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Featured Skater: She-Rex!

By · April 18, 2016 · Filed in Featured Skaters · No Comments »
Introducing…She-Rex!
 
Look out for our new skaters on the track April 23rd!

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What interested you in Roller Derby? How did you get involved in Roller Derby?

I saw my first roller derby bout back in 2012 and found the sport to be beyond interesting.  Itsy Bitsy Fighter was playing for Portland ME and I happened to be dating her brother.  He thought I would love the game and wanted me to try to play, but it was too expensive for me at that time.  I later found that some of my coworkers played and watched a few bouts.  Next thing I knew Rookie Camp was here and I was starting my journey in November 2015.

What is your derby name? Why did you choose your name? What’s the story?

I came up with my derby name while sitting and watching an NHRD game the summer of 2015.  I didn’t even know that I would soon be playing. An Empowered female super hero and a dinosaur walk into a bout… That’s not how it went.  As a child I loved the female super hero She-Ra and dinosaurs are just fun and awesome?  Who doesn’t love a good T-Rex joke?  This is how She-Rex came about.

What is your derby number? Does it have any significance? What’s the story?

895. This is the first three digits of my home phone number growing up.  What’s up Fremont!

When did you start skating? Do you have any other athletic experience?

I started skating when I was in elementary school.  I had blue and white My Little Pony recreational skates that I attempted to skate up, more so down the street in. I also had some great neighbors who had skate parties for their birthdays and let me go to open skate with them.  I started to play softball in the fifth grade until my senior year in high school.  I started to play flag football on a coed team about 3 years ago.

What is your position of choice?

I like jamming, but I need more practice to be an effective jammer.  Blocking is my next favorite. Just put me in coach I love the game!

What team do you skate for? Which committees are you on?

I proudly skate for the Cherry Bombs and Cheap $kates (1, 2, 3, 4, rookies rock the skate floor).  I currently reside on the Merchandise Committee where I get to choose what fun things our fans get to buy.

Do you have any traditions or rituals that you do on game day? Or before game
day? Or before you skate?

This being my first season playing, the only tradition I have is wearing fun socks.

Do you have a derby wife? Why is she your person?

I’m not married.  SWF seeking… nothing!

What is your proudest Derby moment? What was your most difficult moment?

My proudest moment happened to be a day I almost didn’t go to practice.  I wasn’t feeling so great but I figured I would go and leave early if I had to.  I had to try.  I had been struggling just trying to hit the 25 laps in 5 minutes mark for weeks.  I didn’t just make my 25 laps in 5 minutes requirement, I made my 27 laps in 5 minutes getting me to my goal almost a month earlier than I expected. The most difficult moment was when I was told I need to say off skates for 2 weeks during rookie camp.  I was 2 weeks late getting into camp and now I had to miss another 2 weeks.  I had missed 4 weeks of training and wasn’t up to the same level as my peers.  We have some amazing trainers here at NHRD and they reminded me of how far I had come all throughout rookie camp and any practices going forward.

Do you have any derby injuries that you’re proud of? Tell us about them/what happened?

Not so much as proud of this one as I am completely amused.  We had a scrimmage on Sunday and I went to the dentist instead of practice on Monday.  The dentist appointment was not ideal and I was hurting from it.  I fell asleep around 7 that night.  In the morning I went to go hop in the shower and there was what I thought was poop at the top of my butt crack.  I was in a panic for about five seconds when I realized that I wasn’t that out of it the night before.  It was a nice dark purple almost black bruise at the top of my butt crack.  For the love of god I was so happy I didn’t poop my pants.

What is your favorite motivational/ inspirational quote?

Ah push it – push it real good!  Oh yes I went there.  Who doesn’t just want to get up and dance to this song or sing along?  This is my favorite thing to yell to my derby family when we are doing our laps.  I’ll try to bust a move on occasion, but my moves are really just flailing.

Who is your greatest mentor and or/hero? Why?

I honestly don’t have one.

Who would you like to thank in regards to your derby experience?

I would have to thank Prissassin for telling me about rookie camp and helping me get a pair of skates to borrow for the first few weeks.  The Tartlet Dodger for letting me borrow the skates and for all of her kind encouraging words that helped us through rookie camp.  Rush for laying me out flat at practice and all I could do was laugh.  Kink, Irate and the three ladies above for helping me through my rookie camp experience.  I am really thankful to all of the wonderful people who have helped me grow as a skater and a person here at NHRD, rookies too!

