Baby Giraffe

Katie Jahangiri
(Baby Giraffe, but you can call me BG)

When I moved to Denton, TX I didn't know anyone. I either lived in the University of North Texas library, or spent the majority of my days in my apartment, trying desperately to avoid awkward invitations to sorority pool parties. I decided it was time to make friends, and more importantly, I needed to get out of the house, so like any millennial girl would do , I took to Google. I found a local league in Denton – North Texas Derby Revolution – and I sent them an email about coming to practice. I remember trying desperately to figure out A) what gear I needed B) what gear even was and C) convincing my parents that I wasn't going to die or get trampled over on my first (second, third, or sometimes still) practice. I showed up on a Saturday to Lone Star Rink in Denton, laced up my skates, and then spent 20 minutes talking myself into actually stepping on the track. I don't know if it was the adrenaline from not being able to stop once I started skating, or the fact that I had instantly made friends with a group of unique, athletic, and brilliant women, but that day I fell in love with Roller Derby, and I haven't looked back since.

I played with the Muertas Locas (NTDR Home Team) as well as the Fighting Unicorns All-Star Travel Team for one season, and then transferred to the Dallas Derby Devils. It wasn't until I got to DDD that I realized I'd found my derby forever home with the Wrecking Crew (Also known as the 2013 DDD Champions). I'm now in my second season with the Crew and our sisterhood and talent continues to grow every time we step on the track together (Champs 2014, here we come!)

Outside of skating, I hold a B.A. in Music from the University of North Texas (no, I can't skate and play the violin at the same time, but man I wish I could). Roller Girl Skates has been my go-to for gear ever since I started playing Roller Derby three years ago, and I'm fortunate to be able to help others pick out the perfect gear that's right for them, and answer derby questions (or just talk about derby, in general), just like they did for me when I first started.

Photo Credit: Kyndra Childress England    

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