" The person that inspires me on the track is YoShee Attax. She has stuck to derby regardless of all the obstacles placed in front of her. She might not know it, but she stopped me from quitting on the day of our first scrimmage. I was ready to walk out, but she just kept pushing me out of my negative mindset. "
My favorite derby memory....has to be the night before I went to first date. My boyfriend brought me to the last SFV official game of the season and I met HardLee Ann Angel. A skater flew into the crowd...into me 👌🏼😬😘 it was so EXCITING ! I was sold and that night I signed up with HardLee and started this incredible journey.
My derby name is a play on words of the "Croatoan virus" from Supernatural. My mom and I we're brainstorming name ideas and this one just seemed to fit. My derby number is my favorite numbers 8 and 13 with a zero added on to the end.
I was introduced to derby by a friend from school who played and told me I had to come to at least one practice. I've loved it ever since!
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.
My roller derby number 471 is the number of my karate black belt #, and my derby name Zora is after one of our cats! I was inspired to start derby from reading an article about roller derby from a kids magazine I subscribe to. It’s hard to say what position I play the most. I enjoy blocking the most because there’s a lot of teamwork involved. What I love most about the sport is that I’ve made so many new friends, and playing the game makes me feel strong. My My best memory is when we won the first game since I had joined the team a year ago. When I tell my friends and family I play roller derby, they say “You play whaaaat?!” It always makes me smile because my friends don’t know me as Zora. My family supports me and come to all of my games and take me to my practices.