Slaughter Melon

Secret Identity: "Lonnie Castellano"

What's your day job?

Physical Therapist Assistant

When and how did you get into derby?

In 2016, my friend Gratia asked if I'd go to the boot camp with her. From then on, I have kept up with this sport.

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

A good two evenings and attempt on the weekends to either skate for fun or go to the practices.

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

I have a strong athletic background that varies from gymnastics to tennis. However, I think anyone can get the hang of derby if they try and stick with it.

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

Be aware of your body. If something doesn't feel right, rest and come back. It is better to listen to your body than to injure oneself.

What advice would you give to a new skater?

Do not take feedback personally. This is how you grow. Always ask questions, we will never turn you down.

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

Being a MGDD is important to me because it shows I stepped out of my comfort zone. I tried something new and I liked it.

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

It is a sport. We work hard like any other sports team. Our team is family friendly and we keep a positive environment.

Hobbies outside of roller derby?

I have several hobbies outside of derby. I play tennis, workout at crossfit AOA, huge foodie, and I love to travel/hike.

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Inspirational quote:
"Though she be but little, she is fierce."
- William Shakespeare