How has being involved in Roller Derby changed you?

Derby has made my life more positive.

What is your day job? How do you maintain a balance between your “real” life
and your “derby” life?

During the day I am a Risk Control Self-Assessment Analyst for a major financial holding company.  This is similar to an auditor, but I want to identify issues and work with the business to correct them.  To maintain a balance between life and derby I just prioritize stuff with what’s coming up first and what is going to be the best choice for everyone involved when it is possible.

If you could have one super power/trait what would it be and why?

Oddly, flying and I’m afraid of heights.  I would like to fly so I could see the world.

Did you go through the Rookie program? How was the experience? Would you
suggest/recommend it to new skaters? Tell us about your experience…

I went through the Rookie Program this past November.  The experience was pretty amazing.  The trainers really drill into you the fact that there is no, “I can’t do that”, the correct term is, “I can’t do that yet”.  The next thing you know, you are doing that thing you couldn’t do yet and you weren’t even trying to do it. IT HAPPENED!  The Rookie Program was very encouraging.  Watching people grow with you is just such a good feeling.

What do you look forward most in the 2016 season?

For the 2016 season I am looking forward to growth.  I am amazed by what my teammates and I can do now, that I couldn’t do back in November.  Also I am excited about pairing up with other charities to make positive changes in the lives of others.

What would you say to anyone looking to join roller derby? Advice/motivational words…

Roller derby is a community where everyone belongs.  My team is my other family.  We take care of each other.  If the inner workings of roller derby had a theme song it would be With A Little Help From My Friends.

Why skate with NHRD, show us some love…

I’m New Hampshire native, the “Live Free or Die” state, therefore I skate for NHRD, the “Skate Free or Die” Skate.  Not to mention all of the talent we have associated with our organization on and off skates, NSO’s too.

 

Watch She-Rex on the track this Saturday!

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Featured Skater: Sweet Nyx

By · April 18, 2016 · Filed in Uncategorized · No Comments »

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What interested you in Roller Derby? How did you get involved in Roller Derby?

It was something I had always been interested in and seemed like such a fun alternative for a workout that was also part of a team. After I had decided not to compete in my fitness competition I decided to look into derby…finally!

 

What is your derby name? Why did you choose your name? What’s the story?

Sweet Nyx. I’m 100% Greek so I wanted something that correlated with my ethnicity and what better describes Greeks than mythology and the Gods. Nyx is the Goddess of darkness and night. A shadowy figure so powerful that Zeus himself feared her.

 

What is your derby number? Does it have any significance? What’s the story?

913. The number 9 has made an appearance throughout my life. One of them being that I work as an Interventional Radiologist in a hospital and the room we do all of our special procedures in is in room 9. 13 is lucky number 13!

 

When did you start skating? Do you have any other athletic experience?

I literally started skating in October when I decided to do roller derby. I’m a lifter, that’s my other form of athletic experience. Growing up I was never into sports but the arts so this is a lifestyle change.

 

What is your position of choice?

Jammer! Although I would love to be a stronger blocker.

 

What team do you skate for? Which committees are you on?

Cherry Bombs/ Cheap Skates. I am part of the fundraising committee. Come help support us!

Do you have any traditions or rituals that you do on game day? Or before game day? Or before you skate?

I don’t yet but stay tuned.

 

Do you have a derby wife? Why is she your person?

I have a derby sister but not a wife yet although all my teammates are my family should I need help so we’ll see if one progresses.

 

What is your proudest Derby moment? What was your most difficult moment?

My proudest moment to date would probably be when I was asked to join an all star practice and at the very end we had to skate with our hips open and feet pointed out. I finally did it! My difficult moment is still when I get on the track. I still feel like a deer on its new legs.

 

Do you have any derby injuries that you’re proud of? Tell us about them/what happened?

I don’t have any serious injuries except scratches or bruises. I’m hoping to keep it that way.

 

What is your favorite motivational/ inspirational quote?

And though she be but little she is fierce- William Shakespeare. I have this tattooed on me to remind myself that size doesn’t matter, just be fierce and passionate in all that you do.

