Skater of the Month: Broken BabyDoll
How did you get into roller derby?
I found out about SVRG back in May of 2007. For my birthday I went to see B.A.D. play and some girls from SVRG where there representing. I was completely hooked after the first jam and wanted to get involved as soon as possible. About a week later I went to the rink and bought a cheap pair of skates and started going to open skate. About mid-June I went to my first practice and never looked back.
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I hadn’t been on skates since I was little. I got my first pair when I was 3 years old. We use to go to the local skating rink in Missoula, Montana, until it was closed down. As far as other skills I played basketball and used to dance.
How did you derive your derby name?
One of the skaters that would help us out Little Miss Sunshiner helped come up with the name. Because I was so small I got knocked around and she kept saying I looked like a baby doll being thrown. The Broken part came because I want to keep my nickname BB. Go figure that about a year later I would have two back surgeries and really live up to the name.
What is your primary position?
I play both blocker and jammer.
What is your greatest strength as a skater? What do you contribute most to the team?
My brains and understanding of the game.
What has been your greatest experience on the rink?
My greatest experience was playing my first game after having two back surgeries.
What was your worst derby injury, and how did you earn it?
Sadly, I sprained my ankle while doing spank alley.
Who are your biggest fans?
My family. They have been supportive since day one and continue to be so.
Who do you like to partner up with on the track? Which teammates do you work well with?
I like to partner up with everybody. I can’t think of one skater in particular. I pick different ones based on what skill I want to focus on.
What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?
I am the Head of Safety.
How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?
I have no other life right now.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?
Be willing to listen and work hard; it does pay off in the end.