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Skater of the Month: CynTax

Photo by Jim Cottingham

CynTax is known on the track for her endurance, speed, agility, and wily jammer moves. In a sport where size often matters, this 5 foot tall, 110-pound skater uses her small stature to her advantage by deftly sneaking through the pack unnoticed. She has received several accolades over her 4-year derby career, including Jammer MVP (Most Valuable Player) on 9/11 against SAC, KillaBytes’ 2009 Takes a Lickin’ and Keeps on Tickin’ award, and she skated 315 laps (approximately 24 miles) in 2 hours at our first annual skate-a-thon fundraiser in 2009.

How did you get into roller derby?

I watched the Rollergirls reality show on A&E in early 2006, and they mentioned that teams following the new format of all women’s, full-contact roller derby were springing up everywhere in major cities across the country. I knew after the first episode that the sport, the culture, the athleticism, and the lifestyle were for me, so I looked online and found the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls of Oakland, the only Bay Area team in existence at the time. I joined B.A.D. Girls in January of 2006 after a short stint with the San Francisco Bay Bombers. After suffering a painful back injury, I retired from B.A.D Girls in June of 2007. I thought my derby career was over, but after lots of physical therapy, my back healed and I felt the derby itch once again. Looking for a team closer to home, I found the Silicon Valley Roller Girls in August of 2008.

What kind of skating skill or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I was very heavily into gymnastics competition all through my childhood. I really feel this training has been extremely helpful in roller derby. In particular, it has helped me to better take falls by rolling out of them or “crumpling” to reduce the impact to any one particular part of the body. As far as skating goes, I am a child of the 80’s, so skating parties were a weekly staple in my life. Until I started my roller derby career in 2006, I hadn’t skated since the late 80’s. It was like riding a bike in some ways, but it still took time to build upon those basic skating skills.

How did you derive your derby name and number?

I’m an accountant and that’s semi-unusual in the derby world, so I wanted my skate name to reflect my profession. My full skate name is supposed to be CynTax Terror, but I wasn’t quick enough to add the Terror part to the national registry. The number, 1040ez, is the standard short form for tax preparation. Get it – short form? During tax season it really is CynTax season because I’m working crazy hours while trying to keep up my attendance at derby practice, so I can make the rosters.

What do you contribute to SVRG and roller derby in general off the track?

My current role with SVRG is as the announcer liaison on our bout production committee as well as one of three WFTDA reps for our league. As the announcer liaison, I seek out great announcers for our bouts, keep them informed as to our timelines and needs as well as making sure their needs are met.   I prepare a 20-page handbook for each bout that details anything and everything our announcers would need to know to make MC-ing our bouts go as smoothly as possible while making it as interesting to listen to as possible.

As the voting WFTDA rep, I keep a close eye on the national WFTDA forum looking for any mandatory votes our league needs to participate in to keep our membership in good standing. I gather the materials needed for our league members to cast their votes and then I transmit our league vote to WFTDA.

In the past, I was the finance committee head for the B.A.D. Girls, and I spearheaded the submission of their nonprofit application to the IRS. I believe we were one of the first or second leagues in the country to do so. This paved the way for other leagues, and now it’s pretty much the standard practice for roller derby leagues to go through the application process to become a nonprofit organization. Years ago, it was a big deal to get the IRS to recognize roller derby as a nonprofit sports organization that promotes female athleticism. We had to fight tooth and nail for it.

How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?

I am pretty active. I think participating in other forms of physical activity when you do a physically demanding sport such as roller derby is important. I like to run, lift weights, participate in yoga, golf, or anything that comes my way, really.

I also like to cook. I don’t have time to do it often, but it’s the only creative thing I do. I get in trouble if I’m too creative at work, lol.

I started a book club for our derby league. We have about a dozen members. We discuss one book a month. Each member contributes a book, and I really like this idea because it gives us all new things to read that we might not have normally chosen on our own. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of the selections.

What are your long-term derby goals?

I would like to keep playing roller derby for as long as my body will allow me to. I’ve suffered lots of derby-related injuries, including a broken nose, ribs, and fingers. I’ve had lots of problems with my back and knees from the stresses skating puts on the body. I guess if I had to pinpoint a goal it would be to one day be the oldest member on the league. I’m gaining on the few members older than me.

What advice would you give women interested in playing roller derby?

