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Darlington Stripe #416

What's the story behind your derby name?
I've got a secret love for small town stock car racing. My grandparents built and ran Varney Speedway, so I grew up with those thundering engines rumbling in my chest every weekend as a kid. Never fully able to let go of the dream, I did a driver training course a few years ago and I’m only one day's training away from having my legit racing license. My name pays tribute to Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, a legendary track known as "The Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough To Tame." Because of the track's egg-like shape, it's hard to set up a car's suspension so that it corners well at both ends, so unlucky drivers can easily misjudge a turn and bounce off the wall, leaving a streak of paint behind… the walls are painted white at the start of the racing season, and by the end of the first race they're covered in paint streaks from all the drivers who got their “Darlington stripe.” (Sort of like how my body looks after a game!)

What's the story behind your derby number?
Toronto born and raised, the (416) is in my heart wherever I am. I love my city, flaws and all.

When did you join Renegade Derby Dames?
Fall 2013.

Had you ever played roller derby before joining RDD?
I skated with Renfrew County Roller Derby’s Valley Valkyries in 2013.

What (if any) skating experience did you have before joining RDD?
None. I was Bambi on ice for several weeks when I started out. I hated figure skating as a kid and mainstream sports don't really do it for me.

Why did you join?
I move often, and derby is a surefire way to find like-minded people in my new home. Now, whenever relocation looms on the horizon, my main criteria is "how close is the nearest derby league?"

What's the best thing about being a derby girl?
Hands down, the best thing about it is how welcoming the derby community is. It’s a place where your love of derby is enough, regardless of your skill level. Mutual respect and admiration are a huge part of it... it's the only sport where I've seen one skater send another FLYING with a massive hit, and then high five each other right after. (To celebrate both the "hitter's" awesome hit and the "hittee's" getting back up with a smile on her face!) Derby is one of those rare things in life that is every bit as fun as it is hard.

What do you do in your non-derby life?
I'm an artsy, nature loving mama who believes in living simply and honestly with as much good food, music and laughter as possible. I'm big on making room in the world for people to live to their fullest, and working in the non profit sector is where you can find me when I'm not on the track.

Who is your favourite skater/derby idol?
My first derby crush was surely Sister Disaster of RVRG, (first real live derby titan I met) but my new hometown heroes are Monster Muffin, Crazy Squirrel and my "alter ego" Riot Rhythm. My derby idol? No contest, it's that little powerhouse, Skullette, of Alliston Junior Roller Derby. ;) Hands down, that tiny titan has mad skills that blow my mind.