Venus Van Dam #9

Venus Van Dam

Photo by Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez

When did you start playing Roller Derby?
April of 2012
What positions do you normally play/like to play?
I mostly play as a jammer but have recently started playing as a blocker.
What do you love about Roller Derby?
I love that roller derby has made me the most confident I have ever been.
What do you love about Dutchland?
I love every person on this team and each person that is responsible for making this league function.
Favorite Roller Derby moment?
This is a hard question because I have had so many amazing moments with this team. I would have to say a bout in Pittsburgh, PA. I felt like I really found myself as a skater.
What is your most embarrassing derby moment?
The most embarrassing moment for me was my very first bout with Dutchland. When the announcers called my name for the intro, I fell.
What is one thing that Roller Derby/Dutchland helped you achieve?
Lasting friendships and complete confidence in myself.
What is one piece of advice you could give to newer girls or those who are thinking about joining Roller Derby?
Do it!!!! It will be one of the best decisions of your life.
What has Roller Derby taught you?
It has taught me that I am my own worst critic. Everyone had their bad days, and all we can do is tough it out, and we will reach the next level.
Anything you'd like to say to your adoring fans?
I love and appreciate each and every single fan!