Meet Bay State Brawler of the Month for June: Gnar Wall!!!
Tell us about your name and number?
Last month’s Brawler of the Month, Maulie Walnuts, helped me come up with my name (ain’t she a gem?!). I knew I wanted something punny, I love animals, and I liked how Gnar Wall dovetailed nicely with a few other teammates’ ocean themed names (e.g. Blu Wail, Sting Rage, etc). I picked 22 because it was my role call number in high school Chinese class. Also now I can have Tswift as my theme song (unintended bonus!).
What do you love most about roller derby?
I love that I’m an athlete now. I have something to motivate me to be the best that I can possibly be.
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to try roller derby?
Start practicing your squats
How has roller derby changed you as a person?
I have never felt so healthy, strong, and generally badass. I’m not only referring to feeling healthy in my body (although the compliments on my improved physique are nice), but also my mind: derby gives me set times in my busy week that are for me to improve myself. It’s amazing to have permission to forget about work and other obligations and just focus on something you love.
What is a roller derby goal that you currently have?
Get cleared to scrimmage and eventually play! Haha! I’ve been learning to skate for over a year and I love how patient everyone has been with my extended learning process. Everyone learns at their own pace, and even though I’m taking a bit longer than some, I make up for it with enthusiasm.