Laura Carr hadn’t previously participated in team sports when she first considered roller derby in 2011.
Trying to stay in shape during Michigan’s cold winter months led her to roller skating, a hobby she enjoyed as a child.
Eventually, roller skating led to a connection with the then newly-formed Lansing Derby Vixens (LDV), Lansing’s first flat track roller derby league. Carr joined the Vixens’ first “Derby 101” class in March of 2011.
She earned the moniker “Wishbone Breaker” after breaking her collarbone during practice–an injury that ultimately lead to her retirement as a skater. The league’s first President, Lil’ Hitaly, bestowed the nickname upon her while they waited in the hospital.
Despite the injury, she enjoyed the camaraderie within the roller derby community and didn’t want to leave it behind. She was reborn a full-time non-skating official (NSO) shortly after her official retirement from skating.
Today, Wishbone is a Level 4 (of 5 levels) Certified NSO with additional endorsements in both Score & Timing and Head NSO categories. She lends her expertise to not only Vixen home games, but Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) International Playoff and Championship tournaments and numerous leagues and events across the country. She’s one of the Tournament Head Officials for the upcoming Midwest BrewHaHa tournament, being held June 3-4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In addition to traveling across the country to help make derby happen, Wishbone previously served on the LDV leadership team as both WFTDA Representative and Interleague Coordinator, and was vital to the process of LDV obtaining full WFTDA member league status. She’s currently a chair of the WFTDA Officials Certification Program, where she helps review official certification applications from all over the world.
Roller derby is fortunate to have officials like Wishbone–a smart, highly skilled, dedicated and longtime volunteer–whose countless hours have helped improve not only the quality of officiating, but skaters’ rules knowledge and the sport as a whole.
Thank you Wishbone!