The Rose City Rollers Fresh Meat program is home to a competitive group of talented skaters, many who are not-so-fresh to the sport of roller derby. Just last month, Fresh Meat took on the challenge of bouting against the Emerald City All Stars, ranked #98 in the WFTDA, and came away with a win! We wanted to share more about these inspiring skaters who are training hard to earn places on a Rose City home team or even the Wheels of Justice, so today we’re chatting with Voodoo Jinx, one of the current Fresh Meat captains and blocker extraordinaire!
How did you pick your derby name? When I get competitive I say “I’ll put the voodoo on you!” I explained to non-Louisianans it is kind of like a jinx. I became Voodoo Jinx. I’m gonna getcha either way!
How long have you been playing roller derby? 2.5 years.
And how long have you been in the RCR Fresh Meat program? It will be 2 years in July.
Did you play any sports before roller derby? Not really. I did kickboxing, bellydance, salsa, and taught Zumba though.
What is your favorite thing about roller derby? I have never felt so strong or confident in my life! I am also regularly amazed that we do these crazy things on wheels!
What is the most challenging thing about roller derby? Remembering that every derby journey is different and there is no “normal” timeline of skill development.
Do you have a favorite mantra to share? I love the quote on the cover of my team feedback journal, “Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
What’s your favorite thing to do in Portland, other than play roller derby? I could spend the whole day at Powell’s Bookstore (and still want to return the next day).
Any final thoughts or words of wisdom? I never really considered myself tough, athletic, confident, or strong. Roller derby has changed me and I can’t thank the A-Town Roller Girlz enough for introducing me to this amazing sport!
Don’t miss your chance to check out RCR’s up and coming talent in a rare hometown Fresh Meat bout! On Friday, March 10, Fresh Meat will take on Utah’s Moab Roller Derby at 8pm. Get your tickets now!