 

Who is your greatest mentor and or/hero? Why?

My brother. He had a rough few years and made it through stronger and better than ever. I look at him and think if he can make it, so can I.

 

Who would you like to thank in regards to your derby experience?

All the vets and my teammates. They have continuously supported me and have given me constructive criticism to make me a better skater.

 

How has being involved in Roller Derby changed you?

How hasn’t it?! I am a part of a family. Women of all different backgrounds and lifestyles that have a common bond with me. It is a team like no other.

 

What is your day job? How do you maintain a balance between your “real” life and your “derby” life?

As I mentioned I’m an Interventional Radiologist so although I have a set schedule I’m on call often. The stress of my day job is released during derby. I have to get my aggression out somehow!

 

If you could have one super power/trait what would it be and why?

X-ray vision. It would help my job so much!

 

Did you go through the Rookie program? How was the experience? Would you suggest/recommend it to new skaters? Tell us about your experience…

I did go through rookie camp and it was amazing. I would definitely suggest going through camp to get the basics down at a comfortable pace with the help of seasoned skaters.

 

What do you look forward most in the 2016 season?

To get on the track!!

 

What would you say to anyone looking to join roller derby? Advice/motivational words…

Just do it! You certainly won’t regret it and you’ll meet a wonderful group of people.

 

Why skate with NHRD, show us some love…Skate with us!

Skate with NHRD and be a part of an organization run by your peers. It is truly an experience.

Featured Skater: Stagersaurus

By · April 11, 2016 · Filed in Featured Skaters · No Comments »

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What interested you in Roller Derby? How did you get involved in Roller Derby?
I used to play rugby, but during my first year in grad school, I decided to mix things up. I found a roller derby league in State College, PA and skated with them for 2 years, until I moved to New England. I stuck with roller derby because it was both challenging and rewarding.

What is your derby name? Why did you choose your name? What’s the story?
A friend actually came up with this name in high school, and it stuck. I really like dinosaurs, so it seemed like the perfect fit.

What is your derby number? Does it have any significance? What’s the story?
11 has been my lucky number since I was a kid.

When did you start skating? Do you have any other athletic experience?
I used to roller blade a bit as a kid. But when I started roller derby, it was probably close to 10 years since I last skated. I played most sports growing up- softball, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, and rugby.

What is your position of choice?
I enjoy blocking. Maybe one day I will enjoy jamming, too!

What team do you skate for? Which committees are you on?
I currently skate for the Bombs. I am on the Bout Production committee and the Training committee.

Do you have any traditions or rituals that you do on game day? Or before game day? Or before you skate?
I don’t currently have any traditions.

Do you have a derby wife? Why is she your person?
I have a derby wife from my previous league in State College. Her name is Sasshole. She’s awesome.

What is your proudest Derby moment? What was your most difficult moment?
My proudest moment may have been finally passing my 27/5 at the last possible moment so I could be rostered for the State College Plan B, just in time for our first bout. My most difficult moment was my ankle/foot injury that sidelined me for 6 months.

Do you have any derby injuries that you’re proud of? Tell us about them/what happened?
I don’t know that I’m necessarily proud of it, but I did break my foot/ankle at practice. I didn’t quite believe I had done any serious damage, but my derby wife made me get Xrays and an MRI (besides the fact that I love her, this is why I keep her around). The doctors at first didn’t quite believe it either, but I did fracture/nearly completely break my Talus. I also found out I was born with extra bones in my foot, so there’s that.

What is your favorite motivational/ inspirational quote?
I kind of like “Do or do not, there is no try.”

Who is your greatest mentor and or/hero? Why?
My derby wife might be the strongest and most inspirational person I’ve ever met. She doesn’t let anything stop her, and I admire that.

Who would you like to thank in regards to your derby experience?
My previous league, State College Area Roller Derby. Thank you for everything!

How has being involved in Roller Derby changed you?
The derby community is very accepting of all people, body types, and skill levels. It has taught me to accept myself, and to love my body and what it is capable of. Yay body positivity!

What is your day job? How do you maintain a balance between your “real” life and your “derby” life?
I’m an environmental engineer for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Balancing both lives, especially when they physically exist an hour apart, is difficult but worth it.

