April Skater of the Month: Mellynium Falcon
A member of SVRG since 2013, Mellynium Falcon is an amazing skater, leader, and friend. She’s level headed, has phenomenal track awareness, and is known for giving clear, helpful feedback that pushes her teammates to play their best. She serves as Secretary of SVRG’s Board of Directors, parents two beautiful little girls, and manages to work full time. She’s been working hard and kicking booty ever since she joined the league. In fact, back in 2014, Mellynium Falcon was recognized as Circuit Jerk of the Month for all of her hard work and support, even while she was on maternity leave. Since she’s been back from maternity leave, she hasn’t stopped! After SVRG Hard Drivers’ first bout of the 2016 season, Sonoma County Roller Derby’s North Bay Bruisers voted Mellynium Falcon the Best Blocker! Looks like all her cross-training and dedication has paid off! Her commitment and passion on and off the track is much appreciated – and the honor of April Skater of the Month is well deserved! Congratulations Melly!
How did you get into roller derby? How long have you been with the SVRG?
I started with SVRG as a Circuit Jerk in Fall 2013. I passed my minimum skills in November that year, scrimmaged once, and then found out I was pregnant with my second child 3 days later. I kept skating for 6 months (no contact) and got back on skates in October. The following year (2015), I was rostering for Hard Drivers and KillaBytes games.
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I did sports through Junior High and marching band in High School. I had skates as long as I can remember, but never did more than the occasional birthday party at Aloha/Roxy/Golden State/San Jose Skate.
How did you derive your derby name?
I did kind of a crowd source thing on Facebook. Terminal Melocity was a close second.
What is your primary position?
Blocker/Pivot, but I occasionally Jam.
Track awareness and forethought. I attribute a big part of that to being able to help as an NSO (Non Skating Official) while pregnant, and getting great information/feedback about what was happening from TaraByte and Jonny Demonic. I loved NSOing so much I still do it as much as I can when I'm not skating.
What has been your greatest experience on the rink?
I think it was unexpectedly jamming at last year's SVRG Gobble Wobble tournament, and doing fairly well.
What was your worst derby injury, and how did you earn it?
Chest Wall Contusion while running a drill with a teammate. It took at least three weeks before I could take a whole breath in, and 6+ weeks to heal completely. Unfortunately, while convalescing, my clutzy self also tripped in the garage and landed on the soft part of the knee on a power strip. That took another 3 weeks. -_-
Who are your biggest fans?
My kids will be when they get old enough to be excited about it and my hubby, Mr. Falcon (although I think it's more of a loving tolerance). Hands down, teammates Goldie Knocks, Bunny FuFu, Unicorn Chaser (Retired), and 50 Shades of Pain (Current Boot Camper). They've been there for me since the beginning and have helped me through countless challenges while cheering me through so many accomplishments.
Goals for 2016?
WIN. Also, skill up enough to play with the Dot Kamikazes. They are AMAZING skaters and my heroes.
Talking down to myself in my head. Derby is just as much a mental game as it is physical. Stop listening to that little voice in your head that says “you can't” or “you aren't good at something” and just do it.
What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?
I'm work under Bunny FuFu in the Merchandise committee as well as serve the League as Secretary of the Board of Directors.
How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?
I work full time in as an AP for Hardware in the video game industry as well as a Mommy to two little girls (Tana 4 years old, Esme 18mos). Most of my time is spent working, playing with my children/keeping them alive, spending time with my husband, crocheting/painting miniature commissions, and even sometimes sleeping.
Stop making excuses to yourself. Just get out there and do it. Excuses and bad timing on my part robbed me of years of derby time when I could have been learning/playing.
What positive aspects has derby brought into your life?
Confidence. Not just in myself, but in my body. I did not know it could do the things that it does and every practice I find something new that surprises me. I am so much more body aware and I admire things about my body now that I used to think were negatives. Big Butt?! All the better to block you with, my dear. *BAM!*
Come on out on April 30th and see Mellynium Falcon block her opponents with her fantastic booty! You can buy pre-sale tickets until 10am Saturday morning at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2495389. You can also buy tickets at the door!