DeManda Ransom

What is your pre-derby skating or athletic background?
I hadn’t skated since I was a kid and never participated in team sports. I’ve always preferred more solitary activities like swimming and hiking and never considered myself athletic.

How has roller derby changed your life?
In all the ways!  It’s given me the motivation to become stronger and healthier and to push myself even when I’m scared. It allows me to get out of my head and just be in my body, which is a huge break from my everyday. I love being on a team of strong and amazing women who inspire me to be the best version of myself.

What lesson(s) have you learned through roller derby?
I’ve learned that I don’t know how much I’m capable of, but it’s way more than I ever thought. Self doubt can be my greatest enemy and I must be careful to never feed it.

As a team captain, what are some of your goals for the team?
I think the most important goal for any team is to feel like they can count on each other, and in derby, especially, that we can really lean in when we need to. We have to trust each other enough to take the risks we need to push ourselves, because this involves making mistakes and doing a lot of falling. I think we’ve done some amazing work to get here in the short time we’ve been together. We support each other on and off skates, and we are stronger because of it. Ultimately I would love to see our team grow and sustain itself and earn regard as bout worthy opponents.

What quote or motto inspires your leadership?
“Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘can’t,’ but you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘can.’ And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.” -Unknown

Year of Birth MYOB
Joined AFA June 2015
Number of Tattoos 1
Season 2019