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Splatniss Everdeen

Splatniss Everdeen #74

Tell us about your derby name and number? 
Have you read or seen The Hunger Games? I love Katniss because she’s a realistic female hero. She fell into a political situation and took the lead despite much reluctance and fear. That's the epitome of bravery: doing something you don’t have to do despite your fears. That's what I'm doing with the Crush.

How long have you been skating?
I’ve been with the Crush as a recreational skater since August 2015. Maybe I'll be in a competitive Crush team someday.

What do you do for a living?
I studied public relations and work in PR/marketing communications.

What do you like to do outside of roller derby?
I do a little of everything—or at least I want to! I spend lots of time with my toddler, trying to teach her everything I can. I also attend regular PR/marketing/social media webinars and seminars; do some crafting (I like to make useful things and to make existing useful things pretty); organic gardening; take occasional classes in things like upcycled clothing, naturally refinishing furniture, and yoga; I'm a member of the Jewish Environmental Initiative; I've taken a hiatus from musical theater, but I'll do that again at some point; and I want to learn cake decorating, a martial art, guitar, Spanish…

Tell us something about yourself we don't know.
I minored in French.

Have you had any derby injuries?
Ummm, yes. I started out as a shaky skater—only a step above wallhugger. Day one of my Date the Crush period I bruised my tailbone, and day two I broke my wrist. No joke. If you are a new skater, buy padded shorts and DON’T throw out your hands to catch yourself if you fall!

What is your favorite thing about roller derby?
My favorite part of roller derby with the Crush is the league's willingness to pick up a girl and teach her to skate. Though I also love that one can get hurt, get back up and start again, and you only get encouragement from your teammates. No one ever says you should stop trying just because you get hurt.

Against her, the odds are never in your favor!