Gold Star Interview: Uppercase
By Natalie Williams
Rose City Rollers wants to give a hearty thank you to Angela ”uppercase Gie” Carr for her numerous years of dedicated service to our league. Uppercase started as an official and moved to coaching, skating, and serving on the Rose City Board of Directors. Both the adult recreational team, the Wreckers, and junior home team, the Undead Avengers, are lucky to call uppercase Gie their coach. Her role has grown with the league as well as her skating skills, recently being drafted by the Breakneck Betties.
How has RCR changed since you began volunteering?
I started volunteering in 2011 as an NSO. Kill Nye, Tally Hussy, and I were the main penalty trackers. It was when we still had minor penalties so penalty tracking was super intense — you had to keep your eyes on the refs to see what penalties they were calling and for what team, mark them on your sheet, and then drop those off at the inside white board. We had hand signals for the jammer refs so they knew how many minor penalties their jammer was sitting on at the begin of each jam and had to help remind pack refs when blockers earned their fourth minor penalty and had to go to the box. No more minor penalties is a big change since then.
Do you remember your first Rose City Rollers bout? Where and when?
Yes, 2010 home team champs at the Expo Center. Wreck Deckard had a breakout jamming performance for High Rollers who won. I *think* it was their first time winning champs.
What has being an RCR volunteer meant to you?
It has meant a lot. I’ve grown as a person and professionally from volunteering with RCR. Having volunteer roles forced me into the RCR community more, which allowed me to meet and get to know many more wonderful people than if I had only skated.
Catch Gie and her team, the Break Neck Betties, bouting against the High Rollers on April 8th. Get your tickets here!