April 2017 - Rachel SCarson, #1962

Rachel SCarson

Playing roller derby requires three chief principles: persistence, perseverance, and tenacity. No one embodies these qualities more than Rachel SCarson #1962, aka SCar, whose derby name pays tribute both to pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson and to the locations (Santa Cruz and Southern California) that have shaped the life of our April Derby Girl of the Month.

Inspired to become a derby girl, SCar joined the league in 2015. She embarked on her first Santa Cruz Derby Girls bootcamp with no skating experience but ready to learn the skills needed to play roller derby. An unfortunate ankle break sidelined SCar for 6 months, but she remained committed to making a stronger comeback, using the time to take her off-skates training to the next level.

Two years and a healed injury later, Scar is a recently drafted member of the 2016 Home Team Champions, the Redwood Rebels. Rebels co-captain and teammate Sharon D. Payne says, "I love seeing the determination and grit of newer skaters like SCar. Her work ethic is inspiring and I'm psyched she's on our team. She can deliver massive hits and that's a mandatory requirement for our Rebel goon squad."

Off the track, SCar plays an important role on the Non-Skating Official committee, providing the critical support needed for bouts as a scorekeeper or penalty box timer. Keep your eyes peeled for SCar as one of our newest Redwood Rebels!

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