It’s a little intimidating to join a league, but well worth it if you can muster up the guts. Things are much more organized these days. Our league has a bootcamp we put on a few times a year to train beginners in the basics and help them pass their minimum skills tests and ultimately become a league member. So, I guess my advice is to first decide if you’re serious, because it takes a lot of practice, time, blood, sweat, and tears. If you are serious and you give it your all, you will discover some of the most rewarding things in life, make new friendships, and become more fit than you’ve ever been. After you have decided to make the commitment and be serious about it, don’t let the setbacks ruin your enthusiasm. I was lucky that I had years of skating under my belt when I started derby, but I had lots of obstacles to overcome with my size. I didn’t get put on my first roster until I was with SVRG for nine months. Derby comes naturally to some, but more often than not, it’s a skill that takes lots of practice to learn. Being a good skater is only half of it.


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Skater of the Month: Retox Fox

I am very grateful to my awesome teammates for bestowing this honor upon me. However, interviewing myself is a little meta and a lot awkward. Take a shot with me and let’s roll:

How did you get into roller derby?

I was getting signals for a couple of years. As soon as a team started up in my hometown, Louisville, my dad cut out every newspaper article or ad about the Derby City Roller Girls and mailed it to me, but I didn’t have a team where I was living (in the seventh circle of Hell, or southwest Florida). When I moved to Tucson, my BFF/roommate told me he thought derby would be a perfect match for me, but grad school was eating me alive. My final push was actually seeing derby in the flesh—a friend took me to Virgin MusicFest in Baltimore and I got to see the Charm City Roller Girls demo. Then I decided I had to look into it–the timing was perfect and I really needed a new outlet. I was fortunate to find SVRG, which at the time was accepting even non-skaters like me.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

Because my dad was a baseball coach/athletic director, I was a total jock. I played competitive softball, soccer, and volleyball growing up. I’ve  had a kickboxing phase and a gymrat phase, but now my time is devoted to derby and volleyball (which my SVRG teammates refer to as my “dirty mistress.”)

As for skating skills: ha! My first time on the rink I was congratulating myself for not having to use the wall to stand up.

How did you derive your derby name?

I’ve always been Fox, and being a damn proud Kentuckian I am rather fond of bourbon, hence the “Retox” rather than “detox.” Maker’s Mark is a favorite, so I went with 90 proof as my number.

What is your primary position?

I have no desire to have a star-shaped target on my head. I prefer to block at 3 because it requires a lot of versatility: you have to know when to switch to work with the front of the pack or the back of the pack, when to switch from offense to defense, and be able to communicate things in both directions.

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I’m big on strategy and like to think I can make quick decisions in the midst of the jam. It’s easy to line up with a plan, but with this sport you never know when you’re going to lose someone to the penalty box or your opponent is going to spring an effective counterstrategy. You have to reevaluate the situation every few seconds, decide on a plan, and quickly communicate to your teammates to execute that plan.

What has been your greatest experience on the rink?

Skating in June against the Denver Roller Dolls’ Bruising Altitude was just phenomenal. The venue is amazing, their fans are great, and the skaters themselves are super nice, fun women to spend time with. And although we lost the bout, we owned the afterparty. I just wish Beth Sentence didn’t break her ankle during the bout.

What is your worst injury?

I sprained my ankle twice when I was just starting derby, and unfortunately it didn’t go well since I had broken that one before. It not only kept me off skates for nearly 4 months, but the collective damage now severely limits my range of motion, which is sooo not optimal for skating. I should point out, though, that both these sprains were due to my dirty mistress, volleyball, not derby.

Who’s your biggest fan?

My boyfriend, who is amazing. He came to see me skate in a bout for the first time last August, and the very next morning we were at a skate shop getting him fitted for his own pair of skates. He is very understanding that my free time is on a timeshare with derby and doesn’t complain if I’m up late handling derby business or jetting off for an away game on the weekend. If he ever sees me wince or hears me complain about being sore, he is quick with a massage or a beer. Dreamy.

Which teammates do you work well with?

On the track, if I’m up front, I work well with Knuckles DeVille, BootyVicious, and Mauly Anna. In the back I like working with Belle Wringer, Bones, or Sadie Mae Gutz because I can read where they are going and thus complement their coverage—and they’re hard hitters so it always makes my job easier getting sloppy seconds with the opposing jammer.

Off the track I work well with Absolutely Scabulous, Satan’s Kitten, and Zootown Throwdown doing head stuff. And Bitch Puddin’ and I work our livers together. It’s great just to be surrounded by so many awesome women.

