Skater of the Month: Luna Chick
Nominated for her work as the Head of Bout Production, the February 2013 Skater of the Month is Luna Chick. One of the newest members of SVRG, she joined the league in October after completing SVRG Bootcamp. A recent Noogler ("New Googler"), Luna is a hard worker on and off the track. Congratulations, Luna!
How did you find out about roller derby?
A few years ago, someone posted bout pictures on Facebook, and it looked awesome. It wasn’t until three years later that I finally had enough free time and money to be able to begin derby. That’s when I found SVRG.
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I did a lot of inline skating and skateboarding growing up, and have been hiking and backpacking over the past few years. I can’t sit still, so I spend time running or lifting weights at the gym. Derby is a great way to focus all my nervous cardio energy.
How did you derive your derby name?
My husband suggested it. I think he heard it somewhere as a name for a collective group (possibly Team Luna Chixs) and thought it would a good fit for me. I also felt like it described my general style as a new skater - lots of unfocused energy.
What is your primary position?
I have yet to compete in by first bout, so my primary position is watching on the side for now! I want to become an awesome jammer.
What is your greatest strength as a skater/what do you contribute most to the team?
I think my best strength is my dedication to get better and to learn the sport. I am still developing other strengths, but so far my unwillingness to give up and go home has gotten me the furthest.
What has been your greatest experience on the rink?
Any time I’m jamming during our practice scrimmages and I manage to bust through a wall of Dots is a good day.
What is your worst injury, and how did you earn it?
Belle Wringer plowed into me like a speeding Buick once during practice, and I ended up with a couple of bruised ribs. Luckily for me, it was right before our winter hiatus, so I had a chance to heal without taking time away from skating. That girl can hit!
Who are your biggest fans?
My husband and my mom. They’ve supported me all the way.
Who do you like to partner up with on the track?
I love skating with newer members of the league who are in the same mental place as myself. I’ve been derby-ing for less than a year, and learning strategy for the first time has been more challenging than the physical part for me. I love to be able to learn with other skaters who are figuring it all out for the first time too.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Skating in my first bout.
What kinds of skates and gear do you use?
I wear Antiks since all of the other types of skates I tried on were too low in the ankle. They are a bit heavy, but other than that, they are super comfortable. I also rock a hockey helmet (for safety) and the biggest, softest knee pads I can find, since I love my knees.
What do you contribute to SVRG off the track?
I am the Head of Bout Production, which means that I manage and organize all the pieces involved in putting on a great home bout.
How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?
Non-derby part of life? What’s that?
What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?
Get out there and do it! Don’t give up - it’s such a hard sport and there will be a million times when you will feel embarrassed, naive, or silly just for trying to learn. Once I committed to the sport, it really helped me to watch skaters with similar body size to myself to see how they move and coordinate themselves on the track. Mentally, it really helps to connect with other newbies like yourself, and to reach out to the more veterans skaters for advice. The great thing about derby is that you are never alone. There is always someone who can relate and give advice no matter what the situation.