Evol Kitty #150
Photo courtesy Rebecca Thomas
- Join Date?
- I first joined roller derby in March 2006 with the Coal City Rollers (CCR) in Wilkes-Barre, PA. When CCR disbanded at the end of September of 2009, I joined the Lehigh Valley Roller Girls in early October 2009. I took a LOA in July 2010 due to pregnancy and returned to roller derby with the Dutchland Derby Rollers in July 2011.
- First bout?
- August 2006
- Best position?
- Pivot, Blocker 1
- What is your tagline?
- I don't have one...but I really do like the saying, "Evolve or Die".
- What brought you to DDR?
- I wanted to pursue a more serious and competitive WFTDA league. Plus, the fact that DDR has a non-skating male coach was a very attractive feature.
- What keeps your wheels turning?
- The ever-evolving world of roller derby.
- What is your most embarrassing derby moment?
- None to speak of.
- What is your proudest derby moment?
- I would have to say when V-Diva made Team USA because I have been her coach and teammate since she joined roller derby in 2008. It makes me feel really good to think that part of my mentoring aided her in some way to get where she is now.
- DDR Awards/ Fan Favorite Awards?
- I hope to obtain one in the near future!
- Got any injury stories?
- I accidentally gave White Thrash a broken nose in a bout I played against DDR while on CCR in the summer of 2007.
- Impress us with your skating skillz…
- After joining DDR, I'm going to be amazing at squatting. (:
- Derby Props?
- Skates: Riedell Vixens
Wheels: Atom Jukes, 88s and 93s
Protective Gear: Tripe 8s for all pads, Gladiator gaskets, and my fantastic sticker-clad helmet that I've had since I started skating in 2006. It's wide array of stickers is a testament to where I've been and where I'm going in the derby world. (:
Must-Haves: Riptide Rush Gatorade (the only kind I drink), Nature Valley's Sweet&Salty Nut peanut granola bars and Fruit&Nut Trail Mix bars (my pre- and post- practice/bout snacks), multiple layers of shirts and tank tops, knee socks, bandanas, and Lysol for my derby gear to ease my germaphobic tendencies.
- Send out some heartfelt derby love to your peeps…
- To my teammates of past and present - thanks for being involved in the wondrous sport of roller derby with me. I am proud to have skated with you or to be skating with you now. It's an inexplicable feeling to be united and bonded by something bigger than yourself. The path of evolution that roller derby has taken since it's revival is marveling and I'm grateful to have been, and will continue to be, a part of it. I hope you all remain forever passionate about it and never forget the life-changing experiences that have precipitated out of it.
To the fans - thank you for your continued support throughout the years. It really is appreciated.
To my family - Words can never thank you enough for everything you've done for me these past few years. If I didn't have you to watch my children while I was at practice or a bout, I would never be able to do this.
To my husband - Thank you for understanding how much roller derby means to me. I know it's hard to share your wife with a sport, one you have to pay for no less, so I really do appreciate that.