The jammer shall not pass. Photo by Jim Cottingham

What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?

I am the Head of PR and Marketing, I contribute to Community Service and Safety committees, and I run this here blog. I try to help out with anything involving writing, editing, or running surveys since those be my goodest skills. As a personal trainer, I like working out with my teammates or sharing exercises with them that can help them recover from an injury or develop strength, balance, agility, and flexibility. However, I make sure to counterbalance the healthful contribution by supplying baked goods en masse, like Oreo truffles, bourbon brownies, and a variety of cookies. NOM NOM NOM. I am eating a brown sugar oatmeal cookie as I type, and it’s rad.

How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?

Places you will find me: on the volleyball court, with a book, in my kitchen, at the bar, or behind the wheel on a road trip. And, too often, working in front of my ‘puter. My life is awesome because every day I get to read/write, eat, and sweat. That’s happy.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?

Commit. Roller derby really doesn’t work as a half-assed hobby; it is a lifestyle. You have to commit your time, mind, body, and, in cases involving demons, your soul.


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Skater of the Month: Donna Diggler

You know Donna Diggler (12 1/2 inches) on the track because she is a hollerin’ fiend, constantly apprising her Dot.Kamikaze teammates of the pack situation. Her perennial upbeat mood, constant supportive comments, and dedication to making it rain make her a valuable asset to the team psyche. Our tenderoni is also a member of our Safety Committee, helping to care for downed skaters.

You can find out more about Donna here.

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Skater of the Month: Zootown Throwdown

Zootown Throwdown is the type of skater that exemplifies all the great things about roller derby. When she started, we affectionately referred to her as “Bambi” as we watched her learn to balance her long legs on skates. She was relentless, though, and soon using that long stride to push herself through double-digit jams. She’s already racked up two MVP awards this season for the KillaBytes (of which she is co-captain) and has started swingin’ and jamming on some Dot.Kamikaze rosters as well. In addition, she took over the incredibly tough job as our league President this year. Whew! And despite all that work, she loves derby so much that she capitalizes on her travel-heavy day job by using it as an opportunity to skate with leagues all around the country. If you’re lucky, there may be a Zoo in your town soon!

How did you get into roller derby?

An SVRG skater, Broken BabyDoll, saw my Montana license plate when I walked into a billiard hall after moving down here to CA and asked if I was from there. Turns out, our families know each other and we grew up in the same town. Somehow MT is so big, but soooo small. She invited me to a bout; I walked into the venue and immediately fell in love with the sport.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I grew up with an athletic background in track, basketball, rock climbing, and golf, but the last time I strapped on skates was when I was 6.  I would pal around the block with my neighbor in our hot pink Barbie skates and pretended I knew how to brake by knee sliding into the grass at full speed. So with derby, I had start from scratch – took me almost 3 months to learn how to brake efficiently.

How did you derive your derby name?

I’m a third generation born and raised in Missoula, MT. The locals call it Zootown, so I had to tie in my roots somehow!

What is your primary position?

Jammer; I think mainly because I have a need for speed…and because I’m a hot mess when I block. When I first started skating, I was extremely intimidated by the position 4 blocker so jamming took me a little while to warm up to, but once I got over that fear, it became my favorite position. (Except during the practice when we do the “first jammer through the pack 5 times” drill…then I wish I were a blocker! )

Zoo jammin'. Photo: Jim Cottingham

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I would like to think that my greatest strength as a skater is inspiring others. I keep a positive attitude; every time my skate hit the rink, I’m going 110%. I think when skaters step onto the rink with a negative attitude and half assing practice, they are wasting their time. So when I show up at practice, I leave my personal life off the rink and get my head in the game!

Who’s your biggest fan?

Rachel Keirnan, cutest little 9-year-old ever, came to watch us play against CCRD and ended up buying a SVRG shirt and getting ‘Zootown Throwdown’ printed on the back…then she had me autograph it in permanent marker. So. Awesome.

My boyfriend, family and friends are super supportive as well. On bout days, I receive texts from family members wishing me good luck, to not break a leg, and usually include the two words: kick ass. My family is so incredibly fantastic!

Which teammates do you work well with?

