Getting to know the fierce and fab women of Rock Coast Roller Derby

Roller derby skater profile: Crane Wrecks

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:45am

In this series, we introduce you to the fierce and fab ladies who live, work and play within our Midcoast community. Not everybody has the guts and drive to make it in the sport of roller derby. Welcome to the women who love, live and breathe derby.

Skater Profile: Crane Wrecks

Real name:  Dana Crane

Tell us about your derby name:  It’s a spin-off of my real name, with a destructive flare inspired by big machines and dinosaurs.

Age:  27

Current town and hometown:   Rockport via Brunswick

Occupation: Farmer/bartender/teacher/sailor

How long have you been skating: One year

Why derby?:  It seemed like all cool girls were doing it... and I like the community involvement.

What’s been the most challenging aspect of derby so far? What’s your Achilles’ heel, so to speak?  Maintaining confidence when charging at walls of women bigger and stronger than me, when they’ve already knocked me down a dozen times.

Most fun and rewarding part of derby:  The fantastic players that continue to teach me and inspire me on and off the track. Hanging out with them is reason enough for going to practice. Plus roller skating is a blast, and improving my skills on skates makes the game more and more fun every time I play!

Other sports/hobbies/interests:  The woods, the ocean, cooking and crafting.

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Rock Coast Rollers is a diverse group of women dedicated to advancing and advocating for the sport of roller derby, women, their league and their community. RCR aims to be a skater-owned, nonprofit business under the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, based in Rockland. For more information visit

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