Ophelia Melons, #88
Derby Liberation Front
Joined in 2012
Transferred from Emerald City Rollergirls
Favorite Position: Anywhere on the track and not in the penalty box! Put me in, Coach!
Likes: Demoralizing opposing jammers. Jumping the apex. Evading swooping hits. Skating backwards. Showcasing my swagger. Humbly appreciating when I’ve been laid out. High fives. Celebratory eggs benedict.
Dislikes: Negativity. People who take themselves too seriously. When the other team wins. Women who dress the part of “roller girl”. Being told I’m too intense or hit too hard.
Injuries: An occasional bruised ego . Reoccurring ankle, knee, hip flexor and shoulder issues … basically a hundred small things that add up to being in pain until I strap on my skates.
Motto: “If it’s funny enough, I’ll do it.” -Elizabeth Baumwirt
Favorite Music: Favorite Pandora stations: “Really Bad 90′s Jamz,” “Whitest Boy Alive and Yukon Blonde” and “Chronic 2001″. Random!
Favorite Drink: Root Beer Floats!
Awards: Being awesome. No, seriously, I have a trophy and everything!
Bio: One of the first nicknames I ever got from my family was ‘roller derby queen.’ I had no idea what it meant and thought it sounded girly and lame. I forgot about that for the next 20 years. Kids, listen to your parents, they know what they’re talking about!
After having played competitive soccer my entire life, and using up all my college sports eligibility, I sought out a new sport to focus on, and luckily derby found me. I went to a Los Angeles Derby Dolls game in February 2008 and was approached by their head referee, Hannah Grenade. She looked me up and down, and said “You’re going to want to skate, but, show up on Monday at 7:30, and we’ll get you started as a ref.”
And then my life changed.
Refereeing and officiating gave me the opportunity to learn the complex rules of the game, train like a skater, and more importantly, immerse myself in the culture of roller derby. After two years, I transferred to the Emerald City Rollergirls of Eugene, Oregon and was welcomed as a full time skater. There, I was able to focus on training hard, and skating harder, and enjoyed three seasons with the ECRG.
Looking to play on the national level and make my derby dreams come true, I transferred to the Rat City Rollergirls in July 2012. With immediate placement in the All Star Program and having been quickly drafted to the Derby Liberation Front, you’d better believe I made the right decision!