The Little City Roller Girls, a local roller derby league, will host a “meat and greet” at their home rink, Bristol Skateway, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6-9 p.m. to recruit new league members.
Meet Samantha Baker:
|1. How long have you been with the team?||Since June 2010.|
|2. Coffee or tea?||Both. Coffee in the a.m., tea at night.|
|3. Favorite kind of soup?||Tomato basil|
|4. What’s your dream vacation?||All things Disney in Orlando, Florida with my husband and our two children.|
|5. Breakfast, lunch or dinner?||Dinner. A nice medium-well steak.|
1. How did you find out about roller derby?
I first met the Little City Roller Girls at their recruitment table during the Blue Plum festival in June of 2010. I went to practice that next day and have been here ever since.
2. What is something you wish you knew about roller derby when you were first starting out?
I wish I would have realized that the higher quality of protective gear is worth it. It really does make a difference and saves your body from wear and tear.
3. Do you play any other sports? If so, which ones do you play/have you played, and how did they prepare you for roller derby?
I've played sports my whole life. From youth basketball, gymnastics, ballet, and volleyball through high school. Though all those things did help prepare my athleticism, nothing could have quite prepared me for the physically demanding aspect of roller derby.
4. What are some of the challenges of roller derby, physical or otherwise?
For me and most others, you use muscles you didn't even know you had. We have had many different kinds of women from athletic backgrounds (basketball, cross fit, mountain biking, taekwondo) who say this is the hardest sport they have ever tried.
5. How would you describe the atmosphere at a game?
Energetic, alive, fun for all ages, competitive and unforgettable.
6. How is roller derby empowering for you?
Roller derby is empowering to me because it allows women from all walks of life to join a community of people who promote the athleticism and health of the average women, to build each other up, work together and achieve your goals as a team. The power of positivity and promotion of good health, exercise and unity is unlike any other.
7. How would you describe the camaraderie of a derby team?
We are family here at LCRG. We work hard together on and off the track to meet our goals and roller derby dreams. Some of the best friends and greatest people I know I've met through roller derby. But anywhere you find Sam Baker, aka PsychoSamatic, you will definitely find Heather Justis aka White Rushin. We met in 2010 and have been best friends, sisters, derby wives (and the two longest standing members and skaters in LCRG history) ever since. In almost 9 years of competitive roller derby together we have been called everything from the dynamic duo, double trouble to lighting and thunder. Its relationships like ours that I thank derby for every day.