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“Progression not perfection!”
Skater name: Roller Texas Ranger
Skater number: 709
Year started playing with TXRG: 2013
Other league info: Played with Memphis Roller Derby 2010-2012
Birthday: October 4th
Occupation? Marital status?
I am an elementary school teacher and I coach soccer. I haven’t found the right guy to settle down with yet, but I am enjoying the single life as well!
What is your most impressive derby injury?
I have a torn rotator cuff and labrum, hence the lovely and smelly shoulder brace that I have on my right shoulder. I injured it playing soccer in college and had surgery on it, and then reinjured it playing derby a year or so ago. I took a bad fall and a big ‘ol girl decided to catch her fall on top of me, needless to say I wasn’t pumped.
Does derby not count? I love doing anything outside that is active, except running, I hate running. I also love road trips and long walks on the beach, wink wink. I love doing anything with friends or family as well.
Other sports you have played?
I have played soccer nearly my whole life. I followed a soccer scholarship up to Arkansas State University and played there for 4 years. I am still currently coaching soccer as well. Other than that I played basketball through high school and failed miserably at running track in 8th grade, as I said, I am not a runner!
How did you get into derby?
I was NEVER a skater, like ever. I even remember one time in college having an ‘80’s skate night at the roller skating rink, my outfit rocked, my skating ability did not! I got into derby because a guy I worked with in Memphis was a ref. A couple of my friends and I went to watch him and check it out. My friend told me that I would never be able to make it, let alone get on a team. I had missed being competitive and decided I would prove him wrong. And so I joined, and then I made a team! So I guess you could say stubbornness is a strength of mine as well.
Favorite roller derby player?
Everyone who has the lady balls to put on a pair of skates and try something new! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and anyone who will devote their time to this wonderful sport is my favorite!
Who inspires you?
My former teammate and role model, Midtown MaulHer. She does so much for her league and skates with all her heart. She is definitely someone that anyone can look up to! She is always positive and has always believed in me from the beginning and has encouraged me my whole career.
And of course my lovely parents, they are my biggest fans and cheer me on from the sidelines. They always pick me up with I am down and support me no matter what.
How did you pick your derby name?
I chose Roller Texas Ranger when I had started skating in Memphis. I was born and raised in Austin and wanted to bring home to Memphis. I had thought about a bunch of names and surveyed Facebook for my final choice. People call me “Tex” for short, my name is kinda a long one!
What’s the hardest part of being a rollergirl?
Trying to explain to other people how the sport is played. I love explaining it and love teaching people about the rules and things, but getting over the misconceptions is the tough part. And keeping my pads clean, it’s a vicious cycle of stench!