Monthly Archives: March 2012

Let Them Eat Cake at the Skater 26 Premier

By day, SVRG’s very own Skater Tots is a specialty cake artist and owner of A Spoonful of Sugar. She created this delicious and delectable treat for the premier of “Skater 26” at the San Francisco IndieFest on February 10th at the Roxie Theater.

Skater 26 cake created by A Spoonful of Sugar

The documentary follows the day-in and day-out life of a B.ay A.rea D.erby Girl (B.A.D. All-Star Chantilly Mace #26). Watch the trailer by 13th Generation Productions, produced by Steve Romanko and directed by Turner Van Ryn.

The film emphasizes the enormous time commitment involved in participating in a legitimate sport like roller derby. As Tots notes, “derby isn’t just something you do by night to let out your alter ego.”

Remarkably, just four days before the premier, Tots had surgery to reset her ankle which had been broken in three places from a derby injury. With the help of derby friends (Teddy Wreck-Spin, Bitch Puddin’, Nur, Destyn, and Elizabeth), she created this edible masterpiece—a testimony to her dedication and love of the sport.

While Tots prepares for her comeback, she’s dreaming up even more cakes. When asked what flavor cake SVRG would be, she replied, “My teammates like any flavor of cake!”


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Derby 2.0: SVRG’s MicroChicks Defeat the Fallin’ Angels

Derby 2.0 and Fallin’ Angels, Photo by Adrienne O’Keefe

MicroChicks and Fallin’ Angels, Photo by Adrienne O’Keefe

What a game! The final score was 99-89 in favor of Silicon Valley’s MicroChicks in the March 11th bout against Resurrection Roller Girls’ Fallin’ Angels in Rohnert Park, California. SVRG wants to thank our gracious hosts for a great time! To remember the event, the Resurrection team gave all of our girls dog tags stamped with both team names.

Unleasha Moore (one of the Derby 2.0 coaches) reported, “The skaters did a fantastic job of working together and communicating in the pack. Plus the jammers killed it for sure! There were so many lead changes and all the girls who jammed gave it their all!” Derby 2.0 coaches Belle Wringer, Mongoose, and Unleasha Moore helped the team prepare for their victory and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Interested in Joining Derby 2.0?

Derby 2.0, SVRG’s junior derby league, is for girls aged 7-17, and is divided into two teams. The MicroChicks (skaters aged 7-10) learn the basics of derby without hitting; blocking is strictly positional. The Web Bruisers (ages 11-17) engage in full-contact play once the coaches feel they’re ready. Skaters 18 and older can try out for the adult league. Derby 2.0 coach Unleasha Moore was the first skater to graduate from junior derby to roster for the KillaBytes and is happy to be mentoring her former teammates in her new role.

Derby 2.0 has grown since the first practice in June of 2010, to a full roster of 30 skaters. Many of the original girls are still skating with the league and hope to follow in Unleasha’s tracks.

If you’re interested in being a part of the present and future of derby, send us an email at

2012 Bout Schedule
*subject to change

April 1: MicroChicks vs. Santa Cruz Saltwater Sassies (at San Jose Skate)
May 5: Web Bruisers vs. Seattle Derby Brats (at Roosevelt Park)
June 10: SVRG Derby 2.0 vs. SVRG Derby 2.0 (at San Jose Skate)
July 21: Double Header vs. San Fernando Valley (at Roosevelt Park)
Aug. 19: MicroChicks vs. TBD (at San Jose Skate)
Sept. 9: MicroChicks vs. Santa Cruz Saltwater Sassies (at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium)
Oct. 21: SVRG Derby 2.0 vs. TBD (at San Jose Skate)
Nov. 11: Web Bruisers vs. Hollister Jr. Derby Girls (at San Jose Skate)

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Hotter on Hiatus

SVRG is back and hotter than ever! We were busy this off season. Pia Mess challenged the league to lose weight and increase stamina over the winter break. With weekly workouts and nutrition tips, our ladies shed pounds and gained muscle.

Help us congratulate the winner of the hotter on hiatus challenge! Assistant Coach Aim DeKill won the weight loss challenge. She (De)Killed the competition with a total loss of 12 pounds, resulting in an inch off her waistline and four inches off her hips. She won a pair of Antik skates and a slimmer silhouette! Kozmo Trouble came in a close second, and Juicy K. Tore and Pia Mess tied for third place. Aim shared her inspiring story with us.

Aim DeKill before and after

Aim DeKill is hot, and even hotter!

What motivated you to start your weight-loss journey?

After I retired from skating and started coaching, I spent less and less time taking care of my health. I put myself last on the list of things to manage and it showed…I gained forty pounds over two years! I’ve always been a bigger gal, but I had really let myself go physically; and it was taking its emotional toll as well. It was just time to quit moping and take charge.

What’s the secret to your success?

I have found Weight Watchers to be a great help because of the tools that they provide and the support community that goes with it. My Weight Watchers group is amazing and has made a HUGE difference in my success. I make excuses and justify bad habits…and I totally “eat my feelings.” I know, I’ve seen me do it. But if I eat healthy, keep track of what fuels me, and move my body—the fat melts away and takes a lot of my anxiety with it. If I don’t do those things, then I don’t get positive results.

How did you manage to stick to your diet over the holidays?

When the holidays rolled around, I was already well into my Weight Watchers routine. I had a lot of tricks to pull out of my tool belt. I made sure to drink a gallon of water a day, carried my own foods and snacks, and balanced out my daily (or weekly) food intake if I had a festivity to attend. You can be successful if you plan and prepare. Don’t get me wrong…I had some times when I really didn’t freaking want to spend an hour after a long day cutting carrots and measuring out all the proportions for the next day…or had to wrestle myself away from the cookies or talk myself into working out, but I still did it—and it paid off!

What’s your favorite way to work out off skates?

Anything that gets me outside in the sunshine and fresh air with my son is ideal.  We like to ride our bicycles, go hiking (sometimes in Jedi costumes!), or head to Shoreline Lake for some water play. I recently discovered that I like to run…and the easiest workout to cram into our busy schedule is to go around the block a couple times after dinner. My son will ride his scooter and I’ll run. I like to chase him; it makes the time—and me—go faster.

Has the difference in weight affected your derby performance?

ABSOLUTELY. I feel lighter and faster. My body doesn’t hurt as much. The running has helped my endurance and agility. Eating the right fuel gives me a ton of energy. I can’t wait to get even stronger and faster!

Can you offer advice to others who want to shed pounds?

Get real with yourself, accept responsibility for being in the shape you’re in, and take control of your life. There’s going to be micromanaging and preparation to make it work…but aren’t you a worthwhile investment?

What’s your next goal?

I have a long term goal of losing 70 pounds, which I have broken down into smaller, more manageable mini-milestones. I have reached my first mark, which was 5% of my original body weight. My next goal is 10% of my original weight, which I should be celebrating very soon!

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