Skater of the Month: Take-Out Dinah
Our September Skater of the Month will slay you with her kindness and brilliant smile. Take-Out Dinah began her derby journey when she attended an SVRG bout. At the beginning of 2013, Dinah transferred to SVRG from the Peninsula Roller Girls, and rostered throughout the season for each the KillaBytes and the Hard Drivers. Dinah is a double threat jammer and blocker, always up to play any position. If you ever saw her doing push-ups, it was because she had been overheard apologizing - there’s no “sorry!” in roller derby. She will either quit apologizing, or will have killer arms.
Congratulations Dinah, and good luck on your move! Your SVRG leaguemates hope they love you as much in New York as we do here in Silicon Valley.
How did you get into roller derby?
I had just moved to California and was driving around on a Saturday with nothing to do when I saw a sign that said "Silicon Valley Roller Girls Derby Tonight!” I made an illegal turn immediately to get there! I watched the bout and knew I had to join. Fortunately, a boot camp was about to start - so bought my gear on Sunday and started derby on Tuesday.
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I did triathlons but had not been on skates for 20 years when I started.
How did you derive your derby name?
It was destiny: I was eating at my favorite diner and my husband came up with it. The name totally fit!
What is your primary position?
I'd say a little of jamming, a little of blocking.
What is your greatest strength as a skater?
I'm not sure what the team would say, but I think my greatest strength is not giving up. I'll die trying! I contribute sportsmanship: I love derby and don't want my teammates to forget they do too - we can compete yet not tear each other down. (Does this sound like something your mom would say?)
What has been your greatest experience on the rink?
Hands down it was my first SVRG practice. I came in thinking "I'm in good shape," and left a mess, barely able to stand. I could barely walk to my car but I finished the practice! Endurance practice is not a joke; this team is athletic.
What has been your worst injury?
I got a pretty ugly concussion this year, but my worst "injury" kept me off the track for 9 months - I found out I was pregnant a month before my first bout.
Who is your biggest fan?
My husband, who is a very supportive derby widow, and my baby. He's a little derby baby, and he started going to my bouts when he was 3 weeks old.
Who do you like to partner up with on the track?
I feel confident skating with anyone on my team because I trust them all. But I love to be in a pack with Unleasha Moore. As a plus, her mom buys me cotton candy.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Sadly, I'll be watching from afar now because I’m relocating to New York, but I'm excited to see our ranking rise!
What do you contribute to SVRG off the track?
I contribute style! I do bout makeup and create helmet stickers because I want my teammies to look good!
How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?
In my civilian life, I'm a makeup artist. You can usually find me riding my pink scooter around the city looking for the best baked goods. (Note: It's a Spoonful of Sugar, owned and operated by Skater Tots!)
What is the one piece of advice you would give people interested in playing roller derby?
Forget about what you think derby is and start cross-training!
What kinds of skates and gear do you use?
I skate on Riedell She Devils and Poison Slim wheels. My helmet, elbow and wrist guards are Triple Eight and my knee pads are 187 Derby Pros.
Anything else we should know about you?
I will always bleed green, I love SVRG!