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Mickey Dismantle

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Q: At what age did you begin participating in Roller Derby?
A: 31

Q: What first made you want to participate in Roller Derby?
A: I had just left an abusive ex-spouse and I was looking for a way to get out of the house.

Q: What other sports did you play growing up?
A: I played fast pitch softball for 25 years, including college softball and recreationally.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced? Early on? Now? As a woman?
A: I faced some issues in college with bullying from the collegiate baseball team at my school. The guys didn't really enjoy having to share a gym with the girls, so there were always some issues. It really put into perspective for me that women aren't really treated the same.

Q: Greatest moment/accomplishment in your sport?
A: Pushing my body to do things I never thought it was capable of doing (i.e. hitting people, passing minimum skills testing, increasing my endurance)

Q: What keeps you going year after year?
A: I have fallen in love with roller derby. It's incredibly empowering!

Q: Future plans within your sport?
A: Continue to work hard and increase my skillset

Q: Future plans outside of the sport, i.e. professional life, personal life?
A: Professionally, I'd like to become a PMP (Project Management Professional)

Q: How far has the sport of Roller Derby come during the timeframe in which you have been involved?
A: Derby is ever evolving! It changes every day, in some small way!

Q: Where would you like to see your sport be in the coming years?
A: I would like to see derby become more mainstream and more widely known instead of having only a cult following.

Q: What lessons have you taken from Roller Derby that has helped you in your professional and personal life away from the track?
A: Roller Derby has helped me to choose my battles more wisely. I am on the Board of Directors, as well as the Events and Fundraising Committee Chair. So, I have had to learn that not all issues need an over reactive response.

Q: What advice do you have for younger athletes coming up in Roller Derby?
A: Be on your skates as often as possible and get comfortable in them!

Q: Greatest female athlete of all time?
A: Lady Trample- she is one of the most dedicated Jammers in our sport. She always has a positive attitude and is constantly pushing herself to increase her skillset.