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Skater of the Month: Bitch Puddin’

Posted on March 21st, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Photo: Jim Cottingham

Crafty, sassy and hard-working, Bitch Puddin’ is the March 2013 Skater of the Month. Though recently retired, Puddin’ remains an involved member of SVRG. She was nominated for her excellent work on running the Beer Garden at our 2013 home opener. We’ll miss her on the track, but are glad that she’s still a part of our community. Perhaps her alter ego will come out to play at an upcoming bout. Congratulations, Puddin’!

How did you find out about/get into roller derby?
My husband and I were in San Francisco to see ShEvil Dead play the Richmond Wrecking Belles at Fort Mason in 2008. It was my first real derby bout. I was in complete awe. The energy was amazing. That's where I saw Brawlin' Angel for the first time. How can you not want to play derby after seeing her in action? The following week I found SVRG, bought skates and became involved with the most amazing group of girls ever.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I wasn't very athletic after age 10, but my family did move quite a bit so I could lift heavy things.

How did you derive your derby name and number?
The name came from Robot Chicken. Bitch Puddin' is one of the characters. When she came out saying "Blam! Y’all get a taste of the Bitch Puddin," I had to go with it. My number Triple 5, or 555 as it was originally written, came from a drinking dice game where getting triple 5s means pain for everyone but yourself.

Who is your biggest fan?
All of my friends and family have been super supportive whether or not they have seen me skate. I would say that my husband is my biggest fan.

I do want to give a huge shout out to the patrons and owners of Fred's Place and Teske's Germania for all their support. Love you guys and gals!

What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?
I was Head of Merchandise during my first year and a half, spent a lot of time working at our fundraisers, and currently work the beer garden. I gave the Circuit Jerks their name (I'm really proud of that one).

Why are you still involved now that you are retired?
I love the girls but I'm not a social person by nature. Staying involved keeps me in touch with everyone.

What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Work has taken over most of my time but I do get to spend more time crafting with my Mom.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give skaters interested in playing roller derby?  
You get out what you put in to it, so always put in no less than 100%.

Anything else we should know about you?
I love traveling, shopping, crocheting, red wine,  and have an unhealthy addiction to post-it notes and yarn. And my alter ego is Flantastico!

Photo: Jim Cottingham

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