WTR's Featured Skater
Skater name and number?
Morrigan McTerror 317
Inspiration behind your name and number?
Well seeing as I'm very into my Irish heritage I wanted an Irish name. Morrigan is the Celtic goddess of war, and a friend suggested McTerror and I liked how it sounded. My number is the date of St. Patrick's Day
What got you interested in playing roller derby?
A friend introduced me to derby. I always enjoyed skating as a kid, and the contact sounded fun seeing as I spent most of my time in the pit at punk rock shows.
Any pre-derby skating background?
As mentioned above, I roller skated as a kid all the time, but I don't have a competitive skating background.
How long have you been playing? If longer than a year, what is the most important thing you learned your first year?
This is my ninth season playing, I had a 2 year break early on so it's my seventh consecutive season. My first season was in 2006, when flat track roller derby was still pretty new, so just getting to know the game and the rules (what few here were lol) was the most important thing I learned.
Home team? Travel team? Both?
Both. I'm on the Hit Bosses and the Grapes of Wrath
Pre/post bout ritual?
I've never had a pre/post bout ritual
My signature move would be as the last line of defense at the front of the pack. I like shooting to the outside to catch the opposing jammer and knock them out of bounds.
I definitely have a bulldozer type style. I'm come in hot and hit hard and blow through the opposing blockers. I'm sometimes referred to as a “Blammer”
Greatest accomplishment so far?
Greatest accomplishment would be the first time I got MVP Blocker after years of only jamming and feeling like I wasn't a successful blocker. It showed me that I was growing as a player.
To get better at juking, and landing apex jumps
My heroes are those skaters that started roller derby as we know it today, I can't imagine what my life would be like without this sport.
Interests outside of derby? Day job?
Outside of derby I like going to concerts/shows, reading, traveling with my family. I do inventory control for a construction supply company and I do taxes.
Has derby influenced your life in any way off the track?
Derby has definitely influenced my life off the track. I've made some really great friends over the years, many who I probably would never have crossed paths with of it wasn't for derby.
What would you tell someone about our sport that is interested in getting involved?
I would tell someone that roller derby is a great sport, you will probably make some unexpected friends, and it's a huge time commitment, so be prepared and prepare those around you for how much a part of your life it will become. I would also tell them you will either completely fall in love with it or hate it, there really isn't a middle ground.
Most rewarding/difficult aspect of derby?
The most difficult aspect for me trying to keep up with the evolving skills needed to be a good player. At the same time mastering any of these skills is a reward.
I broke and dislocated my pinky in 2014
What motivates you?
Knowing that I found a sport that I am actually good at and that I'm still able to play after all these years is motivation enough for me to keep playing
Most rewarding part of being a Wine Town Roller?
The friendships I have made and being part of a league of skaters that are so supportive of each other and the derby community as a whole.
And our fans want to know, wine or beer?
Wine, no question!!
*Photos courtsey of Nhia Vang Foto and Chuck Gay Photography*