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Mickey Dismantle

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At what age did you begin participating in Roller Derby?

31

What first made you want to participate in Roller Derby?

I had just left an abusive ex-spouse and I was looking for a way to get out of the house.

What other sports did you play growing up?

I played fast pitch softball for 25 years, including college softball and recreationally.

What were some of the challenges you faced? Early on? Now? As a woman?

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.

Greatest moment/accomplishment in your sport?

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)

What keeps you going year after year?

I have fallen in love with roller derby. It's incredibly empowering!

Future plans within your sport?

Continue to work hard and increase my skillset

Future plans outside of the sport, i.e. professional life, personal life?

Professionally, I'd like to become a PMP (Project Management Professional)

How far has the sport of Roller Derby come during the timeframe in which you have been involved?

Derby is ever evolving! It changes every day, in some small way!

Where would you like to see your sport be in the coming years?

I would like to see derby become more mainstream and more widely known instead of having only a cult following.

What lessons have you taken from Roller Derby that has helped you in your professional and personal life away from the track?

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.

What advice do you have for younger athletes coming up in Roller Derby?

Be on your skates as often as possible and get comfortable in them!

Greatest female athlete of all time?

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.