After a hectic July of traveling to Athens, Georgia for Classic Crush and then Las Vegas, Nevada for RollerCon, we've returned with a new Spotlight Member: Krraken! If you've been to our games this season, you've probably seen her blowing through walls like rum through a pirate, scoring not just points, but also multiple MVP awards - all in her very first season!
Tell me how you found roller derby?
I have actually wanted to get into playing roller derby for a while. It's always been in the back of my mind, but I never knew how to get involved/ where to start. Earlier this year I mentioned the idea to one of my co-workers (Banshee) and I happened to google roller derby, and alas Duke City was having a Bootcamp that same weekend. It was super last minute, but we both registered and showed up to the Bootcamp the next day!
You were chosen as MVP in your very first game - how did that feel?
It honestly felt surreal - I was not expecting that outcome at all (especially for being my first bout, just three months after starting skating.) It was encouraging for me to know that these people had seen potential in me. It made me want to train harder and continue developing my skills, to really learn and understand the game and get better at it!
Our announcer loves to shout, "Release the Krraken!" when you jam. Can you hear him? Does it make you laugh?
If you couldn't already tell from the huge cheese-ball smile on my face when I'm jamming, the answer is yes.
I know you're fairly new to the Albuquerque area. What was the biggest challenge or culture shock you've faced?
Moving to New Mexico from New York was a culture shock at first for sure. I don't know if I would call it challenging, just different. I do miss how green NY is, the seasons, and being near water. Also everything is much slower here.
On that note, I'm obligated to ask: Red or Green?
I've grown to appreciate both red and green chile, really depending on what I have it with - and even sometimes "Christmas".