June Jerby of the Month: Candy Jawbreaker
Congratulations to Candy Jawbreaker for being June Jerby of the Month!
Candy Jawbreaker (isn’t that a fantastic name?) has been doing Junior Derby for a long time and is always cheerful and a great player. Candy has also been getting a chance this past year to play more derby outside the team, filling in spots on other teams as needed. She's one of those secret weapons!
1. What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?
My derby name is Candy Jawbreaker. My mom and I came up with my name and thought it was perfect because I’m super sweet, but I’ll also hurt you. My number’s 44 just because it’s my lucky number.
2. How long have you been with Junior Derby? How did you decide to play/find derby?
I have been with SVRG Junior Derby for almost 3 years! All my friends in middle school were on the Santa Cruz junior derby team and I was so jealous, so when I moved to the Bay Area, I immediately joined! Honestly the best decision of my life.
3. Any previous skating experience before joining Jr. Derby?
Every single Friday night I went to the Seabright Palladium and skated (pulled myself along the side rails).
4. Favorite position to play?
My favorite position is either as a blocker or a pivot. I love pivot because not only do you get to block and hit, but you get to be the leader and help out the rest of the team by telling them what to do. My teammates know I love to be loud!
5. How do you spend your time when not on the track?
Off the track, I am a full time high school senior. I am the president of my high school’s GSA Club and spend a lot of time hanging out with friends, being crazy, and doing teenage stuff.
6. What positive aspect has derby brought into your life?
Derby has actually changed my life in a big way. Before I joined, I had just switched schools and knew nobody. My teammates became my family, and being able to hit people at practice gave me more confidence in regular life. I can also get through large crowds of people much faster.
7. Goals for 2014?
My goals for 2014 are to really work on my hits and making them as strong as possible. Another goal is to try skating in skateboard bowls! It looks like an awesome challenge.
8. Worst Habit?
My worst habit is chasing the jammer and leaving my position open. One big thing I need to work on this year.
9. If you could bout against any team who would it be?
My dream team to bout against is the Santa Cruz Derby Groms. Even though we are less than 30 minutes away and play them a couple times a year, they’re an amazing team and it’s pretty fun playing against old friends.
10. Favorite bout moments? Best moment so far?
One of my favorite bout moments was last summer when I thought I was going to miss the game due to delayed flights from my trip to Mississippi. We flew in that morning, I ran home to get my gear, we got to the rink late, and through all the chaos, I was chosen to be Captain for the first time! I remember we were really playing great as a team and won!!
11. Advice for people who want to join?
Don’t be intimidated. The whole sport looks terrifying, but once you get out there and start, it will take over your whole life. In a great way!
12. Best bruise / worst injury?
I hurt myself A LOT in derby. Like, way too much to even explain. Broken kneecaps, many dislocated ankles, but most recently (as in yesterday at practice), I badly sprained my ankle doing a 2-wheel turnaround drill. Bruise-wise, I had a permanent hip bruise from where I hip-checked and fell.
13. Do you have any jobs you do for Jr. Derby?
No I don’t do anything for SVRG besides amp everyone up during games!