February Player Profile: Scout Flinch

Name: Scout Flinch
Number: 1984

Scout is is a quick and agile jammer, who can dish out some mean hits. She also happens to be a 4th year nursing student and counter staff at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo. She is originally from Castlegar, and sadly she is moving away this spring to live near the ocean, learn to surf, and (of course) start searching for an Island league to play with, because she'll never be able to leave derby.

1. What is your preferred (roller derby) position?
I love, love, love jamming.

2. When and why did you get started playing roller derby?
I got involved with derby when Bryndis (Miss Meouch) said that she was thinking about starting a rollerderby league in PG, and asked me if I would like to skate. I had never been on any kind of skate before in my life, but decided to give it a shot. The first couple of times I was out, I couldn't get the hang of the skating motion, and kept trying to walk on wheels.

3. How has the league changed since you joined?
The main change has been in the level of athletism. We are athletes first and foremost now. Trampy athletes.

4. How/why did you choose your derby name?
Scout Flinch is from Scout Finch, the protaganist in To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my all time favorite characters. My number (1984) is from the George Orwell title. I like books

5. What is your favorite aspect of derby?
Going fast.

6. Describe your most memorable derby-moment.
I think it was probably this summer, when we won against Lake City Derby. We worked so freaking hard before that bout, and it felt like every part of our team was tight. Pack skills, coaching, strategy, everything was just dialed in.

7. Do you have any bout-day rituals, habits, or superstitions? If so, what are they?
I'm a basket case of nervousness on bout days.

8. What are practices like?
There have been many times in the past few years that practices have saved my sanity. I've been super busy, and haven't had a ton of time for socializing. I feel like I get to see many of the people I care about at derby, so I don't feel like such a recluse.

9. Name two floor exercises that fresh meat and potential fresh meat can do at home to give them an advantage on the track.
Squats, plank, repeat until you want to die.

10. Do you have a derby wife?
Ginja Fightus, no question.

11. Any advice for girls who want to join roller derby?
Just come check out Fresh Meat. Then, if you're serious, go to public skate and work on your basic skating skills.