November 2018 Skater of the Month

Jams Dean #130

Tell us about your name.
When I started skating with SFV, my dad was working on a book about James Dean, the Rebel Without A Cause actor who lived his short life in the fast lane. 130 is the number he chose for his new '55 Porsche that he entered into a road race that he never made it to because of his untimely and tragic death. 'Jams Dean' seemed like a good alter ego for me because James Dean's carefree, cool, defiant persona is pretty much the exact opposite of my personality in "real life." The namesake serves as a reminder for me to live in the moment, be present, and experience all of the derby adventures with a sense of reckless abandon because you never know what life will throw your way, so enjoy the ride while you're on it.

What position do you play? What are your derby goals?
I have been playing the position of Pivot, which suits my strengths as a skater. I play a supportive role in my squad to help contain the opposing jammer, utilize track awareness to come to my jammer's aid when she needs a little rescuing, and use my speed to break away from the pack when the panty is passed to me.

I try to go into every jam with the mindset that the score is zero to zero and my goal is to not be the weak link in my wall. So while I may not make the big hits like Dovahkill and Rebellious Moose or do the fancy footwork like Tarascan Terror and Beat-her Pan, being the Pivot has given me the opportunity to be a utility player who can do a little bit of everything and contribute in a meaningful way to my team. I strive to be a well-rounded skater and the type of teammate who can be depended on and called upon in any situation.

Who inspires you on the track?
AmericanHurL Doll. Hurlie attacks both life and derby with infectious enthusiasm, endless energy, and a fearless attitude. She maintains a great balance of being a serious competitor and having fun, which makes her an incredible player, teammate, and friend. I want to be just like her when I grow up.