1. Real name: Kate Chandler
- Tell us about your derby name:
I was a metal worker before I had kids. I love iron and the rusting process. I came upon the word oxidizer from this, but I also really enjoy the other definition. And oxidizing agent causes the combustion of other materials. My number Fe2O3 is the formula for Iron Oxide aka rust. I even have my own chemical hazard symbol.
- to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with oxygen, as in formation of an oxide
- to form or cause to form a layer of metal oxide, as in rusting
- Age: 34
- Current town and hometown:
Warren and I would rather not admit that I am original a Masshole.
Artist and Mom
- 6. How long have you been skating:
Since the league began! Almost 3 years now.
- 7. Why derby:
Derby fulfills so many things for me right now. I love skating. I love playing the game. I love working at it and getting better and thinking about strategy. I love watching my teammates get better. I love watching the fresh meat learn the game and become rookies and then vets and then it is like they were here all along. This is an amazing group of women who work so hard to make this league successful on all levels. Skill in the game, a professionally run business, excellent community members. I am part of the community development committee and I love having an army to help other people in our community out.
And we just have fun together.
- What’s been the most challenging aspect of derby so far? What’s your achilles heel, so to speak:
I never skated much before this so it was a steep learning curve for me. I just wish my feet would always do what I want them to.
It is also very hard to balance a commitment to derby with family life. I want to be able to put so much more time into derby, but I want to be with family too.
- Most fun and rewarding part of derby:
I have to say the bouts are the best. Game day when we get to go out on the track and put everything we have worked so hard for together and just play. It is so exhilarating and so much fun.
- Other sports/hobbies/interests:
I love to travel, sail, hike, eat, do any form of art, be with my kids…