Derby Name: Educutter
Derby #: 18
Position: Blocker and apprehensive Jammer
Derby date of birth: January 2014
Athletic background: I started out cheerleading on an American competitive team in England (I also trained as a gymnast). We were British Champions three years in a row . . . despite the fact that the entire team consisted of all American military brats. Later, I played on varsity high school teams for both volleyball and softball. I am a newly certified advanced open water diver.
Likes and Interests: I love to travel. Some of my best moment in life have been from meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and devouring delicious food. I also appreciate chai tea, spontaneity, warm weather bike rides, good books, gardening, mopeds, taking on new culinary endeavors, music in many forms, old buildings, Havarti cheese, flip-flops, DIY furniture projects, and that “ah-ha” moment when my students make connections in the classroom. My new goal is to build my own teardrop trailer, so excited to start this project!
Dislikes: cold weather and cold people, that ugly squiggly white thing in eggs as well as random crumbs left in butter, judgments without consideration, waking up at 3 o’clock in the morning for absolutely no reason, and reality television.
Why derby: Although I have never favored in-your-face competitive sports, there’s something brilliant and satisfying about the organized chaos and aggression that Derby offers. There is a new sense of self-discovery, comradery, trust and being trusted, mental and physical endurance, and perseverance on many new levels. Derby is the first organized sport I’ve been involved in since 2001 . . . my body is rusty and feels the hurt of every practice . . . but it is a good hurt.
Derby goals: Become more aware on the track and have more intuition of what to do in various scenarios. Build my strength to be faster at sprinting