If you could have one super power/trait what would it be and why?
I wouldn’t mind being able to teleport. It would save time and car miles when I visit PA.

Did you go through the Rookie program? How was the experience? Would you suggest/recommend it to new skaters? Tell us about your experience…
I officially went through fresh meat with my former league, but participated in rookie practices with NHRD. I highly recommend going through the rookie program if you have any interest in roller derby.

What do you look forward most in the 2016 season?
I look forward to being back on skates and bouting!

What would you say to anyone looking to join roller derby? Advice/motivational words…
Seriously, just do it.

Why skate with NHRD, show us some love…
You should skate with NHRD because we’re a great group of women!

All-Star T-Shirt Booster!

By · March 22, 2016 · Filed in Skate Free or Die All-Stars · No Comments »

Love Zombies? Love Roller Derby?

We have a shirt for you!

Support the local NHRD All-Stars by purchasing a super awesome one of a kind shirt!

For every shirt sold, the All-Stars  are one step closer to having more practice time
and being able to travel for away games. Every purchase helps!
We want to see you all on the side line wearing our swag!

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Featured Skater: Zom B. Hunt-Her #42

By · September 4, 2015 · Filed in Featured Skaters, NHRD Cherry Bombs · No Comments »

Zombie Hunt-Her tells us what Roller Derby means to her!


Video by: Kathryn Roberts          Collaborator: Dixon Vixon

After 4 seasons, Hunt-Her has become an amazing asset to her team, the Cherry Bombs, as well as the league. She continues to push herself and learn from every experience. Hunt-Her spent her first 3 seasons on the Seabrook Meltdowns and this year was her first season playing on a travel team.

Not only will she not let you pass by blocking you all day and all night, she will also wear that jammer helmet cover like it’s no ones business. Being a jammer isn’t her primary position, but she sure wears it well. Without a doubt, when you see her coming your way you better watch out — she will knock you down.

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Photo by: Hispanic Attack

 

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Photo by: Brian Woodbury  

 

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Photo by: Kevin Pillsbury

Roller Derby: A New Wave in Female Empowerment

By · September 4, 2015 · Filed in News/Media · No Comments »

We were recently featured in an article about The Roller Derby: A New Wave in Female Empowerment. If you’re interested in New Hampshire Real Estate, check out some of what they have to offer for Manchester, NH Real Estate.

New Hampshire Roller Derby debuts changes for 2015 season

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New Hampshire Roller Derby’s new logo, which will be featured on all travel team skaters’ uniforms.

New Hampshire Roller Derby (NHRD) is kicking off 2015 with a new look and a cohesive new training program. The league recently implemented several changes, including adopting a new logo, stronger team branding and opening membership to women aged 18 and above.

Both of NHRD’s current A and B travel teams, the Skate Free or Die All-Stars and the Queen City Cherry Bombs, will undergo changes to their look. Skate Free or Die will skate as the New Hampshire Roller Derby All-Stars and the Queen City Cherry Bombs will be known as the New Hampshire Roller Derby Cherry Bombs.

For further cohesion, both teams will wear the standout bright pink NHRD is known for and all travel team uniforms will feature an updated league logo.

The new logo more fully represents the athleticism of NHRD skaters, as well as the league’s pride in its home state. As New Hampshire’s first roller derby league, NHRD represents the state throughout the United States and the world and the new logo reflects the strength of New Hampshire and NHRD.

New Hampshire Roller Derby closed out the 2014 season ranked #41 in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, which ranks over 200 roller derby teams internationally.

Behind the scenes, the league voted to put its home teams on a break for the season — including the Seabrook Meltdowns, Granite Skate Troopers and 2014 Home Team Champions, the Nightmares on Elm Street. This break will allow skaters to focus on training and recruitment. Though those teams are not actively competing, they will remain active behind the scenes and will be back to public competition shortly.

In order to encourage competition and open membership up to a broader base, the league recently voted to accept members aged 18 and up. Previously members were required to be 21. Women 18 and over can join the league as part of its Millyard Misfits, a recreational team open to beginning derby skaters regardless of experience or skill level.

Training of the A and B teams will be more focused and collaborative, in order to ensure that each team is able to put forward its most competitive roster on game day. Each travel team member will wear the same uniform, which will facilitate growth from one team to the other and clearly identify NHRD athletes no matter which team they are skating with.

