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Skater of the Month: Skater Tots

Posted on May 10th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

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 ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Patty Hearse

Posted on April 2nd, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 2 comments

What attracted you to roller derby?
An old friend of mine was starting a roller derby team in Morgan Hill in April of 2010, and it just spoke to me instantly. I first looked at it as a way to exercise and stay in shape, but then when I actually started skating I loved the actual sport of it. My husband and I have always been athletic. He works out all the time and this is my way of keeping up with him. It’s something of my own that he can't do. Derby skaters are athletes and I dare someone to tell me otherwise.

How did you choose your derby name?
My dad actually gave me the name. It’s in reference to the kidnapping of Patty Hearst in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Google it. He thought I should change the Hearst to Hearse since my husband (a.k.a. “Wu”) owns ... Read More »


Hotter on Hiatus

Posted on March 5th, by demonic in Training. 1 Comment

SVRG is back and hotter than ever! We were busy this off season. Pia Mess challenged the league to lose weight and increase stamina over the winter break. With weekly workouts and nutrition tips, our ladies shed pounds and gained muscle.

Help us congratulate the winner of the hotter on hiatus challenge! Assistant Coach Aim DeKill won the weight loss challenge. She (De)Killed the competition with a total loss of 12 pounds, resulting in an inch off her waistline and four inches off her hips. She won a pair of Antik skates and a slimmer silhouette! Kozmo Trouble came in a close second, and Juicy K. Tore and Pia Mess tied for third place. Aim shared her inspiring story with us.

What motivated you to start your weight-loss journey?

After I retired from skating and started coaching, I spent less and less time ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: LauRAWR!

Posted on January 31st, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 3 comments

What attracted you to roller derby?
I'm not sure. I was in grad school and wanted to do something athletic and fun.

Did you skate or play another sport before starting derby?
I hadn't skated since I was a kid, but I felt like a super star when I was able to skate five laps around the track without stopping. I had a long way to go! In terms of other sports, I was always into different sports as a kid and teenager. I played soccer, softball, water polo, and was on the swim team.

How did you choose your derby name?
I really liked the idea of having a derby name with my real name in it so that I wouldn't have to learn to answer to something new. I was hanging out with my BFF Tots and I drew a T-Rex on a piece ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Sasha Degrader

Posted on October 13th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you find out about roller derby?

My brother told me about SVRG.  As soon as knew it existed I was committed to doing it.  The fact that the last pair of skates I wore was from Toys 'R' Us made no difference to me.  I paid for bootcamp and all my equipment by modeling through Craigslist.  Had I not done that, there would have been no way I could have afforded bootcamp.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

Me and my bestie, Corey, were die-hard roller skaters as kids.  We used to lube up our wheels with my mom's sewing machine oil and go skate down any downward slope we could find.  I also played softball from t-ball through college at DeAnza.  I was a catcher, 1st baseman, and right fielder.

How did you derive ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Teddy Wreck-Spin

Posted on September 22nd, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you get into roller derby?

I was originally asked to announce for SVRG. I saw how much fun everyone was having on skates so I decided to join in.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I played a little bit of football and baseball when I was a kid. I rollerbladed when it was really cool. My whole family is very athletic, it was time I joined the party.

How did you derive your derby name?

“Teddy Ruxpin” was the creepy talking bear from the '80s. Someone else thought of it for me and I took it. I’m horrible at that sort of thing.

What is your primary ref job?

I love to jam ref. Front inside pack is also a favorite of mine. I love skating backwards.

What position would you choose to play if you played ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Newton's Slaughter

Posted on July 17th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you find out about roller derby?

Friends of my friends wanted to start a league when I was a freshmen in college, and I thought it sounded cool but I was too afraid of getting hurt! Then, the summer I graduated, I had a lot of free time on my hands. I had seen fliers for the Glass City Rollers in my favorite Toledo bars, and just thought, 'What are you waiting for? You can be scared when you're DEAD!'

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I got picked on a lot in grade school gym class, so I've always been more interested in solo, non-competitive sports like running, weightlifting, and roller-blading. Maybe that's why I like jamming so much!

How did you derive your derby name?

Physics is my geeky guilty pleasure - and you can't ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Broken BabyDoll

Posted on June 21st, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you get into roller derby?

I found out about SVRG back in May of 2007. For my birthday I went to see B.A.D. play and some girls from SVRG where there representing. I was completely hooked after the first jam and wanted to get involved as soon as possible. About a week later I went to the rink and bought a cheap pair of skates and started going to open skate. About mid-June I went to my first practice and never looked back.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I hadn’t been on skates since I was little. I got my first pair when I was 3 years old. We use to go to the local skating rink in Missoula, Montana, until it was closed down. As far as other skills I played ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Cannonball Iztik

Posted on April 23rd, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you find out about roller derby?

I live around the corner from San Jose Skate, which has a huge banner hanging in the front that says, "SAN JOSE SKATE - HOME OF THE SILICON VALLEY ROLLER GIRLS."  Eventually I figured, what the heck, let's see what it's all about. And here I am.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I've played just about everything competitively: volleyball, soccer, badminton, Parker Kempo, basketball, softball...I was heavily involved in field hockey for several years, and played for the Futures, which is an Olympic development league. Unfortunately, I got severe shin splints and chrondromalacia in both knees, which stopped me from participating in any sports that involve running. I moved on to cycling, which is low-impact for joints, and finally roller derby. But all that previous activity ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Pandamonium

Posted on March 11th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you find out about/get into roller derby?

After graduating college in 2005, most of my friends moved away and I was looking for something new to be involved with. I read an article in a newspaper about the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls and thought I would give it a try. I joined the B.A.D. Girls in January of 2006 and skated with them until December of 2008. During the 2007 season I started coaching the Silicon Valley Roller Girls. After retiring from skating with the B.A.D. Girls I went on just coaching SVRG.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I had almost no skating skills prior to joining derby. I skated on super heavy artistic skates with bald wheels and huge toe stops when I first started out. It goes to show ... Read More »



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