Skater of the Month: Skater Tots
What attracted you to roller derby?
A friend on Facebook kept posting about it.
Did you skate or play another sport before starting derby?
No, I was the kid who got picked last for recess games and decided people who ran were dumb, so I would walk the whole time during the Jog-a-thon. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I started becoming more active and that was mainly with hiking and yoga.
How did you choose your derby name?
My dad calls me “tates” or “taters” so it was a play off of that. LauRAWR's boyfriend GilBurrito thought of it. He's so clever!
What’s your favorite (derby) position?
I like to block, but lately I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone and jam more.
What are you known for on the track? What’s your superpower?
Uh...I make people think of cake and it is a distraction?
Do you have a pre-game ritual?
Nope. I just make sure I don't stink before.
Tell us about your greatest derby experience.
I’ve had lots of amazing experiences through derby. I can't really pick out the "greatest." It’s just awesome to go from thinking, "Man, I could never do that," to saying, "Look! I’m doing it!" which happens a lot in derby when you push yourself.
Describe your gnarliest injury.
Broke and dislocated my ankle this past January during a Sunday derby practice. The following week I had surgery and they put in a metal plate and ten screws. It has been heartbreaking not to be able to skate these past three months but I am thankful for all the support I have received from my teammates. Plus I now have a big gnarly scar—scars are cool right?
What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?
I am head of Human Resources. I get to handle lots of paperwork and educate people about the Policies and Procedures.
When you’re not skating, how do you pass the time? What other passions do you have?
I have my own wedding and specialty cake business, A Spoonful of Sugar in San Francisco which takes up a lot of time! I like to get ice cream with my BFF LauRAWR, see movies with Spankin' Firecracker, hang with my MLOA buddy Lindsay Lohanded, watch RuPaul's Drag Race, cuddle with my adorable kitty cats, and spend time with my boyfriend Baker.
Who are your heroes of roller derby?
Bonnie Thunders from Gotham. When she is stuck behind a wall, it’s like she doesn't even have skates on!
I look up to lots of girls on SVRG. I hope to be able to make a comeback like Bionic BabyDoll after her back surgery. Every time I think about how much it sucks to not be able to skate for 4-6 months, I remember that she couldn't skate for like two years. Now she's becoming a beast!
Can you offer any advice to people who are interested in derby?
Don't be afraid of screwing up. It takes a lot of time, effort, and just plain hard work. Never think that you've got something down because you can always improve. Be humble and ask questions. If you just want to be good enough then this isn't the sport for you.