The whole league will skate under the motto: Skate Free or Die!, continuing to honor the league’s home state.

NHRD’s 2015 home season begins April 11 at the JFK Arena in Manchester, NH, and will run through the summer. Tickets and additional information are available at the newly redesigned nhrollerderby.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newhampshirederby.

United We Slam

By · April 8, 2014 · Filed in Skater Bloggers · No Comments »

BY DARRELL MAKI, HUBBY OF NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET RENNA GADE
Guest Blogger

United we slam….
Pssst…hey you.
Yeah, you.
Are you tired of all these prima donna athletes, complaining about their million-dollar contracts and media scrutiny?

Come to Manchester's JFK Coliseum to see New Hampshire Roller Derby's Season Opener Double Header this Saturday, April 12. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., first whistle at 5 p.m. Wear red to the bout and $1 will be donated to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchchock, our featured charity for this bout!

Come to Manchester’s JFK Coliseum to see New Hampshire Roller Derby’s Season Opener Double Header this Saturday, April 12. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., first whistle at 5 p.m. Wear red to the bout and $1 will be donated to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchchock, our featured charity for this bout!

Have you spent years living and dying on every play your team has made (or blown), only to watch your favorite player turn around and leave in the offseason?
And aren’t you disgusted how these guys never think twice to even play for an arch-rival (of all things!) when the opportunity and cash arises?
Well, do you know what the problem is?
It’s very simple, really.
You got into this for the purity of the competition.
You got into this to see athletes performing at the peak of their abilities.
You got into this to watch the best face off against the best, to see who would come out victorious.
And then you got turned off by all their contracts, needs, and drama.
Well have WE got a solution for you….
Ditch the glitz, ditch the glamour.
It’s time to kick some ass.
Finally.
Say hello to the New Hampshire Roller Derby.
And leave your inhibitions at the door.
These ladies are here to show you exactly what pure competition is all about.
They practice late nights and weekends, in semi-abandoned concrete-and-steel buildings, places with names like ‘House of Hustle.’
Some of their team names are Misfits, Cherry Bombs, and Nightmares.
They workout at places such as the ‘Freak Factory.’
And they are Not. Afraid. Of. Pain.
Their jammers are faster than yours.
And for the uninitiated, the jammer is the one that gets to skate at top speed directly into the entirety of the opponents’ team.
And that opposition, in turn, is there to specifically stop her from getting through at all.
It’s a battle of will, not numbers, and it’s amazing how frequently the ‘one’ outperforms the ‘many.’
They are tough, they are quick, and when they are knocked down, they _always_ get back up.
But don’t trust me….come see for yourselves.
The original Fight Club may have taken place in basements, but these girls can be found at the JFK coliseum.
Grab a beer, grab a seat, and enjoy the show.
Come see a sport that is played by people who invest their own time and money into it, solely for the love of the game.
No soap operas, no side stories, no drama.
Just action. And lots of it.
This is a collective, functioning as a mission statement:
A non-profit league that believes bruises and scars are to be worn as badges of honor.
So think about *that* the next time Johnny Baseball goes on the IR for 4-6 weeks with a sore hamstring.
And welcome to the club.
Amen.

From Fresh Meat to Rookie of the Year – shellATTACKacardia

By · March 21, 2014 · Filed in Featured Skaters, Queen City Cherry Bombs · 1 Comment »
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Photo by Millyard Studios

I chose to feature Shell as the April Skater of the Month because Shell is an inspiration to me! She’s got guts for days, tons of heart and never gives up. She showed up to boot camp in jeans and looked like Bambi on ice and had enough drive and determination to learn all she could. I still tell the story in fresh meat training of how she came up to me in our first month and said, “Bash, hit me as hard as you can. I want to know what it feels like.” I was taken back by this little spitfire and while I didn’t hit her then, I did hit her in her first bout ever. Shell was jamming and I lifted her up off her skates over and over again. Her mom hated me for a little while!  The thing I love most about Shell was that she got right back up. Every. Single. Time. She hugged me after the bout and told me how much fun she had.  Shell is always asking me (and everyone) for feedback and really tries to apply it. She is the true definition of what a derby player is and the best part is that I know she will be totally surprised that I wrote this. Look out for her this season and in years to come!

