Chaya Derby Pro Team
Name: Annie Swanson
Country: United States
Current Location: Saint Louis, MO
Loving to skate since: 2012
Riding for Chaya/PS since: 2017
Current Skate Setup (boot, plate, wheels, bearings): Chaya Onyx Customs, Shiva plates, Wicked bearings, and wheels for roller derby that are 90a or softer
Why do you love to skate? Being on 8 wheels and chasing down points is when I feel like my true self!
What keeps you pushing forward in skating? My teammates!
What was your greatest success? Arch Rival getting to play in the third-place game at the 2019 WFTDA champs
What is your favorite competition? I love the Big O! Great derby in a beautiful location (Oregon)
What is your favorite move/trick? Juking!
What advice would you like to give? Practicing confidence is one of the best things you can do for your game. If you’re confident, you can celebrate your successes and acknowledge your failure without losing focus.
Any hobbies outside of skating? Collecting sneakers, working out, and making classic cocktails at home!
What is your favorite moment in skating? ARCH traveling to and competing at WFTDA Playoffs in 2018 in A Coruña, Spain. It was a beautiful experience and a great competition for us.
Tell us about your personal philosophy, phrase, ethic, and/or value as a skater! Yes, you can write a book…? There are so many nuances to the game that I could go into, but ultimately it comes down to putting in the work physically and developing a killer instinct. Please send also some portrait and action pictures of you – 3-4 pictures would be nice! These are attached - I gave you some options that hopefully work. If it matters, the black and white action shot is my favorite. I’m sending several headshots because I couldn’t decide which one was best.