Skater of the Month: Aim DeKill
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