It was love at first bout for Amy “F.N. Fed” Hanson. After learning about Derby Lite at a Windy City Roller bout in 2009, she knew she had to join. She started with DL’s beginner class in 2010 and moved up the ranks fast. Now she not only teaches DL classes, but skates with Windy City Rollers’ brand new C travel team, the Third Coast. She attributes her success to Derby Lite for giving her the skills, endurance and confidence to tackle the skating big leagues.
Do you remember what your first practice was like?
I hadn’t skated in years. I was like Bambi on ice, but I loved practicing the falls. It didn’t hurt. It was super fun. I remember giggling most of the night. I fell in love with Derby Lite at my first class and knew I’d do it for the rest of my life.
How has DL impacted your life?
I’ve made some of my best friends. I’ve never been a person to have lots of girlfriends but I do now and I love it. I can rely on them for anything, and they know they can do the same with me.
I also finally found an exercise activity that makes me forget that I’m exercising. I love it! Exercising the amount that I do every week significantly reduces the stress from my job. I’m a much happier person at the office, just ask my coworkers.
Why did you decide to become a Certified Instructor?
It seemed like the logical next step. I felt confident to share my knowledge and skills with others. I wanted to get as many people as excited about Derby Lite as I was when I started.
What is the move you are still trying to master?
Plow stops. They are my nemesis. Grrr.
How did you pick your name?
I had a previous name (Amygeddon), but it never seemed to feel quite right. I work for the Federal Aviation Administration, and due to my job responsibilities, I represent the agency to the public at certain types of airport project events. Let’s just say I’ve been called a few names, and this one stuck.
What do you say to someone who is apprehensive about getting involved?
Derby Lite is the most fun you’ll ever have exercising. You’ll meet amazing women, build self-esteem (I never dreamed that I’d be comfortable in fishnets and hot pants), and get stronger and faster without even realizing you’re doing it.
Live to skate or skate to live?
Skate to live. No question.