Skater of the Month: Kraken Rox
A relatively new league skater, long-time NSO and volunteer Kraken Rox is our October 2013 Skater of the Month. Dedicated, hard-working and fun, she has stepped up to take on a number of roles within SVRG. No matter what challenge she faces, Kraken meets it head on with a smile. Elected to serve as the Head of Public Relations, Kraken is an important member of our league off the track, where she develops relationships and identifies opportunities for SVRG to shine. Congratulations, Kraken!
How did you get into roller derby?
My sister has been involved in derby for the past seven years, first as a skater and now as a referee. I had a big life change a year ago and decided it was time for something new and radical.
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
Zero. I have never been involved in anything athletic before derby. Growing up, I was a tomboy and loved both soccer and football, but that was back when girls did not do such things.
How did you derive your derby name?
My family loves words. We manipulate words every time we get together. We were just playing around with different combinations one day such as Smashing Rox, Falling Rox, Cracking Rox, and that morphed into Kraken Rox.
What is your primary position?
Everyone does everything in SVRG, and I’m definitely still learning. I love to jam, but I’m not very good at it yet. Someday I hope to live up to my name, and be feared on the track as The Kraken.
What is your greatest strength as a skater?
Stubborn determination to be the best I can be every single time I put on my skates.
What has been your greatest experience on the rink?
The SVRG community is such a huge, positive force in my life, so that is first. Other than that, I’d say the greatest experience has been learning that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought possible. This translates beautifully to my life off skates as well.
What has been your worst injury?
I had a monster hematoma just before I finished boot camp. It was really impressive, but my worst injury happened two days before my first bout (this month!) when I tore my MCL.
Who is your biggest fan?
My sons, Cisco Skid and Dr. Zeus, for sure.
Who do you like to partner up with on the track?
Eve L. Twin, Gravy, Patty Hearse, and Skullina
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Learning strategy and becoming a more instinctive skater.
What do you contribute to SVRG off the track?
I am currently Public Relations Head, and would love to continue this next season. I think I am pretty good at encouraging my team mates. This is easy, since I am completely crazy about these people.
How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?
I work two very cool jobs and homeschool my youngest son, Cisco Skid. I love reading, hiking, and skating outdoors. Sometimes I speak at homeschool conventions or other events. I do a little writing and have some articles published. Next fall, I hope to transfer from West Valley College to SJSU as a Marketing or Communications major.
What is the one piece of advice you would give people interested in playing roller derby?
Do it. It will transform you from the inside out.
What kinds of skates and gear do you use?
My sister has bought me every piece of derby gear I own (thanks, Hannah Grenade). I have Riedell 122 boots, Sure Grip Invader plates, 45 degree single action trucks, and 55 mm 95 wheels. My gear is all Scabs, except for my K2 Celina wrist guards.
Anything else we should know about you?
My whole family loves roller derby. My sister, her boyfriend, her son, my daughter, and my two youngest sons have been or are involved in derby. Family gatherings can be rowdy. We can all make fart noises with bendy straws in our armpits. Oh, I’m a grandma, and I will be 52 on my next birthday.