Our Featured Skater for the month of April is
Singh Machine of the Kansas City Roller Warriors!
Name: Singh Machine
Team: Victory Vixens
Position: Blocker, Pivot, Jammer
Seasons with KCRW: 5
How did you discover roller derby in Kansas City, and what made you decide to join?
“My then-boyfriend, now fiancee, saw an ad in The Pitch for a roller derby game. After watching the game and seeing all those strong women, I wanted to sign up. I couldn’t stand on skates when I started — somehow I got past that hurdle (which seems to be a miracle).”
Roller derby changes every life it touches. How has it changed yours?
“As a mostly introverted person, it has made feel more comfortable in a bigger group setting. I’ve gotten to more confident and sure of myself off the track. I’ve made strong friendships in the league. Without roller derby, I do not think I would have the types of friends I have today.”
Who inspires you on the track?
“In a way, it’s like a romance in the sense that it’s not all illustrated on Valentine’s Day — it’s not one person who inspires me. New people that are giving it their all, coaches/refs that are watching and giving feedback, current skaters that make a skill look easy or seamless.”
What sets you apart in KCRW?
“My immediate thought is that I’m Indian. I did not play sports as a kid, I am basically an indoor cat. Everything I have learned thus far, I had to learn by rote. I try to help KCRW where I am able. I have coached Junior Warriors and WiT, helped with social media, and I’ve been co-captain and captain.”
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