Roller Derby Personas

Name: Patti Tracy
Derby Name:  Patti LuPuncha (I was named after Patti LuPone)
Age: 38
Occupation: Accountant
"I have two kids and am raising them on my own and it's nice to have something that is just for me."

Single Mother
Personal Focus
Social escape/break

Patti is a single mother of two who found roller derby as a chance to spend time on herself. Her time is usually spent at work providing for her two children and being a mom. She wanted an outlet to meet other woman like herself as well as a way to be her own person. Being able to get away from the PTA or her mom duties for a couple hours each week. She was inspired after a friend at work mentioned the sport to her. She didn't know much and the last time she put on a pair of skates was in middle school. She found a local team and attended tryouts.  She was happily surprised by the welcoming personalities of the other woman. Little did she know what an affect these woman would have on her life. She now has her "Derby Family" and has full faith and trust in them.

Name: Zooey Peterson
Derby Name: Zooey Bash'EmAll
Age: 23
Occupation: Student

Sense of belonging

"I needed something in life. I was bored"

Zooey is a nursing student at KU. She needed something in life. She was bored. She was going to school, working and interning, but she needed something more. Someone mentioned derby and Zooey tried it out. She never looked back. Growing up she never felt a place where she belonged until she joined the Royal Pains where she met a group of women that she was able to feel connected with. Before every bout, she always wears bedazzled panties. And eats a banana for potassium.

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