A truly deserving skater, an awesome person, and April’s Skater of the Month! shellATTACKacardia!!!  

 

 How did you get into playing roller derby?

I saw an ad somewhere (I can’t remember where) and I noticed the outfit the derby girl had on was wild and crazy … and I liked it!  I hadn’t worn roller skates since elementary school, but I was looking for something in my life to distract me from the day-to-day.   I looked up the website for NHRD and saw that the first boot camp was coming up.  I showed up (in jeans) to the first boot camp.  I can remember being greeted at the check-in table by you and immediately felt welcomed and excited! I regretted my attire almost instantly and felt like an unsteady giraffe on wheels at first.  I remember the veteran skaters rolling around while they explained things to us and being so impressed by the way they looked like they were on their own two feet … but they were on wheels!  At that moment … I wanted to be able to do that.  I quickly learned that roller derby wasn’t about the wild and crazy outfits … this was a sport … and I wanted to be a part of it.  From that day on, I just kept showing up … and I fell in love with derby and the people.

 

Photo by Shell's husband

Photo by Shell’s husband

What has been the hardest thing to overcome in your derby career?

The hardest thing to overcome in derby has been myself.  Derby is not only physically challenging, but it is extremely mentally challenging.  I have had days that I beat myself up for not skating harder, skating better or repeating my mistakes.  Although this has been a challenge to just “push on” it has also been a blessing.  It’s so funny how someone in my derby family will give me that word of praise or advise that I needed exactly at that point in time.  Derby is such a metaphor for life in my opinion.  Life will knock you on your ass … (hard and painfully) but you have to GET UP.  Derby has shown me just how determined I can be.

 

How did it feel going from fresh meat to winning NHRD’s Rookie of the Year?

Call me a sap, but it was probably one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had.  I looked over at my mom during the awards ceremony when they called my name and I just started to cry.  She said, “That’s YOU … go get your award!”  It felt so good to be recognized by such an amazing group of people that I have learned so much from.

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Shell might get knocked down, but she’s always right back up on her feet!  Photo by Paul Erhardt

 

Any derby role models? Any favorite teams?

My role models for derby are right here in New Hampshire.  I could pick out a trait of each skater on my league that I admire. As far as a role model for derby, it’s hard to pick just one.  I have received so much encouragement and guidance from a lot of people on the league.  Bash and Pammy always believe in me, which helps me to believe in myself. They have taught me so much! Ovie, Priss, Crue, Deck, Pixie and Spots have given me some great tips and encouragement as  well.  SFOD has a jammer pool of awesomeness.  I would definitely say each one of them are my jammer role models.

 

Do you have a bout day routine? What’s your favorite pre-bout food? 

I have only had one season so far to experience bout days.  So far my bout days have consisted of hanging out in the morning, drinking coffee with my derby wife, Lani, my hubby Mike, and or my mom just relaxing.  Then the nerves kick in and I try to force down breakfast consisting of whatever I feel like. I usually top that off with a prayer and a Red Bull, then i’ts go time.  I know, not that healthy of a bout routine.  I’ll have to tweak that somewhat this season.

 

What has been the most positive thing that you’ve gotten out of derby?

So much positive! Where do I start?  I have so much fun skating and I just truly enjoy the game itself.  I’ve met some amazing women who are true athletes.  I feel so privileged to be a part of a league that allows me to be trained by such amazing skaters.  I’ve enjoyed so many great times that were initiated by derby.  All the bouts, parties, parades and charity events that I wouldn’t have been a part of if it weren’t for derby.  My family has been transformed into derby fans and it brings me so much joy to have them at my bouts cheering us on, and they never seem to stop amazing me with their love and support.  Derby has also snowballed into giving me a whole new motivation for my physical fitness, too.  I have been working out on my off days of derby at the gym or with Freak Factory New England.  I can feel my body changing for the better and it feels great!

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Shell jamming for her former home team, the Granite Skate Troopers.  Photo by Mike Hanson

 

What are you looking forward to most this season being on the Queen City Cherry Bombs?

