Marie Antoithreat #1793

Marie Antoithreat

Photo by Vern Kitchen

“No guillotine can stop this blocking machine. Let them eat skate!”

When did you start playing Roller Derby?
December 1, 2007
What positions do you normally play/like to play?
I try to be a versatile skater, blocking, pivot, and jamming. I've been blocking and pivoting my entire derby career and recently have been jamming in a pinch. That's something I'm working on this season!
What do you love about Roller Derby?
What's not to love? I love that roller derby is competitive, challenging, different. It's a sport that has you carefully running on your toe stops one second then slamming yourself into a wall of opposing players the next. It's all about strategy, timing, awareness, and being able to multi task. You need to be quick on your feet, you need to trust your team mates, and you need to want to push yourself to get better.
What do you love about Dutchland?
Everything. The camaraderie, the feeling like you're a part of a family, the willingness to help out people in need, help local charities, support local businesses. I love how competitive we are and how we push each other to do better. We praise each other, give encouragement when someone needs it, and help to make each other a better team mate and league member. But for us, it's all about feeling like family. We really are a family here. We're not just about derby or about our charitable work. We are here to encourage, support, and uplift each other both on the track and off.
Favorite Roller Derby moment?
My favorite moment was playing a fun 30 minute bout called "Bumble Bees vs. Lady Bugs" at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza. Me and my two close Dutchland friends (Nelly Hurtado and Susie Nugent got to dress up as bumble bees and skate together in this fun bout against a mixed group of skaters dressed up as Ladybugs! Not only did we have a great time, we won by over 100 points and got to skate with one of the best skaters in the world: Fifi Nomenon! A year later, myself, Nelly and Susie all got bumble bee tattoos to commemorate an amazing time together in derby!
Most embarrassing Roller Derby moment?
Anytime I fall and do a belly flop at the same time. It's not graceful, not cute, and really hurts!
What is one piece of advice you could give to newer girls or those who are thinking about joining Roller Derby?
Go for it! Try it! See what you think! It's going to be tough and difficult at first. You'll fall a lot. Your legs will feel like jello. You'll be thirsty and sweaty. You'll ask yourself a number of times if you can do it. And trust me, you can do it. If you're willing to put in the time, work as hard as you can and be committed, you'll be able to do it. And you won't regret it.
What is one thing that Roller Derby/Dutchland helped you achieve?
Confidence -- absolutely. I used to be really shy and quiet. I'd mumble and keep my head down. Derby has given me confidence like you wouldn't believe. I look people in the eye when I talk to them. I say my thoughts without hesitation. I'm not afraid to go for something I really want. It's given me the strength to be myself!
What has Roller Derby taught you?
If you want something bad enough, you better work hard. Work as hard as you can. And then work some more.
Anything you'd like to say to your adoring fans?
Can't wait to see you all at our next home bout! And bring your cowbells! Mwah!