master’s thesis research; a task that involved daily recordings of decomposing cadavers. Needless to say, at the time, I developed quite a rapport with several thousand maggots and decided to pay homage to them through my derby name.
Which position do you play?
This season I’ve jammed and pivoted quite equally, but its no secret that pivoting is where I feel most fulfilled. I think it takes a good blocker to be a great jammer and a good jammer to be a great blocker. As athletes its important to practice every position, to make yourself endure the ‘not so comfortable’, because sooner or later you’re going to have to step it up.
What is your favorite thing about derby?
Those rare and fantastic moments when your pack’s minds converge into one Mega-brain and you can conquer any badass jammer or seemingly impenetrable wall.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned playing derby?
I suppose this is one of those life lessons that most people learn sometime in junior high, but: if at first you don’t succeed try again, and again, and again and again. In roller derby we wear full protective gear and falling down is perfectly acceptable. So, why not really go for that apex jump, that can-opener or, my latest nemesis, the backwards hip-check. Sure, you’re going to fall A LOT, but hell, JUST DO IT!
What is your most memorable derby moment?
I’ve been hip-checked, shoulder-checked, can-opened, elevator-doored, boomeranged into and even occasionally punched by many a derby girl, but only once have I been attacked by…chairs! At the Tragic City home bout this season I was eagerly awaiting my release whistle from the penalty box and in my excitement to get back in the game I somehow managed to tangle my skate lace around the penalty chair leg, and low and behold as I bolted out of the box those chairs (I swear) jumped up and tackled me to the floor. Needless to say, I did not make a stealthy re-entry into the pack.
What are your goals in roller derby?
Who is your favorite roller derby player?
Luludemon of the Terminal City Rollergirls. I have attended several of her classes at Rollercon and I really admire her work ethic and problem-solving approach to the sport. She might have me routing for Team Canada, despite my U.S. citizenship.
What first attracted you to derby?
At one of the Geography and Anthropology department barbeques I spent the whole time playing basketball. During a water/beer break one of the guys I was playing with commented on how aggressively I played and insisted that I check out the local derby league. I sent RSRD an email that night and started Freshmeat a couple of weeks later.
What do you do when you’re not playing derby?
I fit the mold of Generation-Y to a T. I have a Masters degree in anthropology, I currently work in a coffee shop and I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.
Do you have a favorite skating song or a theme song?
I was going to skip this question but Jams P. Skullivan has insisted that I tell the truth. My ultimate skating song is Baby by Justin Bieber. Okay, I have officially relinquished any hardcore derby points I may have had…it’s just so darn catchy.
Do you have any advice to anyone thinking about playing derby?
Skate as much as you can. When I started Freshmeat I got a job as a skating carhop at Sonic and had no choice but to improve my speed and balance. I’m not saying that everyone has the wonderful opportunity to find employment in the glamorous fast food industry, but spend a lot of time on your skates. Your efforts will be rewarded.
Is there any teammate with whom you work best?
Definitely, Turbo Tyke – ORANGE POWER!!!
Do you have a favorite sign or cheer you’ve seen in the audience?
Eat em’ up Maggot
Eat em’ up
When did you join Red Stick Roller Derby?