July Circuit Jerk of the Month: Beetlejules
Congratulations to Beetlejules for being CJ Skater of the Month!
Here are some fun facts about Beetlejules!
- What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?
I was brainstorming with my roommates one day while hanging out. I’ve been called Jules most of my life and I wanted to incorporate it somehow into my Derby name. The TV was on and the dinner scene in Beetlejuice was playing. I immediately thought of Beetlejules and it stuck! For my number, I was born on January 3rd and I’ve always considered 3 my lucky number, so I decide to go for that.
- How long have you been with SVRG? How did you decide to play/find derby?
I’ve been in the Circuit Jerks since April. I had recently moved to the Bay Area and was decided to try new things. Derby seemed like a fun, empowering sport comprised of people that seemed really fun to meet. It took me about 3 months to gather up the courage to go to the first practice but I thank past Jules of being brave enough to do it. It has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life so far.
- Any previous skating experience before joining derby?
I had done recreational ice skating and a little bit of roller skating when I was younger, but nothing serious in my adult life.
- How do you spend your time when not on the track?
I love traveling. Anything from little field trips to new places around the bay for hiking or running, planning road trips across states or trips outside the country. I just recently started training for long distance running and completed a half marathon. My next goal is to complete a full marathon by the middle of next year.
- What positive aspect has derby brought into your life?
Derby had brought a lot of confidence in myself. When I put my skates on for the first time 4 months ago, I couldn’t even stand up. I wondered how i was even going to be able to skate farther than a couple feet. Now, I find myself doing things that I never imagined I would be able to do in such a short period of time. I realize that it takes a lot of practice and consistency to get better at anything and that things that seem impossible at the beginning are very much doable if one is determined to put time and hard work into it.
- Goals for 2014?
Become a better skater, pass minimum skill testing and scrimmage for the first time!
- Advice for people who want to join?
Don’t be intimidated by the sport or the people in it! Everyone in this league has been very welcoming and supportive. I couldn’t have asked for better people to introduce me to the world of Roller Derby.