I started Freshmeat mid 2011 and then joined the league and began playing in 2012. I went to my first Pirate City Rollers game in 2009 and was blown away by the speed and aggression, and also found appeal in how unique Roller Derby was and that it was a sport in which females dominated. I was to chicken to join freshmeat at the time so a couple years passed before I joined with my bestie Lady Trample. I always want to improve and be a better player than I currently am, so I am constantly kicking myself for not starting to skate earlier.
2. What is the meaning behind your name and number?
I Major in Anthropology and Minor in Ancient History and I really love Ancient Egypt. It seemed obvious to pick a derby name that was reflective of my interests so I went with TutanKarnage which is a play on Tutankhamun, an Egyptian pharaoh from the eighteenth dynasty (which is why my skater number is 18). Typically I just go by Karnage as it’s less of a mouthful.
3. What is the greatest thing you have taken away from derby to date?
Derby has given me so much, so it would be hard to choose just one thing. Derby has given me some amazing lifelong friends that I otherwise might have never met. It has given me self-confidence and the drive to improve and push myself. It has also taken me overseas to Hawaii and to Australia as well as around New Zealand.
4.What are some of your personal strengths and how have these benefited you in derby?
I like to think that I am a strategic thinker which translates on the track as being able to read opposition game play and then suggesting how to best combat it. I’m also quite an observant person which helps me pick up on habits and body cues of opposition, as well as being able to observe and play on the strengths in my team mates.
5.Roller derby has been considered one of the fastest growing female sports. Where do you see the future of derby?
For New Zealand roller derby I would love to see more, if not all roller derby leagues become WFTDA (Womens Flat Track Derby Association) members, the benefits of becoming WFTDA members are immense including the ability to become internationally ranked. I would also like to see regular international game play for New Zealand leagues. Playing different teams is important for the improvement of strategy, game play and skills, because New Zealand is a small and relatively isolated country, playing international teams does not happen as often as I’d like.
Ideally the biggest goal for roller derby would be to see it performed on a global scale such as at the Olympics. I would love to see international and local derby players be able to go professional and make full time careers out of the sport. Roller Derby is not yet recognised as a sport in New Zealand and it is important to me that the sport that I love gets the respect and recognition it deserves.