Being a jammer, I’m usually flyin’ solo. However, I receive a ton of great advice from my fellow long-legged gazelle-looking jammer, Smack Dahlia. She always gives me pointers in a positive sense like a big sister, instead of saying “you did this wrong, and you did that wrong,” etc. Having the same body type as me, she knows my strengths and weaknesses, so she’s been a great mentor for me.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?

What I’m most looking forward to this season is becoming an official WFTDA league so we can rank and compete nationally next season. Watch out ladies, SVRG is movin up!!!

What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?

I’m midway through my annual term as league President and I’m also the Co-Captain of the KillaBytes. It’s extremely time-consuming (kudos to all other presidents in the derby world) coordinating all aspects of the league. Within SVRG, we have a full Board of Directors, and over a dozen Committee Heads and Coordinators; without these league members (or my 24/7 synched crackberry), I wouldn’t be able to hold the presidential position because there’s SO MUCH going on. I’m an obsessive organizer and network like crazy (i.e., talk to strangers waaaaay too much). Derby is a sport that I have devoted my life to and I will never quit, so becoming president for me was bound to happen eventually; might as well be during my second year on skates! Someday, I want SVRG to be that league that other teams look at and idolize because A) we’re ranked #1 in the nation and B) we keep it classy and fun. I’m here to help this league grow and develop into a leading team in the derby nation and I’m just excited to be at the cusp of explosion for this amazing sport. Might be 2 years, 10 years or 50 years but this sport WILL blow up…and I’ll be there at the after party poppin’ the champagne cork the day we actually get paid to play.

How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?

Outside of derby, I LOVE being outdoors; nature brings me into a meditative state that makes me appreciate Living in the Now. I’m grateful for the opportunity to just sit on the beach with my boyfriend and freeze time by watching the ocean waves and catching my breath from life. I enjoy skiing, hiking, rock climbing, wake-boarding, surfing, everything. There isn’t an outdoor adventure I don’t enjoy.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?

It’s intimidating to start playing derby because it’s overwhelming, physically straining, expensive, and time-consuming. When you first start, all you can think about is trying to NOT fall on your ass during your warm-up laps and thinking of excuses for why you can skip practice that night so you can give the quarter-sized blisters on your feet an extra day to heal. But coming from a girl would spent most of her time during the first 3 months with her booty touching the floor more times than not, it IS possible to excel in this sport, and that’s the amazing thing about it. If you put in the time and effort and get involved in the league, it’s guaranteed to pay off in some way or another.

What do you think is the best thing about derby?

It’s the only full-contact sport in the athletic world that women have claimed as their own. Enough said!


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Making it: Words from our newly minted SVRG interns

Among 16 SVRG recruits who recently passed bootcamp and their WFTDA skills test, we have four different women all drawn to one of the greatest sports of all time: ROLLER DERBY!  Here, we have we have a high school English teacher, a middle school teacher, a single mom, and a fire fighter who have written about the experiences that have drawn them to the sport. Read on to see what four pieces of “fresh meat” (i.e., skaters new to roller derby) have to say about their bootcamp experiences and accomplishments.

Squirrelly Brawler (left) with fellow bootcamper Sasha Degrader.

Squirrelly Brawler

Recently retired from competitive Muay Thai–a martial art where elbows, shins, knees and fists are used as weapons–I was feeling as though I had no outlet for my energy.  My bestest friend and fellow fight team member and I decided to go see “Whip It.” Being huge Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page fans, as well as thinking that anything where people got to fight was a good time, the movie seemed to be a perfect selection.  As soon as the derby scenes were on the screen, I turned to my friend and whispered, “I’m going to do that!” as simultaneously she whispered, “You should TOTALLY do that!” I went home, looked up the local derby leagues and found the Silicon Valley Roller Girls (SVRG) and the Santa Cruz Derby Girls (SCDG) leagues.  Both were currently recruiting, but since SVRG was closer and had a bootcamp coming up, I decided that this is where I would tryout.

Two weeks later, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls were having an open call for their next bootcamp.  I went in and immediately joined to be a part of the bootcamp.  I was hooked–not since getting to hit people in the ring had I felt so stoked!  I came to nearly every bootcamp training night and put my heart and soul into learning everything the coaches (Panda, LTO, & Aim) had to give. First, I wanted to skate as fast as I could and not fall down. This quickly changed to wanting to skate as fast I could, and when I fell down to get up as fast I could. All the bootcampers quickly came together in support of one another.  It was awesome to have women all working together for a common goal: to pass the WFTDA Minimum Skills test that was the culmination of our bootcamp experience. If we failed more than one skill, we failed the entire test!

