How was your Monday? Ours too, so let’s spotlight a girl who is vital to LOLRD. She’s your best friend, she can rock any piece of jewelry and someone you don’t want to mess with on the track.
Introducing Wee Smasha, #88
Q. How long have you been skating? On what teams?
A. I have been skating since August 2009. This will be my seventh season playing roller derby. I played with Junction City Roller Dolls for four seasons. This year I will start my third season with Ladies of the Lake Roller Derby.
Q. You recently graduated with your Associates in Nursing. What are your plans now that you’ve graduated?
A. Currently, I am preparing to pass my boards to become a Registered Nurse. After I pass my boards I plan to get a job in the Intensive Care Unit. I would also like to do a medical missions trip. Eventually I will get my Bachelor’s in Nursing but that won’t be for a little while.
Q. You’re such a badass on and off the track. What is some advice you have to empower females to be more like you? A. I’ve played sports my whole life. I’ve learned many times over the years if there’s something you are uncomfortable with, practice is the best time to attempt those things. We get so comfortable doing things that we’re good at and tend to neglect working on the things that need a little extra work. People often think that I just had a natural talent for roller derby but that isn’t true. When I first tried out for Junction City in 2009 I could barely stand up in my skates. I had bruised arms, legs and hips just like everybody else did. We all have to start somewhere but hard work and determination can get you a lot of places.
Q. Can you remember a game you felt on fire, like everything you were doing on the track felt right? Describe it, why you were on fire.
A. A game I’ll never forget was when I was in high school, it wasn’t playing roller derby. It was my sophomore year of high school and I was playing soccer for my high school team. For whatever reason my coach never really believed in me. I subbed in for girls on the varsity team but mostly I sat the bench for a good part of the season. It was my assistant coach that mentioned to my head coach that I should play more and give me a chance. We were playing one of our rival high school teams that we had lost to previously in the season. I remember that day at school because it felt like the worst day I’ve ever had. When I got onto the soccer field I just played my heart out and left everything out on the field. I scored three goals in a row and my team won the game. I’ve never seen my mom cheer and yell so loud in my life. The next morning my mom had cut out every single newspaper clipping she could find. I haven’t really had any games like that in roller derby. I make mistakes all the time on the track. The best thing to do is to reset your mind in the next jam. Everything that happened previously doesn’t matter. If you pay too much attention to mistakes, you’ll psych yourself out.
Q. What do you like to do on the weekends, besides practice derby with your ladies.
A. I la la la la love hanging out with my family and the love of my life, Johnny. Sometimes I swear I am an old lady trapped in a young body. I love to crochet, sew, play bingo, anything that has to do with crafts really. I also really enjoy camping and hiking. I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t really had a lot of opportunities to do some of my favorite things. Now that I am graduated I am really excited to do those things again.