I am so appreciative to have been named skater of the month at SFV. I put on skates for the first time about 8 months ago. I could barely stand up in them, let alone skate. While it’s always been important for me to stay in shape, I’d never considered myself an athlete. It was scary. But everyone I met who talked about roller derby talked about it with such all-consuming passion, I had to figure out what it was all about. It turns out there’s something about the combination of the physical and emotional closeness between you and the other players, along with the way derby rewards you for doing so many somewhat conflicting things at once (like thinking both offensively and defensively simultaneously, and looking at things from a wide and narrow perspective at the same time). I don’t argue with people who say derby is more of a way of life than a sport…and I’m so happy to be a part of it!