I’m looking forward to becoming a better skater overall.  I feel like with each season there is so much opportunity for growth. I want to get myself in shape so that I can jam faster, harder and score some points!  I’m super excited to travel with my team and to experience bouts against opponents who I don’t know.  I also look forward to some great times with my teammates on and off the track.

 

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Flyer by Jena Cotreau

What advice would you give to anyone looking to join NHRD? 

My advice would be to DO IT! There is really nothing but positive gains you will get from derby.  It’s awesome too that we have the recreational team now that allows you to join and learn derby without the commitment right off the bat.  Then when you fall in love (not if, when) with derby you can get yourself drafted to a team.  It’s the perfect venue to meet great people, get an awesome work out, and to have so much fun!

 

You can see Shell skate this month at the NHRD Season Opener bout on Saturday April 12th at the JFK Coliseum in Manchester. At 5 p.m., the Granite Skate Troopers will take on the defending champs, the Nightmares on Elm Street. At 7 p.m. Shell’s team, the Queen City Cherry Bombs, will take on Maine Roller Derby’s Calamity Janes. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and first whistle will be at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12  at the door. Kids 10 and younger are always FREE!

Double Feature Derby Wives of the Month – Chicka Chicka “Bam” Bam & McKilla Queen!

By · February 28, 2014 · Filed in Featured Skaters, Skate Free or Die All-Stars · 2 Comments »

I wanted to interview one of these ladies for the March “Skater of the Month” article, but then I thought, “I can’t really feature one without the other!” In case you were unaware, my Skate Free or Die teammates Killa & Bam are basically inseparable, sometimes match their outfits unintentionally, and sometimes fight like they’re dating…but they’re not. They’re derby wives. Both are long-standing league members and 2014 charter skaters of the Skate Free or Die All-Stars.

So, I decided to get some perspective from them on “who is your derby wife and what does she do” (in my best Arnold voice) because it’s only fitting that these two be featured together!  Please let me introduce your Derby Wives of the Month: Chicka Chicka “Bam” Bam & McKilla Queen!

ECDX- 2012

ECDX- 2012

How did you get into playing roller derby? 

Killa: I have been roller skating since before I can remember. I was a competitive artistic roller skater from age two to 18. It was my life. I first heard about NHRD from a newspaper article back in 2008, and derby seemed like just the thing I was looking for. I really missed roller skating! With a push from my best friend, I finally had the courage and the means to go to fresh meat tryouts in 2010. I walked into tryouts with just my skates…no gear…nothing! I even had to borrow a mouth guard (ew ew ewww!!) I had no idea what I was getting myself into…I just knew that I knew how to skate, and doing something so unlike artistic skating was refreshing. The challenge, the team work, the friendships, the physical and mental limits I’ve had to push are what really got me hooked.

Bam: When I graduated college I moved outside of Boston and was looking for a new gym to join. I stumbled across a website about extreme sports that listed roller derby. Right around that time I saw the trailer for the movie “Whip It” and knew I had to check out a game. While visiting my parents in New York I went to an Albany All-Stars bout. The next morning I was at my childhood rink renting skates to see if I could still stand up. Thirty minutes later I was doing crossovers and signed up for tryouts!

We hear all the time about how you two are derby wives. What does the definition of a derby wife mean to you?

Bam: A derby wife is more than a best friend. They’re the person that you’re closest with in derby and outside of derby. A wife is the one that you can count on for anything and know they will have your back no matter what. They’re the person that you go over every single thing with and can have no filter. When you’ve been wives as long as we have you basically become one brain. We can have an entire conversation with one look.

 Killa: A derby wife is its own kind of beast. A derby wife is not just your best friend in derby, she is not just another teammate, and she is the person that helps guide you to reach your goals. A derby wife is there for you for a reality check when you need it, and she has your back, even if you’re just being a little crazy. She’s there for you for your “real life” issues, and is the one to steer you in the right direction. Simply because knows your derby/real-life balance… And just helps get to where you want to be.

Seabrook Meltdowns bench team!

How long have you been derby wives? How did you meet?

