Who is Melody Kool?

I have had a few people ask me about how I got my derby name.  It was actually my husband who made the suggestion.

I have known all my life that I was adopted and that my first name had been Melody.   Since I was 2 When I was adopted, my parents were asked to pick out their own name for me and so I was renamed Gina after my dads Italian heritage.   Since I never had any nicknames (that can be mentioned here) it was a cool name for starters.  And one I should recognize when hearing it.

The next part was taken from a song by Prince, Melody Cool, my absolute favorite artist of all time.   I purposely changed the spelling so as not to infringe on any copyrights.  The song is not one of his big hits but is a good one. I use music notes as my symbol to go with my derby name, although I’m not sure people get it.

I find it very interesting how and why derby names are chosen. It can say so much about the person. I have personally had to overcome myself to evolve into this alternate persona and it has been a blast creating her! So as you newbies consider you derby persona think about it and choose what is your alter ego and have Fun!!! See you on the derby track!!


Derby Grandmother

Our first grandchild was born on April 14 2011, Katelynn Nicole.  I heard many grandparents rave about their grand kids and how different it was from being a parent but I was completely unprepared for this.  Words just cannot express the feelings and joy and pride I have.

It is amazing to watch another generation from you come into this world and see them grow and become little people.  Every time we babysit we come away in what we call baby daze.  Nothing else matters.  Of course she is the smartest most perfect child ever born.  The best thing is how much patience I have with her.  Not to mention seeing those little things in her that are you. You know like when she throws herself on the floor for a tantrum and your mother reminds you how you used to do that. Ha, me, not me!! Well um maybe; it is cute when she does it though. 🙂

Obviously she is also my motivation to continue my derby experience to help me be able to keep up with her.  And I cannot wait to teach her to skate.  She will love it as anything that makes her go is her favorite thing to do!

It is also incredibly awesome to watch your children become parents. My daughter has become great woman and now a mother and I watch in awe as she moves along with her life and her precious family.

As Thanksgiving fast approaches I have so very much to be thankful for.  My family is my support and my husband my rock.  Spending the time with my family is the best gift in the world and we come together in love regardless of what is going on in life.  I remind myself daily to be thankful for all that I have and all that is to come.

As our children grow up and we grow older and our parents older still, I am humbled by how short a time we have to be with them, make the most of every single minute!


Roller derby over 50

Melody Kool was born on September of 2010 when I got brave enough to go to my first roller derby training.  I discovered this sport about a year before when I went to watch a friend play.  I grew up roller skating and loved it.  Little did I know that it could be a sport that I could learn.  Mind you I was terrible at everything except swimming and even then was to timid to compete.

I wa alreedy 49 when I became a part of the sport and I have to work very hard to keep up with the 20 to 30 year old players.  I am determined to get as good as I can even if I can’t make a public competing team. I’m still trying and am going to my first bootcamp in

Regardless of how things go I plan to skate right into the next life. I had to find the motivation to get up off the couch and get into shape and this is how I am doing it.  I am in the best shape since my early 30’s.  I have discovered it is never to late to start.  I have had set backs with some injurys and watching some many pass me by but I will not give up!