Published on August 18th, 2011 | by DerbyLife0
Meet Team USA: Claire D. Way
Claire D. Way
Boston Derby Dames
DL: What was your previous athletic background, if any?
CDW: As a child I grew up swimming, bike riding, and skating for recreational fun. In elementary school, I did gymnastics competitively for a few years. During my high school years, I practiced Bikram Yoga regularly. As a teen, my interests were rock n’ roll music and not competing in athletics.
My background has translated into my derby skating and helped me develop my style on the track. Keeping my body limber and flexible aids my skating style and helps prevent injury.
DL: Why did you want to be on Team USA?
CDW: I really wanted the opportunity to skate with some of the amazing skaters I have been playing against for years now. Derby is always growing and evolving and I wanted to be a part of this special first. I am always looking for new ways/new opportunities to develop myself and push my skating further and I thought Team USA would be a great learning experience. It is an incredible step for the sport as a whole. Roller derby breaking into the worldwide scene is revolutionary in the history of women’s sports.
DL: How did you feel when you found out you had made it?
CDW: I felt like it was my American Dream come true! I feel very honored, humbled, and privileged to live in America and have the opportunity to play roller derby for my country. This honor motivates me to work harder.
DL: Which skaters inspire you most, and why?
CDW: From my home league, my early inspiration came from Maura Buse, my “Tiny Twin” who introduced me to the sport. She always inspired me to do better by being someone who set a great example on and off the track. Skating in team practice against Shelby Shattered helped me develop my skating skill set, jammer tool box, critical thinking skills, and always kept me on my toes. Currently, Lil’ Paine, a natural athlete, inspires me with her passion and dedication to the growth of the sport.
Some of my favorite jammers to watch are Joy Collision, Iron Wench, and Suzy Hotrod. They each have their own unique style, making the game exciting and fun to watch for skaters and fans alike. All skaters with raw talent.
DL: Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out?
CDW: Really learn roller skating fundamentals, that will help you so much! If you can be REALLY comfortable on your skates, the derby part will just flow. Believe in yourself. Continuously set small, achievable, and realistic goals for yourself. Be athletic.
To support Team USA, you can make a contribution to their travel fund at Traveler’s Joy.
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