Killa: Bam and I have been derby wives since my first season, back in 2011. It     wasn’t your typical, “love at first sight” type of story either. I don’t think we really even have a story… we actually didn’t even speak to each other in the first 4 months that I joined NHRD! We had a few memorable moments together, before we actually declared ourselves wives… Like that one time Bam and Gil T destroyed my MVP trophy from my first bout ever. They say it was an accident… I call it hazing. haha :)

There is one particular moment that I knew she’d be the perfect derby wife… It was at my first after party at one of our home games.. I wasn’t planning on staying long and Bam called my boyfriend at the time and convinced him to drive all the way to Manchester to pick me up, just so I could stay and drink (safety first!!). Next thing I knew, both of our boyfriends were holding our purses, and we were off dancing and doing god knows what else, I don’t remember.

Bam: Almost 3 years! McKilla joined NHRD a year after I had. She came in as an experienced skater so I noticed who she was, but a couple of months went by before our paths really crossed. She talked trash to me on the track, which is directly the way to my heart! I immediately knew she was cool and that I had to be friends with this girl. At her first after party I pulled her onto the dance floor and we’ve been experiencing shenanigans together ever since.

What type of support does your derby wife give you as a teammate? How is it different from the support from your other teammates?

Photo by Sean "Hale Yeah"

Division 1 playoff win – 2013 Photo by Sean “Hale Yeah”

Bam: McKilla is my biggest fan and the first person I call on for help. There’s really nothing better than hearing “That’s my wife!” yelled when I’m on the track. I think the best way that McKilla supports me is simply just being there. We spend a LOT of time together. It’s really nice to have someone that you can always talk to and makes you feel comfortable no matter the situation you’re in.

Support from my derby wife is different than that of my other teammates because it means the most to me. McKilla gets just as excited for my accomplishments as she does her own. There are a lot of things in derby and outside of derby that I can’t imagine having gotten through without her. #singlemomproblems with my dog, Toby, just to mention one.

Killa: I can honestly say I wouldn’t still be playing roller derby if it weren’t for Bam. She knows exactly what I need to hear and when I need it…Whether it’s the tough love approach of, “get your ass out of bed you’re coming to practice.” Or she’s the one to tell me I had a good practice, and that my outside hits were getting better. She is able to keep me on the right path with the ups and downs of derby life.

What makes her different than just a teammate is that she knows what I’m capable of. She knows what makes me tick, and knows my journey. Her support means most to me, and I know that when she says something…she means it…there’s no bull with her.

What is your favorite thing that you’ve accomplished together in derby or otherwise? 

SFOD Toys for Tots Pancake Breakfast - 2013

SFOD Toys for Tots Pancake Breakfast – 2013

Killa: Winning our 2nd game at ECDX 2012. It was our first tournament, and the first time that we realized that all our hard work actually brought us somewhere!  SFOD focused on becoming a competitive team that year, and this was the first moment that we realized all the work we put in was paying off. It was just such a cool feeling to share that with someone who was there from the very beginning of it all…every scrimmage, every Sunday morning practice, every time I wanted to die after jamming…we shared all those moments together, and to see it all come together at ECDX is something I can never forget.

Bam: Making it to Division 1 Tournament together has to be my favorite. As a whole team it was a great accomplishment but I definitely couldn’t imagine experiencing the whole weekend without my wife. We have traveled together a lot and have special memories from each trip but nothing comes close to Tournament. It was great to have so many “firsts” together that weekend and to have her there for the most fun and intense derby competition that we’ve ever been in.

What are you looking forward to in 2014? 

 Killa:  Not being the underdog anymore! SFOD has worked SO hard these last few seasons to become a Division 1 team. Now we’re there! Now is our time to prove that our success wasn’t just a fluke. I’m excited to raise the bar, push ourselves to new limits, and see the results of what we’re really capable of. Who is NH? WE ARE!

Bam: Building on the success of Skate Free or Die’s 2013 season! It was amazing to grow as a team and see our hard work pay off last year. Nothing is more motivating than exceeding the goals that we set in the beginning of the 2013 season. We are ready to put in the time and do it again!

Season_Opener - Copy

SFOD is traveling to Ohio at the end of March for the team’s first bout of the season but you can see these two in action at NHRD’s home bouts for the 2014 season. Check out the schedule for updates of when SFOD will be bouting at the JFK in Manchester. You can also meet them in person at NHRD’s Season Opener Party on Saturday March 22 at the Derryfield in Manchester, NH.  - Interview by Bash