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Derby Name: Devo Number: 153 Team: Vineyard Vixens Where do you work? I’m an office clerk at an engineering firm and a retail supervisor. How does your job affect your derby career? Allows me the time off to play! What are your hobbys outside of derby? Derby is pretty much my only hobby. What is […]

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Derby Name: Devo
Number: 153
Team: Vineyard Vixens

Where do you work?
I’m an office clerk at an engineering firm and a retail supervisor.

How does your job affect your derby career?
Allows me the time off to play!

What are your hobbys outside of derby?
Derby is pretty much my only hobby.

What is your derby name? What’s the story behind it?
Derby name is Devo. It is literally my given name minus the last letter. It’s a nickname I’ve had off and on for years, so I decided to go with it. It’s worked out quite nice.

Why roller derby?
It has always appealed to me. Skating, speed, hitting…a triple whammy of Devo approved fun.

What would you be doing right now if you weren’t involved with derby?
Probably spending more time on my couch…

What’s your favorite part of the derby experience?
I LOVE seeing people accomplish a goal. When a skater finally nails a jump, or makes that 27/5… the look on their face, the cheers from the league, that awesome moment of fully annihilating that goal you have been working so hard towards. It’s a powerful thing, dude. And of course, after parties!

What position do you play?
I used to Jam a lot, but have started blocking more.

How do you hone your Derby Skills?
I like to go back to basics. Breaking down my stride, transitions, stopping, gliding etc. They’re the foundation of developing any skill, and it helps me to correct the bad habits I form.

What’s your favourite pre-practice meal or snack?
I don’t really have a go-to. Sometimes it’s apples, sometimes it’s cabbage rolls… Lots of water though!

Who is your Biggest Fan(s)?
Definitely my husband, Andrew.

Who is your Hero? 
Ferris Bueller

What is your favourite thing about roller derby?
Skating. I just love to skate. And I guess the league members are ok, too. 🙂

Most Memorable Derby Moment?
There are SO many, but my new (and probably forever) favourite moment was taking out spectators in suicide seating.

Pre-Bout Rituals?
Get together with the team, eat some food, maybe a little dance party in the changeroom. And I always look to see where my parents are sitting.

What’s your Athletic Background?
Soccer and ice hockey competitively, but I’ve dabbling in a bunch of different sports.

Advice to Someone Interested in Playing?
Buy a crappy pair of skates and learn to SKATE! It will be awesome, and you’ll fall in love with it, and you’ll join a league, and you’ll meet amazing people, and you’ll have so much fun!

Who do you want to give a SHOUT-OUT to?
I wish I could list everyone! The skaters, my parents, all of my family and friends who have come out to support me and NRG, and whoever invented roller skates!

Likes/dislikes?
Likes: My dog Seamus, a good time, PBR, and of course, the Habs
Dislikes: Jerks

Derby Wife?
No m’am… I’m living the derby bachelorette life!

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