Back in 1989, the singer Michel’le released a song called “Nicety.” Some people think I'm nice, some people think I'm nasty, and if you really want to know just ask me ... And I'll say I'm nicety.
My sister once told me “You’re the nicest person I know AND the meanest!” She was right! My nickname became “Nicety”. For the most part, I'm 90% nice and 10% nasty. On the derby track, it's the opposite (at least in my mind).
My derby number comes from the 152nd day of the calendar year -- June 1st, my mom's birthday. In 2014, my mom passed away. At the same time, my daughter stopped playing sports after ten years -- sports that helped both of us cope with the death of her father. I was at a loss. What would I do now? Then I thought, it's my turn to do something for myself! Just what that was, I didn't know.
One morning, I was watching KTLA news and Gayle Anderson was doing a segment on SFV Roller Derby at The Lot. Hmm, maybe this is what I need ... I showed up to First Date and I feel it was one of the best decisions of my life.
The people who inspire the most are the derby skaters over 40. We all struggle at every level, but it’s inspiring to see those hard-core skaters don’t give up. Age means nothing! Practice, determination, and perseverance will prevail. They inspire this 45-year-old to work harder, never quit, hustle faster, and never use the excuse that I'm too old to do something because I see that they can do it!
I used to think I wanted to be a jammer -- the "star" of the team. After the Freshie Bout, I realized blocking is my strength. I can still be one of many stars that make up the galaxy that is my team! Go Bandits!
Believe it or not, my favorite derby memories are all the times I've volunteered. I truly enjoy helping the league that has helped me so much emotionally, just by allowing me to skate. The love, encouragement and support I receive surpasses any therapy I could get elsewhere!