Roller derby name and number: Roustabout #2112
Roller derby position – on the track: Referee or NSO, wherever I’m needed. I love officiating for roller derby. There’s a definite satisfaction that comes with it. Lately I’ve compared it to playing Tetris. It feels great when the entire official crew syncs up.
How long have you been involved with roller derby and/or GRR? I started out as a fan about two years ago. I came to a couple of games until RuBrawl, one of our senior officials, asked me to fill in as an NSO. I reluctantly agreed, and then was instantly hooked. I saw the refs skating and I thought, “I want to do that!”
2112 is the name of an album by Rush. It’s an absurd prog-rock masterpiece. I can’t get enough.
What is your favorite thing about officiating roller derby for GRR? My favorite thing about officiating for this sport is that I get to give back, in a small way, to the sport that I love. What I always tell people who have never been to derby before is that there’s a place for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your gender or sexual preference is, whether you’re old or young, or what your body size is. This sport has a place for you, and you’ll be accepted and valued. I really love this sport and the community involved with it. I’m glad that I get to help make sure things are fair and safe for awesome athletes.
What is your most memorable GRR roller derby experience? The most memorable moment was that first time I got to step into the center of the track and NSO during a game. It was such a shift from simply spectating. Now I feel out of place when I don’t have a whistle or a clipboard in my hand at bouts.
Aside from roller derby, what are you passionate about? Equality, rooting for the underdog, coffee, comic books, good beer, and anything Larry David has a hand in creating.
Dislikes: Whistling, fast food drive thrus, and cigarette smoke.
Guilty pleasures: The nice thing about embracing your nerd persona is that there is no such thing as a “guilty pleasure”.