September 2016 Skater Of The Month - AlliKat Scratch

 AlliKat Scratch

Team(s): Cigar City Mafia and Tantrums

Number: 9

How did you choose your derby name? It is a combination of my real name which is Allison Kathleen so I used the beginning of my first and middle name.

When did you start playing roller derby? I went through the QK program in 2010.

Tell us about your rookie year, how you found roller derby and how you learned how to play? At work I had a girl transfer to my store who invited me to watch her play. I was hooked on the spot but never roller skated. I went to two open skates before my QK class began.

Do you have a spirit animal? My spirit animal is a jaguar.

Worst derby injury? I have had 3 concussions but my worst injuries were spraining my wrists because that hurts me at derby and at work.

What have been your favorite skate brands/products? I am currently obsessed with the Martini Juice wheels.

What did you think about as you laced up your skates? I always try to run through what I'm about to focus on. Communication is key and staying calm and controlled.

Do you have a favorite motivational quote?  Of course... FAST SMART FEARLESS!

Do you have a pre-derby/sports background? I played sports like soccer and swimming but in high school I did marching band and color guard.

What are some of your greatest on-the-track accomplishments? My favorite moment was a Tantrums game against Detroit a few years ago. At the time I thought I was regressing in skills and that game proved that I had actually improved and things clicked. I even cried after the game in Rojos arms!

Off-the-track derby accomplishments? I am a business owner in my favorite profession.

Who are your derby heroes? My derby heroes are all of my teammates and league mates who have helped make our league exactly what we want it to be. We are a loving family!

What is your day job? Has it contributed to your roller derby experience? If so, how? I own a pet grooming salon!

Has roller derby affected the way you live your outside life? Yes absolutely! I am a much more confident woman!

Tell us about your favorite derby moments: One of my favorite moments was getting MVP blocker in a Tantrums game against Jacksonville.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about joining roller derby? DO IT! This sport has made the biggest impact in my life and I'll never give it up!