Hometown: Macon, GA
What is the significance of your derby name?
I’m a nerd and my favorite comic book character is an X-men character named Jean Grey who goes by Phoenix.
League responsibility: To be a productive and supportive league member. I’m on the training committee and fundraising committee.
What do you do when you’re not skating?
Mostly work! And spend all the time I can with my awesome husband.
What made you decide to join roller derby?
I love skating! I was a competitive artistic skater growing up. I had to give that up for college, but I always missed skating. Originally I joined derby as a coach in my hometown, but it was just so much fun and the women I skated with were so amazing, I knew I wanted to be part of a team. Skating had always been an individual sport for me, but the amazing support you get from your teammates and the bond you form with them keeps you coming back.
What keeps you motivated to keep skating?
The fun! Roller derby is so much fun. That gets you in the door. Then your teammates keep you going when you feel like your legs can’t take anymore.
Who is your derby crush/hero?
My derby wives back in GA, Nellie Shovett and Idle Vice. They are awesome derby skaters and are always there to push me, support me, and carry me if necessary.
What is the best advice you would give to someone who wants to join derby or what was the best advice given to you?
Don’t get frustrated if you can’t master something right away or if someone is progressing faster than you are. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and all go into making a team. Just keep pushing. There is always room for improvement as long as you are willing to listen to your coaches and teammates with open ears and an open mind.