#502 Kimchi Kollider

Secret Identity: "Esther Lee-Altman"

What's your day job?

Environmental Engineer

When and how did you get into derby?

I'mma OG! The league was created in April 2011; I joined that following June. I got into derby because a friend of mine had told me about how she went to this information meeting about roller derby and how some folks wanted to start a league in town. I asked her "What is roller derby?". [I know there is more to it than this but] once I was told that you can hit girls on skates, I knew that this was something I would be very interested in. I love skating and I've got an assertive/aggressive personality. After that first practice, I was hooked!

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

A lot but I just love this sport so darn much!

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

Ha! What athletic experience!?! Unless you count playing sports with the neighborhood kids.

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

A lot of the skills (social and physical) can be transferred to your daily life. I'm a better person because of this sport.

What advice would you give to a new skater?

I know this is so hard to do but please do not compare yourself to others! Your roller derby journey is YOUR journey so make the most of it for YOURself and don't worry how you compare to others.

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

I could write an essay, but I'm not going to.

What's on your bout day/practice playlist?

Queens of the Stone Age, Three 6 Mafia, and NIN's The Destroyer

Who's your derby idol and why?

(yells in best Braveheart voice) LACEY KNIGHT!!!!! No, really...that's my war cry whenever I work out. She's my inspiration in getting stronger for derby. My ultimate derby idol is Freight Train, though. I love that she's a bigger jammer yet so agile. She is who I aspire to be.

Favorite post-bout/practice meal?

Chicken wings

Hobbies outside of roller derby?

Raising a three and a half year old

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