TT Skater and Derby Daze Coach Spotlight: Envy Atoms #260

We are so stoked for Derby Daze this coming weekend! One of the coaches, Envy Atoms, made some time to chat with us about roller derby, life, and skating for the Wheels of Justice!

How did you come to discover derby? Did you play sports before derby?

I saw roller derby on tv when I was twelve, but the closest league was forty five minutes away. When I turned 18, I found a league closer to me and started skating the next week. I did martial arts for twelve years, but was never a sporty person.

What is the origin of your derby name?

I stole it from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Envy Adams is my favorite character.

How long have you been skating?

Since 2011

What other teams have you played for, and when did you transfer to RCR?

I started with Monterey Bay Derby Dames, then transferred to Santa Cruz Derby Girls and played for the Boardwalk Bombshells travel team, now I’m here

What made you want to move to Portland and join WOJ?

I saw Wheels play in 2012 and knew I wanted to skate on this team. I didn’t actually think I would ever move to Portland, but when Luna told me she was moving, I told her to take me with her

How long have you been on TT?

Since May-ish 2015

After you transferred, you came up through the ranks really quickly to make WOJ rosters regularly. What do you think contributed to you crossing the threshold to start making rosters? What did you have to do to get there?

I’m really hard on myself, as most people on this team know, and I don’t like being bad at things, so I tend to push myself until I get where I want to be. I knew coming in to this league that it was going to be really hard to get on Wheels, and I was ready to hustle.

You’re known for your aggressive style of blocking, particularly backwards. What do you like most about being a blocker, and specializing in bracing and backwards clears?  

I love blocking because I get to play with my friends on the track. I like skating backwards because my neck is always messed up and it’s easier to see the track when I’m turned around.

What are your goals right now?

My goal for the last six years has been to communicate more on the track, maybe in another six years I’ll actually be good at it

What makes being on WOJ worth it?

WINNING. And also knowing that I’m playing the best derby in the world.

Other than skating, what has derby taught you over the years?

Velcro scratches hurt

What is the best derby advice you have received over the years? And what advice do you have for skaters looking to join their league’s travel team?  

The best advice I’ve gotten is don’t be so hard on yourself (spoiler alert: I have yet to take this advice) I would tell other people to believe in yourself and know that you can do anything you want to do.

Come check out Envy Atoms on the track on August 19th against Rat City All-Stars!

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