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Skater of the Month: Aim DeKill

Aim takes a farewell lap at her last home bout this November. Photo credit: Boss Hogg

As the Captain of the KillaBytes, Aim DeKill set a gold standard. Our “Mama Byte” was a knowledgeable, supportive force on the track for the KillaBytes and when she skated with the Dot.Kamikazes. She pivoted with grace, and no matter how tough things got, she was there to offer an encouraging word–or pick off a blocker for you. Aim announced her retirement at our last home bout this November, but thankfully she will be sticking around to help coach our new recruits.

This is Aim’s second Skater of the Month award. That’s just how awesome she is. This time, I decided to give her the floor, so here is what she had to say:

Thank you for selecting me as Skater of the Month for a second time in two years. It’s been my honor to skate with SVRG for the last two seasons and to serve as KillaBytes Captain in 2009. I love my league and I’ll miss bouting with you!

Aim, we will miss you too!

Aim sent this photo to me labeled as a “TIGHT ASS PACK,” presumably talking about the beauty of strategy executed here, but also perhaps a comment on our fabulous bums. Photo credit: Nocklebeast

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Skater of the Month: Postal Servix

May Skater of the Month: Postal Servix

May Skater of the Month: Postal Servix! Photo Credit: Jim Cottingham

Postal Servix (formerly known as Secret Servix) is one of the KillaBytes’ secret weapons. She’s an all-around great skater with a jammer’s speed and a blocker’s killer hits (I can attest to this personally, having been knocked off my skates by one of her potent c-blocks!) Off the rink, she has helped coordinate volunteer opportunities for the team, including a demo at AchieveKids (where she teaches special needs students) and May’s volunteer event, the Walk for Autism.

How did you get into roller derby?

I saw an ad on Craigslist and became obsessed with the subculture! I have always loved to skate, but never fit in with the traditional jocks.

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

I was a pretty good skater, but I wasn’t very agile and my endurance sucked. I have NEVER played a sport before. I was a marathon lounger.

How did you derive your derby name?

I like puns, and I like to play on the feminine moxie that makes roller derby so rad.

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I’m a hard hitter, have decent speed and endurance, but I try really hard to be a team player. There can be no divas in derby!

What is your favorite derby memory?

Knocking our coach LTO on his butt during a hitting drill!

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

I broke my ankle while standing in line for a drill. I kinda leave out the standing in line part when I tell the story though…

Servix is now a bionic woman with an ankle made of STEEL!

Check out this Hall of Pain action. Servix is now a bionic woman with an ankle made of STEEL!

Who are your favorite derby skaters, and why?

I love Demanda Riot for her swagger and amazing hitting form, and Brawllen Angel and Taxi Scab from BADG are amazing jammers.

Who are your biggest fans?

The parents of my students and my co-workers! They love watching a teacher kick butt! My family is back in the Midwest, so they haven’t seen me skate yet.

What’s your favorite thing about SVRG?

Being part of a team. My team is a huge part of my life, on and off the rink. It feels great to be a part of something so awesome.

What do you enjoy most about derby life off the rink?

Hanging with my girls, doing community service, and all of the fun events.

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

I love to read, knit, watch movies- I’m ready for some couch surfing after work and derby.

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

Just like anything, it takes some time to get good, don’t give up!

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Skater of the Month: Steffen Razor

Steffen Razor, March Skater of the Month

Steffen Razor, March Skater of the Month

March Skater of the Month Steffen Razor is known  for being fierce on the track and fierce in fashion. As an opponent, you never want to find yourself behind her or you might find yourself helplessly stuck by her persistent block (and secretly wondering, where did she get those cool looking pads/socks/skates?). She also holds a special place in my heart for helping me find my feet (er, skates) during my first couple of weeks with the team, generously giving me advice on everything from time management to gear, as well as a lot of personal attention with my skill development.

How did you get into roller derby?

I saw a show on A & E on the Lonestar Rollergirls and watched every week. Then I did a search for roller derby near me. I found the Bay Area Derby Girls and watched them for a couple of years before I found SVRG. I waited for my baby to be born, and then I joined SVRG in October 2007.

Did you have skating skills beforehand?

I skated when I was a kid. I was kind of a daredevil. There were a lot of little moves that I taught myself as a kid that really come in handy when I’m skating now.

What is your favorite skating move?

I love the snowplow. I love getting out in front, slowing down, and hopefully doing a booty block.

Do you have a favorite game memory?

