Skater Spotlight: Trouble #36

©Corinne Ryan Photography

©Corinne Ryan Photography

Derby Name and Number? How did you come up with it?

My Derby name is Trouble and I am #36. My name is sort of ironic as I am one of the last people anyone would think of when they think “Trouble”. (At least I was when I started playing derby!) I was 36 when I played in my first game! Seemed like a great number :)

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Landsdowne originally then Berwyn. I’ve lived all over Pennsylvania since then.

What made you start playing roller derby?

I started taking my then 6 year old son, Jack, to Palace Roller Skating because I loved it as a kid and he loved skating too. I started asking the people that worked there what a 30-Something woman can do with skating outside of a skating rink. A fellow skating friend (later known as Ginger Snaps Bones) asked me if I knew anything about Roller Derby. The night I happened to ask the Palace peeps about Roller Derby was the same night that Nique Havoc from PJRD was there recruiting! I went to see a game that weekend and the following week I was in the Rookie program and hooked for life!

What is your pre-game routine?

I get ready way too early, sit around in my uniform and game day makeup and stare at the clock until it’s time to go. I generally don’t get nervous until just before the game and then I can’t wait until the first jam starts because then there’s no time be nervous!

©OhBrad Jamit

©OhBrad Jamit

What is your favorite off-skates workout?

I’m starting to really like the recumbent bike (easy on the knees) and any workout I can do with my friends.

What is your favorite position to play and why?

I have been a Jammer for most of my derby career. I feel like getting through the pack is like solving a puzzle. And if I don’t solve it fast enough (or patiently enough), my punishment is getting stuck!

Worst derby-related injury?

My worst injury was a torn PCL which took me out of derby for a bit too long and it took me a while to find my way back :(

What is the most rewarding part of being a member of Penn Jersey Roller Derby?

Outside of the personal feeling of accomplishment, it’s my friendships. I don’t know where I’d be without these amazing people in my life.


As a member of a bitracksual league, tell us how you feel about the banked track versus the flat track.

I “grew up” as a PJRD skater on the banked track. I love it! When I came back after my injury, the league had just begun skating WFTDA/flat track and honestly, it looked terrifying. But I have come to love the skill and strategy that it involves. I am so grateful to be able to skate on both tracks!

What inspires you most when training?

My teammates - 100%. Not only do I have to compete to keep my spot on the team, I also want to play with my friends!! I can only do that if I work as hard as they do.

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©Steve Messerer/Eric von Flickr