May's Skater of the Month- Speed Turtle!

Derby Name and Number? How did you come up with it?
-Speed Turtle, 143. Nurse Ratchet named me at my first CCRE– it wasn't intentional, I had wanted to be "Sailor Moonshine." I picked 143, because I love Mr. Rogers, and that was the code for "I love you." 1 letter, 4 letters, 3 letters.

Where did you grow up?
-Just North of Princeton, NJ.

What made you start playing roller derby?
-I wanted to make more friends with girls, and I've always liked roller skating. It just worked out too well not to.

What is your pre-game routine?
-Lavender bath, candles and folk music. I like to smell extra good before I smell extra bad... I also get really nervous, so I like to calm myself down before I play.

What is your favorite off-skates workout?
-I love riding my bike. I have 3 bicycles, and one in the works.

What is your favorite position to play and why?
-I used to like pivot best, but I think I'm starting to really like jamming.

Worst derby-related injury?
-In my last game I sprained my knee... but the scariest injury was a concussion I got when I flew off the high part of the banked track, and landed on my chin.

What is the most rewarding part of being a member of Penn Jersey Roller Derby?
-The people, without question.

As a member of a bitracksual league, tell us how you feel about the banked track versus the flat track.
-I prefer skating banked to flat, but I learn all my footwork on the flat track first. I need them both!

What inspires you most when training?
-Other skaters. Watching other people grow as skaters, and growing with them, is incredibly rewarding.

March's Skater of the Month- Bread

Derby Name and Number? How did you come up with it?
-Bread 350. It was a nickname that my sister called me, Rye Bread or Bread.

Where did you grow up?
-Glenmoore, PA

What made you start playing roller derby?
-Chelshock...it's all her fault.

What is your pre-game routine?
-I usually put on a hoodie, look in the mirror in the bathroom, and start bobbing my head back and forth like Eminem in 8 mile.

What is your favorite off-skates workout?
-Swimming.

What is your favorite position to play and why?
-Pivot– You get to block and sometimes jam. I'm not huge, not skinny and quick, seems like a good spot for me.

Worst derby-related injury?
-Broken and dislocated right ankle- 2 plates, 11 screws.

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

As a member of a bitracksual league, tell us how you feel about the banked track versus the flat track.
-Banked Track Hard. Flat track speed limited.

What inspires you most when training?
-Ledger's fine fine ass.

February's Skater of the Month– Heather Blocklear

Derby Name and Number?
-Heather Blocklear #31

Where did you grow up?
-Menlo Park Mall, Edison, NJ

What made you start playing roller derby?
-My friend McMenace, made it look easy!

What is your pre-game routine?
-Cut the sleeves off my jersey.

What is your favorite off-skates workout?
-Hooping

What is your favorite position to play and why?
-First Blocker, I like to get a good spot on the starting line so the other team doesn’t get it, and I can be side-by-side with my wall buddy, the Pivot.

Worst derby-related injury?
-Rail to the ribcage.

What is the most rewarding part of being a member of Penn Jersey Roller Derby?
-Playing open scrimmages on the banked track- it’s nice to see visitors looking shaky for once!

As a member of a bitracksual league, tell us how you feel about the banked track versus the flat track.
-Go banked or get spanked!

What inspires you most when training?
-Hitting milestones- like getting 100 laps in under 20 minutes (on my birthday)!