There’s a really cool picture from the Sac City bout. It’s a picture from behind: I had just hit a girl, and in the picture you can see that she’s airborne. And directly behind me is [SVRG skater] The Beast, and she hit another girl at the same time, and the girl she hit is also airborne.

The aftermath of Stef & Beast's vicious hit! Photo credit: El Queso Grande

The aftermath of Stef & Beast's vicious hit! Photo credit: El Queso Grande

Who is your favorite skater?

Demanda Riot (of Bay Area Derby Girls) is really good at the slow, really wide snowplow. She’s just so amazing to watch. I also really like watching our coaches Pia Mess, Pandamonium and Brawllen Angel skate- I have so much to learn from them.

What do you love most about SVRG?

I love the camaraderie. We’re a smallish league. Everyone is close and is very supportive of each other.

Who is your biggest fan?

My 20-month old daughter. She already has her own skates, helmet, pads and everything—she goes by “Droolie Andrews.”

Do you have any particular goals for derby this year?

I want to improve my pivoting skills. I really enjoy pivoting.

What do you do when you’re off skates?

I’m a mom. I’m a pattern maker and do a lot of sewing. I go to Burning Man every year.

What would be your advice for new skaters?

Stick with it! Don’t be intimidated. Get out there, go to every practice you can. Get on skates as often as you can, and just stick with it!

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Skater of the Month: Aim DeKill

aim-cooking-spaghetti

Known for her studded belt and studly blocking, Aim DeKill is the type of force that makes the enemy cower. Not only can she deliver powerful hits that sends opponents flying, but she also has the kind of agility that keeps jammers desperately dancing in their efforts to break the pack. Off the track you’d be hard pressed to find a more hospitable and welcoming presence. Above is a picture of her flaunting her cooking skills at a recent SVRG community service event. Aim took the time to answer a few questions about her favorite sport.

How did you get into roller derby?

Thanks to our sister league, The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls. They held several bouts during the 2007 Season at San Jose Civic Auditorium, and I caught one. I was hooked from the second I walked in the door.

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

I skated up and down my block daily as a kid…spent a lot of time at CalSkate and SkateWorld…but hadn’t really skated in about twenty years.

What is your favorite derby memory?

SacredCity(Sacramento) hosted us for the Smack De Mayo in May 2008. Lindsay Lohanded was jamming instead of her usual blocking position. We were nearing 100 points for the first time…the excitement was palpable. Our bench was on the edge of our chairs. Lohanded was surrounded by Sacred’s Disciples when all of the sudden she stepped though their wall – almost like birthing herself from their pack – and took us over 100 points. It is still clearly etched into my retinas and will forever be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in derby.

What has been your worst derby injury, and how did you earn it?

I separated my shoulder once–that was no bueno.

Who are your favorite derby skaters, and why?

All derby girls are amazing, really. But I am most fond of the girls who don’t let their size, their age, or perceived disabilities stop them from pursuing their goals. Susie Roundwheels (Sonoma) is 52. Sassy Chassis (RatCity) is 46. Road Rage (Sacred) is deaf. They’ll all roll skate-to-skate with ya and knock ya flat.

What team would you want to challenge in your “dream bout”?

I’d like to play Lava City in Bend, Oregon someday because I almost moved there before finding Derby and wondered what if I would have found it there…

Who’s your biggest fan?

Hands down – my son, Chip Off the Old Blocker.

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

It’s a lot harder than it looks – but don’t give up. It’s amazing what you discover about yourself in the process.

What’s your favorite thing about SVRG?

The diversity of the girls. We come from all walks of life: we’re married, single, divorced, straight, gay, parents (to human and canine), old, young, fat, skinny, poor and poorer, black, white, Mexican, Asian, Islanders, natives – you wanna label it – we got it! We really do represent the unique diversity of theSouthBay. There’s a 25 year age difference form oldest to youngest in our league. Our league is the epitome of women coming together for a common goal and doing whatever it takes to reach that goal. Every member has a hand in our operations. We are for the skaters, by the skaters – 100%.

What do you enjoy most about derby life off the rink?

I joined this league with one best friend, now I have fifty three. We laugh together, cry together, sweat together and sometimes bleed (green) together.

What other hobbies and interests do you have?

I like to pick locks while singing karaoke, riding a tandem mountain bike for a little over thirty miles. You know, the usual.

Any other words of wisdom to leave us with?

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” -Robert Heinlein

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