A little over three years ago, I spent my birthday skating at a local roller rink. That night, a ref and NYSE player, approached me and suggested I tryout for roller derby. I was flattered, but really had no idea what roller derby was. I didn't ever intend on trying out. A couple of days later I went into work and told my co-workers about it. They encouraged me to tryout and I kind of laughed it off. After checking out the Rebels' website, I thought about it a bit more and decided to give it a shot.
A few days passed and I showed up, a nervous wreck, for tryouts. I had done some research, but still didn't know all that much about what I was getting myself into. I decided I would stick with it until I felt uncomfortable. That time never came. Soon after tryouts and an interview, I was accepted into the league.
During each practice, I would see this guy who worked at the rink. We had never met, but I knew him by face. I had also seen him skate and extremely well I might add, at open skate sessions. Months passed before I was formally introduced to him. Even more time passed, well over a year, before we had a conversation. Eventually, we formed a wonderful friendship which turned into dating. This Christmas he became my fiance'.
Roller derby has been a life altering experience for me. It has changed me mentally, physically and spiritually in ways that are immeasurable. It has helped me overcome so many obstacles both on the track and off. I could go on and on about all that I've gained from this sport and in particular from the Long Island Roller Rebels, but above all, the things I cherish the most are the relationships, friendships and family I've formed as a result of joining.
To all of my girls, I love you and to my Roller Papi, my love, I wouldn't want to know life without you in it. Thank you for the best Christmas I could ever have asked for!!