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Afternoon D-Lightning AKA Nooner

307119_10150382259164366_582928825_nWhat is your skate name?         

Afternoon D-Lightning AKA Nooner

What is the significance of your skate name and number?        

"I wish I had a cooler story but, to be honest, I have a thing for lightning bolts and I wanted to draw one on my face. I do like the song though, and I think it sends a great message. My number is the area code from my hometown, the major metropolis of Hartselle, Alabama."

How did you get started playing roller derby?       

I was out at Double Down and came upon a derby wedding, which I didn't really understand but thought it was funny and all the girls seemed cool. Afterwards, I went to freezone where there were girls skating and promoting "Whip It." I knew I had to see the movie and, after I did, I looked up SCRG and did some "life reorganization" so I could completely immerse myself in my beloved new sport.

How long have you been skating?      

January will be one year.

What is your favorite derby position?           

"It's so hard to pick, so how about instead I tell you what I like about each position? I like jamming when I juke past a girl who I think is an amazing blocker and when I get a grand slam. I love blocking when I can successfully hold a great jammer back for a long time or when I land a great hit and send a girl (especially when they're bigger than me) flying. I enjoy being a pivot when my strategy works and when we get off the track and the other skaters look at me like they're impressed with how we came together on the track. "

What is your greatest derby achievement so far?

Making travel team A and all my teammates cheering my name after the announcement ... I still get a bit choked up when I think about it.

What is your favorite part of skating with Sin City Rollergirls?                       

"I can't pick a favorite; I'm too fickle ... Constantly pushing myself, being around such a great group of inspiring women, personally changing and becoming more of who I was meant to be and not being afraid to flaunt it."

Do you have a derby crush? Who is it?         

"Who isn't it!?! Suzy Hotrod, Bonnie Thunders, Luludemon, Smarty Pants ...Every girl on Team USA ..."

What is your day job?     

Snoozefest ... I work in corporate marketing for a large casino company.

Who is the biggest influence in your life?    

My mom and my grandmother (Mama Sue) — they're two very brave, kind and inspiring women.

What is the strangest thing in your purse or wallet right now?

BUST Magazine (It's awesome; you should check it out).

Tell us one thing about yourself that we wouldn't expect...       

"I like purple, all things neon and lightning bolts. No, that's not right. Ever since I was little, I've been able to ignore everything else around me when I watch TV. It usually never bothers me, but it always annoys other people because they'll try to talk to me and I can never hear them."