Slamyou L. Jackson
What do you do with FSRD: Skater - Swing
Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas
When did you start skating: 08/01/13
What do you do in the real world? I'm a teacher!
Tell us more about your decision to join roller derby: A friend of mine was the bench coach for the team in my hometown in Arkansas. I decided to try it out one night and never looked back!
What's your favorite derby memory? That would be a tie between accidentally taking out a chick who was standing up in the Penalty Box during my very first jam of my very first game and when I accidentally hugged a ref because I was rushing to get out onto the track in time. I also love derby road trips and all the shenanigans that go with that. Also, I was behind Scald Eagle in line for food at RollerCon and had a fangirl moment.
What is your secret talent? Two works: afterparty. Karaoke
Notable injuries: Not derby related, but I had bone cancer when I was 18 and as a result only have of my fibula in my right leg. I also have nerve damage in my right leg and ankle, so they are nowhere near as strong or stable as my other leg. I manage very well, but sometimes there are things I physically cannot do in drills or practice. It has never really been an issue. However, my doctor already told me that I will probably have a knee replacement by the time I'm 40, so if I ever land hard on my knee, then I have to take it especially easy.
Likes: Star Wars, nerdy things, horses, beer
Dislikes: the M word
The Patronus Charm is an ancient and mysterious charm that conjures a magical guardian, a projection of all your most positive feelings; a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity. What's your derby Patronus and why?
Probably the ugly duckling. Because I feel like most people who play derby are kind of out-there, eccentric people who stand out from the crowd for one reason or another. Then they find other weirdos and don't feel as awkward