After the test, those who passed got the news that we would become interns and start preparing to scrimmage.  We continued to push ourselves at a faster pace, trying to take it up a few notches. A few of us also had to work on a skill if we had failed one during the test– all the while dreaming of our derby names, sharing and figuring out who we were going to be when we were full-fledged derby girls.

Through this all, I have received endless support from all the people in my life, many proclaiming that they could totally picture me in derby: my family and best friends all asking me about my experience and helping me pick out names; my roommate’s cheers as I left for practice, “Knock someone out!”; and my boyfriend being just as stoked as I am during bouts and supporting me wholeheartedly as I strive to obtain another goal.

Now our time has come. We are motivated as well as bound together by our similar experiences in bootcamp and now as fresh meat.  I know that these women are going to encourage me, push me, and sometimes hit me (my favorite part!) into being the best roller derby girl I can be.  In turn I will do the same for them – especially the hitting part.

Brigid Fitch (left) blocks fellow bootcamper PoiZEN.

Brigid Fitch

Roller derby is contagious. I knew nothing about the sport until a friend of mine, who knows Kimfectious, invited me to go to Oakland and see a BADG bout.  When I got home I began to do some research on the internet- lo and behold there was a local team and they were recruiting new members!  I had been looking for a reason to get back

in shape and it seemed like derby would be a glamorous, social way to do that, completely opposite of my everyday role as a middle school teacher.  My recruitment meeting was in the summer at one of the exhibition bouts at Roosevelt Park and I was surprised and impressed by the DIY ethic of the organization and their commitment to community service.  It takes an incredibly dedicated group of people- skaters, coaches, referees, and NSO’s- to run a league and put on bouts and I wanted to be a part of that.

Once I started attending practice I was blown away by the coaches; they were tough but they had encouragement for everybody and helped us all believe that we could do it, even though when I started I couldn’t manage a crossover to save my life.  I loved skating with a group of women I probably never would have met otherwise and becoming close to them through our shared goal of becoming a member of SVRG.  I showed up for practice ready to do endless knee bails and skate with my hands on my ankles because every week I saw myself getting a little better. It was a crushing blow to go through all eight weeks of boot camp only to fall during the second night of testing and sprain my MCL- an injury with a six-month healing time.  As frustrated and disappointed as I was, getting hurt did do something positive: it made me realize how important roller derby had become to me.  This was not something I was giving up easily!  I lucked out and got a great physical therapist that worked with me to beat the clock so I could be ready for the next round of bootcamp, just ten weeks away.

Determined to make this happen, I came back and joined another boot camp that was almost three times as large as the last one and decidedly more rigorous. Gone were any ideas about being a ‘glamorous’ roller derby queen.  I just wanted to be a part of the league. Once again I enjoyed the camaraderie of skating with a diverse and powerful group of women.  Boot campers shouted encouragement to each other no matter how long it took to get the drill done.  Veteran skaters were always ready with an equipment tip or help with a skill.  The coaches didn’t give up on me when I struggled because of my knee and my lack of conditioning after two months on the couch.  Most importantly, I didn’t give up on myself even on nights where I felt every one of my thirty-eight years.  My desire to be a part of this incredible league outweighed any discomfort and self-doubt and I am immeasurably proud to be able to say, “I skate with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls.”

Raci Nikkers

Raci Nikkers

My derby bootcamp experience can be summed up as the most awesome, rad, incredible, exhilarating, and amazing time of my life.

My interest came from The Kansas City Bomber as played by Raquel Welch. Hot! I wanted to become her, a hot roller derby queen. I have never been athletic, but skating has always been a fun activity. Why not go for it?

Sure I was intimidated at first. The league members can be tough on fresh meat, but you realize that it’s all for your benefit. And they are not as scary as they seem once you get to know them.The bootcamp girls created a bond that I  have never known. We all went through sprains, aches, blood, sweat, and tears together. And honestly, I don’t really like girls. Come to find out that was the very thing most of us had in common.

The motivation: a single mom finds roller derby and falls in love. I want to show my little girl that you can accomplish anything if you put heart and soul into it. And why not be an example of awesome girl power?!

That’s my story.

