Name: Wallflower

Age: 26

Hometown: Orillia

What’s the story behind your derby name/number? As a Non-Skating Official, I have never adopted a number. My name was given. I've never liked being loud or easily noticed. Even with Roller Derby, I always choose the roles that are on the “sidelines” instead of being front and centre on the track with the skaters. I always say give me any position as long as it isn't in the middle of the track! A fellow Official noticed this and suggested the name “Wallflower” for me. Naturally, it stuck!

When did you join Renegade Derby Dames?I joined Roller Derby in 2012 to help a close friend sell tickets at their game in Barrie with the team that is now known as South Simcoe Rebel Rollers. Over the years I worked my way up to scorekeeping. In 2018 I was unable to attend an away game with them, but they suggested helping another nearby league – the Renegade Derby Dames - that was having a game that same weekend. I reached out and have been enthusiastically aiding them ever since.

What’s the best thing about roller derby? The best thing about Roller Derby in my opinion is the uniqueness. It is not your “typical” team sport. There is a place for everyone, regardless of differences. Everyone is welcome!

Why do you keep officiating? I officiate because I do not wish to play. I love Roller Derby and admire the athletes who are able to play such an amazing sport, and I am more than happy to help make sure their games run smoothly!

What is your derby goal/dream? My goal is to help my local leagues excel. I want to see people loving and getting excited over Roller Derby as much as other sports. I want to help others interested in officiating and share my enjoyment with it.

Favourite derby moment? I don't have a favourite derby moment, there are far too many. I do however have a favourite derby feeling: Acceptance.