Dutchland Alum, Haulin’ Ash and I heard about the Philly Roller Girls, and the idea of roller skating in knee highs, smashing into stuff and knocking people down jumpstarted us right off the couch (clearly our initial idea of Roller Derby was something akin to human pinball). We decided to see if we could stay upright on skates before falling on our faces at a Philly tryout, so headed to The Castle to strap on skates for the first time since middle school. At the rink, we happened into White Thrash, Josie Cuervo and a few others who encouraged us to join forces with them. It didn’t take long until we were hooked on the speeding skates, fast friends and blooming bruises! I firmly believe it was kismet!
What keeps your wheels turning?
The amazing people that I have met through derby, and the unadulterated joy of skating!
What is your most embarrassing derby moment?
Checking my own jammer at an early scrimmage D’oh! I got so excited about check the skater with the star on her helmet that I lost sight of who I was after… boy, was my face red.
What is your proudest derby moment?
There are lots of stand out moments for me in derby, it's hard to pick just one. So a few fresh and vivid ones: being voted "Most Improved All-Star" last season was really proud for me personally, it felt amazing to be recognized; The All-Stars being invited to WFTDA East Region Playoffs for the first time in 2010 was pretty outstanding; Standing on the sidelines heart bursting as I bench coached my first Blitz bout, and as a league, having us hit the $20,000 mark for donations the league has made to charity.
DDR Awards/ Fan Favorite Awards?
2010 Most Improved All-Star and 2010 Honor Roll Attendance
Impress us with your skating skills…
I give a whip that makes the jammer scream “wheeeeeeee” and my four step sprint has caught many a jammer who thought she just broke the pack scott-free.
Skates: Riedell 126s Wheels: Atom Lowboys Protective Gear: One Eight Sevens knee/elbow/wrist, Shock Doctor mouth guard, Sweatsaver Helmet Must-Haves: Really great knee pads, replaced at regular intervals are my most important investment, a maxi pad used as a sweatband inside my helmet, and my "L"!
Send out some heart-felt derby love to your peeps…
Much love to Manriguez, the one and only Man Hammer. He shows up to all the home games, puts up with oh so many Derby events and non-stop Derby chatter, and is responsible for the league's logo, the lovely "Hester." Thanks also to my now-retired Derby wives, Haulin Ash' and Perkalicious, I miss seeing you on skates and locking wheels with you but appreciate so much your continued support of DDR -- you're the shiny to my booty shorts. To all my Distel Finks, once a Fink, always a Fink. Heart-felt appreciation to our DDR Board of Directors, past and present who are among some of the hardest working and most determined lady friends I have. Major thanks to our coaching team, they provide tons of motivation and determination in our quest for Derby domination, I'm so proud to work alongside you! And thank you so much to all the Derby lovin' folk who continue to support DDR, our sponsors and charity partners, without you we'd just be skatin' around in a circle and knocking people over to the sounds of silence.