April Featured Skater: #162 Armagayddon
“If you can believe in Santa Claus for 8 years, you can believe in yourself for 2 minutes.”
She’s a fierce blocker known to make opposing jammers’ lives a nightmare. Coming to Indy by way of Ithaca, New York, Armagayddon has stormed onto the track and into fan’s hearts.
- What made you decide to try out for roller derby?
The movie “Whip It!” But seriously, that movie planted the seed and after seeing my first bout I realized it was something I had to do. I vacillated for a year because I’ve never been athletic and I was so out of shape and worried about being bad at it. Then, I met some amazing people from my first league, the Ithaca League of Women Rollers, and they helped me get over my my fears.
- What motivates you or inspires you when you hit the track?
My inspiration comes from my wonderful Naptown team and league mates and pretty much everyone who plays this sport. It’s such an incredible thing to be a part of and watching such a variety of women, men and non-binary individuals working hard to accomplish their own goals helps me work harder because I want to be just as awesome as they are! My lovely partner is also a constant source of support and motivation. I absolutely could not do any of it without her. When it comes to bout day, listening to just about anything by Sleater-Kinney will get me ready to kick some butt!
- Proudest derby moment so far?
When I played with my first team (the Bluestockings) at ECDX, Jackie Daniels told me that we made a good nemesis pair during a workshop and getting my first MVP award with the Warning Belles against Demolition City in Evansville!
- When not on skates, you can be found….
Wishing that I was! But also, chillin’ at home with the lady and the dog. Blogging. Working at the retail pharmacy at Riley Hospital.
- Any advice for new skaters or anyone considering doing derby….
Remember that thing I said about being bad at it? I was so bad. But, it’s ok because I worked really hard and now I’m not so bad. To new skaters I would say, unlike how the sport is actually played, things aren’t going to happen all at once. It’s a series of small progressions, with occasional backtracking and occasional breakthroughs and it’s like that for everyone, even that really cool skater who makes everything look easy. The only person you can make a fair comparison with is yourself and if you can believe in Santa Claus for 8 years, you can believe in yourself for 2 minutes. For anyone thinking about joining, why wouldn’t you want to be constantly surrounded by real, strong, athletic, revolutionary women?