#2311 J-Rocka

#2311 J-Rocka

#2311 J-Rocka

When did you join Cajun Rollergirls?
I joined CRG after their boot camp in July 2011 but, unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right and I quit after three months. I came back in March 2013, and I can’t believe I ever stopped.

What is your day job?
During the day, I work for Bollinger Shipyard. I’m in shipping and receiving. I love my job.

How did you get involved with roller derby?
I went watch a home game to support a friend of a friend who was on the team. Knew nothing about it, but instantly fell in love.

Please explain the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number.
My derby name doesn’t really have a story behind it. A close friend and I had names for each other, that’s what she called me. When I joined derby it just stuck. My number (23:11)  is military time for 11:11, supposedly a lucky time.

What is your favorite (derby) position?
I do like to block, but I also like jamming.

What is your skate gear of choice?
All my pads are 187’s. My skates are Riedell Minx.

Do you have any pre-bout rituals?
I haven’t been playing long enough to have any set rituals yet.

Do you have a motivational quote?
I know this quote mostly applies to softball, but the concept could fit anywhere – “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

What goes through your brain as you lace up your skates?
Nervousness and excitement all at once.

Do you have a signature move?
Not yet, but I’m sure I’ll acquire one in time.

How would you describe your derby playing style?

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background?
I’ve skated on blades as a kid, but never put on quads until my first practice.

Did you play roller derby prior to joining CRG?
I have not.

Did your background make you a natural fit in assisting with your training?
I’ve played softball since I was young and I have a natural athletic ability, so I would say that gave me a little of an edge when I started.

What are some of your greatest roller derby accomplishments on the track?
My best accomplishment was making my 27 laps on my first try.

Off the track?
Being an overall good person.

How has your involvement in roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
Since I’ve joined roller derby, I have been overall a happier person. You always have friends and family by your side if you need anything. These girls stick by one another. I feel healthier and have more energy.

How do you find a balance between your derby life and your “real” life?
You definitely have to make sure you make time for things outside of derby, as impossible as it may seem.

Where would you like to see roller derby in another 10 years?
Continuing to grow of course!

Any advice for girls who want to join roller derby?
Do it! Never a dull moment. You’ll enjoy the sport as well as your teammates.

Anyone you’d like to take the opportunity to thank?
I’d like to thank CRG for welcoming me and helping me to become a better skater.

Do you have a special message to your fans?
Thank you for the support!

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