Dunna Vetta #22

Dunna Vetta
When did you start playing Roller Derby?
January 2012 -- I showed up for the info meeting for the Tot program and I was hooked!
What positions do you normally play/like to play?
I am so new to derby and I really think that I am still trying to figure out what my best position is on the track. I think I am getting better at blocking every day, but I am surprised at how much I love to jam once I am out there with the star on my helmet! Stay tuned.
What brought you to DDR?
I has been interested in roller derby when I lived in Washington, D.C., but I worked really crazy hours and I never thought derby would be able to fit into my life. When I moved back to PA my friend introduced me to Stompin’ Lizzy Stanton and she convinced me that I could make it work! Thanks to my boss I have been able to work derby into my life and in many ways work my life around derby.
What do you love about Roller Derby?
I love the challenge. It never gets easy, some things may get easier, but it is always a challenge overall. There is always improvements to be made. I had not been active in so long and it was great to get back into a sport! I forgot how great it was to be part of a team supporting you to push past your boundaries.
What do you love about Dutchland?
I love the people!! It's as simple as that. That people who make up Dutchland are like a second family to me now! I can't imagine my life without them now.
Favorite Roller Derby moment?
My favorite moment was when Coach Braless announced that I was finally part of the Crush at a practice and gave me my bearing necklace. I had worked so hard. It took me longer that some of my fellow tots and it felt like a dream come true. I was officially part of Dutchland!
What is your most embarrassing derby moment?
I participated in The Battle of the Freshies recently and on my very first jam ever I got so excited and had a false start and went to the box unnecessarily and was sent back out by the NSOs immediately. At that point I was flustered and got a second penalty and fell face first into the penalty box on my second trip in less then 45 seconds! It was so embarrassed! What a way to have my derby debut! I am a total klutz though, so I expect many more shinning moments.
What is your proudest derby moment?
My proudest derby moment was passing the 27 laps in 5 minutes league requirement. I really struggled with this area of assessments and when I finally heard Coach Braless say that I got 27 I thought I was going to cry with excitement, pride, relief, etc. The myriad of emotion was indescribable!
Got any injury stories?
Nothing major yet! I have had some bumps and bruises and aches and pains, but nothing note - fingers crossed!!
Derby props?
Skates: R3 I am hoping to get Bonts very soon to mold to my feet since they are two different sizes.
Wheels: Still working on the perfect combination. My best combination thus far was Atom 88 Stingers as my pushers mixed with Atom 93 G.Rods.
Protective Gear: Triple Eight
Must-Haves: My sisu mouth guard; before I got a sisu I always felt like I was going to throw up with my mouth guard in mouth. My first scrimmage penalty was actually for pushing my mouth guard to far out if my mouth and causing an equipment violation. Oops!
What is one piece of advice you could give to newer girls or those who are thinking about joining Roller Derby?
Don't give up! Keep showing up and giving a 110%. It may come easier to others, but there is a place in derby for everyone who shows up and does the work. I have felt every emotion and thought at times that maybe I was not meant for this sport, but I keep showing up and surprising myself. I am not a natural and may have to work longer and harder than others, but it is rewarding with each step.
What is one thing that Roller Derby/Dutchland helped you achieve?
Dutchland has helped me achieve so many things on the track in one year. I passed my twenty-seven. I made the Crush. I figured out how to do a crossover. I can skate backwards now without falling forward. I have come so far in the past year with derby, but Dutchland has also given me such confidence to tackle other challenging areas of my day-to-day! Dutchland has changed my life, period!
What has Roller Derby taught you?
Plain and simple derby has taught me that I am physically capable of more than I could ever have imagined. You can physically keep going long after you think you can't go anymore. I remember doing my first pushcarts and thinking that is was truly going to die right there on the track at Overlook. Not only did I survive, but now I love pushcarts.
Anything you'd like to say to your adoring fans?
I don't think I have any fans yet! My family and the people I work with want to come and support me though, so I imagine I will have some people screaming "Go Vetta," one day!