Before she takes the track with the M80s next weekend, let’s get to know this week’s Fleur-de-ME, Jenforcer! Jenforcer is not only a talented blocker, she is also an incredibly kind human being. Jenforcer is also Head of Sponsorship (shameless plug- we are still accepting sponsors for the 2016-2017 season). Read on to learn more about Jenforcer’s derby story.
Q: What’s your favorite memory about starting at Arch Rival?
Jenforcer: One of my favorite memories about Arch Rival was the first time I finished the 27/5. I had been skating for about a month and I kept falling short by 1 lap. It was a Thursday, I was at work and nervous all day. All the way to practice I cranked up rap music, trying to build myself up and telling myself out loud, “I WILL do this tonight!” I was super nervous. Finally it came time, I got on the line in starting position taking deep breaths. Suddenly two other seasoned skaters got on with me and said, “We’re going to help you, you GOT THIS!” They skated behind me and helped me keep pace, yelling encouragement the entire time. It touched me so much, I felt this overwhelming sense of confidence and belonging. I not only hit the goal but I got 28 laps!
Q: Do you remember a moment when you felt you really belonged?
Jenforcer: I felt like I belonged when I was drafted onto my team the M80s. I officially belonged to a team after many months of hard work. I couldn’t have been happier at that moment.
Q: What makes this league so special?
Jenforcer: The thing that makes this league so special are the people, hands down! Everyone contributes to make this league awesome, but we are incredibly lucky to have some of the best skaters in the world (men and women). They skate alongside newbies, they coach and mentor everyone, and push our league to be better and better.
Q: What do you wish the public of St. Louis knew about ARCH?
Jenforcer: Something I would like the public to know about Arch Rival Roller Derby is that it’s 100% real. It is not your mom’s derby from TV that was choreographed and fake. Our games are real, our hits are real and our sweat is real. We spend an average of 4-8 hours a week practicing this game and many more hours in the gym training. None of us are paid to skate. We are mothers, students, teachers, scientists, lawyers, wives, and more! We are a melting pot of all shapes, sizes, and life experiences coming together to play roller derby and it’s so awesome!
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