#322 Dirt Fri' Rice

Secret Identity: "Josie Nelson"

What's your day job?


When and how did you get into derby?

Back in 2015 I showed up to my first derby practice but my interest sparked when the movie Whip It came out. After my first practice I fell in love with the sport and after my first bout I fell in love with the community.

How much of your time would you say you dedicate to roller derby (or roller derby related activities) in an average week?

I do Crossfit and weight training outside of derby 3 to 4 days a week for about 2 hours. I run twice a week to keep my endurance up. Practice is 3 days a week, sometimes for 2 or more hours but I try to make it to 2 or 3 practices a week. I also do Tae kwon Do but that is just for fun. Cross training is very important to derby and to stay healthy.

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What kind of athletic experience did you have before getting involved with roller derby?

I used to play soccer, softball, run track and cross country. Skating wise I also played roller hockey.

What's the most meaningful lesson you've learned from roller derby?

Never give up. When you fall, pick yourself up and keep going.

What advice would you give to a new skater?

Hang in there. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it! Ask for help. Your team is there to see and help you succeed.

Why is being a Middle Georgia Derby Demon important to you?

MGDD is my family away from home. When I am down, I know I can count on them to bring my spirits up. They get my corny jokes, help me grow up, and keep me down to earth.

What's one thing you wish everyone understood about this sport?

It's not all about "hot women hitting one another." Roller derby is a contact sport that requires physical and mental strength. Our league is also run by all volunteers who love this sport!

What's on your bout day/practice playlist?

Kings of Leon, Blink 182, TLC

Who's your derby idol and why?

Sarah Chambers, VDiva, and Scald Eagle

Favorite post-bout/practice meal?

Street Thai noodles!!!

Hobbies outside of roller derby?

I like to stay active. Along with my weekly activities, I enjoy hiking and playing different sports. I'm also an artist so I do a lot of painting.

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Inspirational quote:
Be such a beautiful soul that people crave your vibes. 
- Anonymous