Hey there Aimee, Thanks for allowing me to interview you. You are my first interview for the first issue of my new newsletter, “Roller Derby Weekly”. If you’re ready, let’s get started.
(Heather) Let’s start with a few questions, first let’s get your demographics out of the way, could you give me your name, age, where you live, and team you play for.
(Aimee) Aimee Sanderson, 42, Las Vegas, NV
I’m retired now from Sin City Roller Girls but play against them about once a month with the alumni!
(Heather) As a friend I know you from speed skating, how did you get into roller derby?
(Aimee) Speed skating in Vegas hasn’t been around for years, and after a long time off of skates I came across a tryout for SCRG and decided, why not! I love being on my skates!
(Heather) What has roller derby brought to your life in a positive way?
(Aimee) Well as the saying goes, “derby saved my soul”! I wasn’t really lost at the time but after joining this group of amazing women that became family, it made me realize that there was a void in my life that needed to be filled. I couldn’t have been happier than while I was competing alongside these amazing women!
(Heather) Are there any new tournaments you or your team have set your sights on?
(Aimee) Just the monthly scrimmages to help SCRG train! After retiring I and a few other amazing women started a team called the Rebellion! Unfortunately, after 2 years and only a few bouts, we disbanded and decided to just be SCRG alumni!
(Heather) What is something you would like to see change in the game of roller derby that you think would benefit bringing in more skaters?
(Aimee) That’s a tough one! It’s already the fastest growing sport in the world! I guess maybe a few more safety rules to reduce the many injuries in the game!! I know a lot of friends that would love to join derby but can’t afford an injury, but I don’t see that changing any time soon!
(Heather) Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you would like the audience to know about yourself?
(Aimee) I’m a mother of 2 beautifully gifted, hard-working hockey players! I guess you could say skating runs in the family! My daughter Ash has been living away from home since her first year in ice hockey at the age of 13!! Chasing her dream to play D1 College Hockey!! She’s a senior in HS this year and still waiting for an offer to play with the best college team! My son Cody is playing junior hockey for the Fresno Monsters!! Also, wanting to play college hockey!! I work hard for my children to be able to chase their dreams, just like my parents did for me when I was a young inspiring athlete!! I’m grateful for their love!
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for always believing in me!!
Thank you Aimee, and best of luck always.