March Official/Volunteer of the Month: Tara Byte
When and how did you first get involved in roller derby?
Everyone is going to laugh when they read this. In 2009 a friend and I went to see “Whip it”. My friend fell in love with derby and started to look for a place to participate the next day. I could not skate and dismayed I knew I would never be a part of derby. But wait.. She found out that you can do this thing called NSO’ing if you can not skate. My First bout I was a scorekeeper to Texas Teabag, My head NSO was Dual Cannoz and I rode with Weavin Kohl Bear. I was hooked and have since that day been a part of derby.
Favorite bout/memory from a bout that you have officiated?
This is hard. I have so many memories as an official. I remember my first time officiating fondly. I also remember the first time I was a Tournament head and my first tournament. But I have to say that remember the time that Ewen Jected saved me from being taken out by a skater. She took out my legs, he grabbed my waist, I caught my footing like nothing happened.
Besides being head NSO what other jobs to you tackle within SVRG?
Currently I am also the WFTDA head, which means I am the contact between SVRG and the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. I make sure that we are represented within the Association with voting. We also make sure all documents get signed and that everyone has insurance. I have in the past worked with the Fundraising committee as well.
Any goals for 2014?
I have three goals this year.
1. Get my level 2 certification. - Completed
2. Work Championships.