Jema (derby name TBA)

Fire Academy or Roller Derby Boot Camp…

It was on the counter at Phillz Coffee, a 3X5 card with SVRG recruiting information.  I love a challenge so I dared myself to check it out.  How hard could it be, right?  Skate in a circle and run into people.  I passed the fire academy, this should be cake.  Next thing I knew, I was renting quad roller skates and stumbling around the old Aloha Roller Rink, (now SJ Skate) where I skated as a kid during my elementary school years.  I felt like a two-year-old learning to walk and spent more time on my backside than I did on my wheels.  After watching the girls practice and getting a taste of it myself, I realized this would be no cake walk, and I would need to work hard.

I signed up for the boot camp, bought my first pair of derby skates, and hit the rink every chance I had.  Coach LTO says, “All skating makes you a better skater.”  I listened, and when bootcamp started, I felt like I was getting my skate legs.  Eight weeks of bootcamp twice a week was challenging and awesome.  Our coaches were tough but loving, and I met some incredible women.  We were expected to listen, learn the rules, skate hard, and have respect for others, all with a smile.  There would be no quitting in derby.

Having so much fun with my new hobby, and learning more about the game of derby, I was determined to make it.  I put everything I had into those practices.  I skated as hard as I could, learned how to fall, and loved every minute of it.  All of the girls in my boot camp class came together during those weeks and we pushed each other to skate faster and get lower.  Coach Aim De Kill’s constant inspiration was priceless: “Are you low?”  Some days were tougher than others and some drills rougher as well.  Though we were considered fresh meat, the SVRG league members were always helpful and supportive.

I appreciate those who practiced with us and gave us individual pointers.  I feel like I have come together with these women as a team and would do just about anything for them.  The culture in SVRG is to do your best, and help others do the same.  I love this league.  I am proud and excited to finally be a real Silicon Valley Roller Girl!  Thank you to all the girls and especially our coaches: Panda, Aim, and Denny.  As a firefighter, I have a brotherhood and a “fire family.” As a roller girl, I now have a sisterhood and a “derby family.”


In conclusion, we skate, talk about equipment, and have learned that regardless of our backgrounds, we have one thing that is binding us together: roller derby! We are creating a derby family by supporting, cheering, and pushing one another to be the best we can possibly be. We are stronger together than we are separately.

Squirrelly Brawler

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Check out this profile on SVRG’s Death by Dollface!

Dollface does it all: she can jam, and she can block...even while jamming.

SVRG’s Death by Dollface was recently in the spotlight in Santa Clara magazine. The magazine, a publication by Santa Clara University, features stories on its accomplished alumni. Death by Dollface, being a rock star in all aspects of her life (marathoner, graduate student, assistant director, former SVRG President, and of course killer blocker/jammer on the track), was chosen for coverage, alongside some guy named Steve Nash (?). Pick up a copy or read the online version here!

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Skater of the Month: Catherine Beata Bones

Bones will jam you up! Photo: Jim Cottingham

Catherine Beata Bones has been a welcome addition to the KillaBytes this season. Not only is she a speedy jammer, but her fierce hip checks and booty blocks also make opponents take note when she’s in the pack. She’s also a warm person and quick to laugh, making Bones a natural fit for the team. She secured the top-scoring jam in her debut bout in March and I anticipate that she’ll be racking up the points this Saturday against CCRD!

How did you find out about/get into roller derby?

I went to an SVRG outdoor exhibition bout last summer and have been hooked ever since!

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I got skills, but before derby I had absolutely no skating skills. I played basketball for years when I was younger and learning to skate was a big adjustment.

How did you derive your derby name?

All the names that I wanted were all ready taken so I decided to go with a play on Catherine Zeta-Jones, one of my favorite actresses.

What is your primary position?

Jammer. [Ed.’s note: Bones is also a mean blocker–all that basketball training paid off!]

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I am a fast skater, which helps when you’re a jammer.

What has been your greatest experience on the rink?

Playing in my first bout on March 6 against San Diego Hard Corps–huge adrenaline rush!

What is your worst injury, and how did you earn it?

Just your average hip bruises and standard rink rash.

Who’s your biggest fan?

My mom, even though she winces every time I get knocked to the ground.

With which teammates do you work well?

I love all the Killas! I think we all groove well together.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?

I am looking forward to traveling with the Killas hopefully to Denver or Tahoe this summer.

What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?

Off the track I’m part of the safety committee.

How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?

Off the track I work as a nurse, and can knit a mean scarf.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?

Never give up. Roller derby is a challenge at first but keep at it!

Photo credit: Adrian Valenzuela

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