I don’t think you’re ready….FOR SLASHYA FIERCE!
You are one, very dedicated woman! You started out with NHRD and had to put your skating career on hold due to an injury. Yet, you were always at fundraisers and participated in other ways with the league. What was the injury and how did it happen? What kept your enthusiasm for derby up and kept you involved?
Well when I first joined derby I wasn’t the most coordinated of people I must admit, but I did injury myself by tearing my meniscus on my left knee. Luckily I didn’t injure it to the point of surgery but I had to go through a couple of months without skating and sport a stylish knee brace. It was kind of hard at first because just starting out in derby I wanted to make sure I didn’t fall behind In the basics of skating because I was so new. What kept me going with derby during that time was the amazing support and love from my league mates, i think without their words of encouragement and positive vibes probably would of just thrown in the towel right then and there. Even when I went back on skates I immediately had to get thrown into assessment and though it was hard everyone was cheering me on and it gave me the strength to push through and pass my assessments
What was it like to come back after your injury?
When i came back from my injury i was super nervous and scared, any knee fall or hit I took i was super nervous that if i fell the wrong way it would injury it. One of my league mates Freak N Sweet told me it was mind over matter and i need to tell myself I’ll be okay and when I finally got over the fact that…yeah I just got out of the injury and yeah it’s going to hurt, it finally clicked and I got over it mentally and ventured on to pursuing my career in derby.
You’re into the whole “film production” thing. Tell us a little bit about that. What would be your ideal film gig?
Well I went to school for television production and with watching my friends in film courses and such, I decided to dabble on with editing and video production. I fell in love with it completely; I even made a video of a garden gnome falling in love with a virgin Mary statue to the song “This Close to Me”, by The Cure. I just love the idea of being able to tell a story through visual elements. Even kind of making the outcome how I want it to be, I guess it’s kind of a god-complex hahaha. My ideal film gig would be not necessary film but more like documentary type genres going around the world and seeing other peoples life stories…that would be pretty awesome (AGREE!)
Since becoming a member of the Seabrook Meltdowns, what is the skill you feel you have most improved on?
Since becoming a Meltdown I feel like my perception of the game and focus has improved since I started. At first I was super nervous to be on the track, but now that me and my team mates have bonded it’s like I can tell what we are doing and in turn it makes me focus more on what’s going on and not worrying if I look like a complete mess out there. It’s also nice to have great captains and a coach that can give you an outside perception on what you’re doing, its like your eyes out of the track, and if you go out of sync, they can instantly snap you back into it again.
Ms. Fierce, you are quite the wrestling fanatic. Where did that come from and what should we know about the sport so we can drop tidbits of information at our next dinner party?
YES!! I have been a wrestling fanatic since I was 5 years old. It laid dormant for some time until I met my boyfriend/ derby widower and he and I just started back up on it. It’s pure entertainment. Yeah it is fake and played out, but they are still athletes and they train and get really injured and its a pretty tough business to be in emotionally and physically. I mostly am into the old school wrestling luchadors; I’m a big sucker for wrestling documentaries, especially ones with my favorite wrestler, the ULTIMATE WARRIOR! but I never decline a documentary about Dusty Rhodes or Ric Flair :)