Meet one of our newest Sirens and June’s featured skater – Cherry Bomb! Come cheer her on as she plays her first bout as a Siren this Saturday at the War Memorial!
What is the story behind creating your derby name and number?
Cherry rhymes with Carrie and I have red hair. So, “Cherry Bomb”. And #25 was my son’s number for football. He told me to go for it, “Balls to the Wall”!
Do you have a Cherry Bomb theme song?
I like to skate to “Bodies” by Disturbed or anything by Rob Zombie.
What drew you to roller derby?
I thought it would be a cool way to get an exercise work out. It is! But, if you want to play with the team you need to exercise, workout, and strength train.
Tell us something surprising that no one would guess about you.
I turned 40 the day after my first fresh meat scrimmage.
Who are your derby heroes?
Snot Rocket Science from Steel City and Missile America.
What is your weakness?
Candy, sugar especially. Lemonheads and Sour Patch Kids.
What is your strength?
I don’t sweat the small stuff. I live with rose colored glasses on. My friends always say, “In Carrie’s world it’s rainbows and unicorns”.
“Well behaved women seldom make history.”
What do you do when you are not playing derby?
I am a nurse at Pain and Neurology with the Specialty Clinic. I am the wife of a wonderful man named Chris and we are always busy going somewhere. We like to take mini, one day vacations on his motorcycle. I am the very proud mother of three- Daniel who has been in the Navy for five and a half years, Erica who just graduated from Conemaugh Township and Josie who is going to ninth grade and keeps us busy with her softball and soccer.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of trying roller derby?
Come on out and give it a try, even if you’re over 40 and can’t skate. They will teach you everything you need to know and you can go at your own pace. You will also make a whole new derby family.
Now that you’re officially a Siren, what is your biggest goal of the upcoming season?
To keep improving with every practice, clinic and bout. To be more of an athlete. It was not easy to get on the roster. It took lots of hard work, practice, clinics with the team and on my own and I plan on staying on this roster for a very long time…
I want to thank my family and friends for the support and understanding. I also want to thank my teammates who weekly make me feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. And my coaches Brad and Johnny who have pushed me to the point of puking more than once. Without all of you, I would be sitting on the side line wishing I was out there.