Skater of the Month: Brigid Fitch
Our June Skater of the Month is a valued, long-time member of the SVRG community. Brigid Fitch began her derby journey four years ago, and in the process participated in Bootcamp, helped to found the Circuit Jerks program, overcame serious injury, and contributed in countless ways. She is currently a skater for both the KillaBytes and the Hard Drivers. Number 0K (that’s zero Kelvin for the scientifically inclined) recently skated with the Hard Drivers at the Battle of the C Squads tournament in Sonora. Congratulations, Fitch!
How did you get into roller derby?
My friend Shannon took me to a Bay Area Derby Girls bout and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. A little research led me to SVRG. I enrolled in an upcoming SVRG Bootcamp and thus began one of the greatest adventures of my life. Aim de Kill, Stevie Knickers, Blow Hole, AbScab... the women I met during those first eight weeks continue to support and amaze me four years later. It’s pretty incredible.
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I could skate. I wasn’t so good at stopping and had zero crossover abilities.
How did you derive your derby name?
Pia Mess posted a list of unused derby names to our internal forum, and Brigid Fitch called to me. It also allowed me to have a really nerdy number.
What has been your greatest experience on the rink?
Playing with the KillaBytes against San Fernando and winning.
Have you been seriously injured?
I herniated a disk which took me out of derby for nine months. The most visually impressive injury was a bruise I got this year during a scrimmage with SCDG. I flew up into the air and landed on another girl’s skate wheel. You could see the edge of her plate in the bruise and it was perfectly round. Darn thing still hurts two months later.
Who is your biggest fan?
My mom. She has been to all my home bouts and carries around pictures of me in uniform and playing to show people when she travels for work. (She also carries a picture of my sister’s leg from when she was in a tattoo magazine photoshoot. That’s just the kind of mom she is.)
Who do you like to partner up with on the track?
I love playing with any of the Killas or Hard Drivers because every one of them has a great attitude. Skater Tots, Adrinaline Crush and I are a fierce team together.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
I am retiring after the Attack of the C Squads tournament, so I won’t be with the league as a competitive skater. However, I look forward to maintaining all the fantastic relationships I’ve developed with people through the sport and continuing to play with the Circuit Jerks. I’ll also be helping with Junior Derby, which I love. And of course, I will continue to help my league to win the after parties.
How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?
I teach fourth grade at Capri Elementary school. In my derby retirement, I plan to ride my motorcycle more, learn how to swing dance, and enjoy being able to go to sleep without ice packs and heating pads.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give people interested in playing roller derby?
Don’t be afraid to look like an ass. Try all the things that you don’t do well at in practice. Trust your teammates. Have fun.