This week’s Skater of the Week is our wonderful All Stars jammer, Kid Vicious! A sweetheart on and off the track, she’s got the footwork to match her determined attitude and is a huge asset to us. Get to know her a little better here:
How did you get into roller derby?
I have always been a huge nerdy roller-blading fan and had been planning to invest in a pair of fancy new blades, when my friend Mike (PCR referee Judgement Dey)’s flatmate invited us to come watch a game. Full contact! Skating! and ruffle butt shorts! this looked like fun to me.
One week later Mike and were at our first freshmeat training.
How long have you been playing, and what teams and tournaments have you been in?
I have been playing for just over three years. In 2012 I started as part of the Black Heart Bruisers in the team’s first year out of retirement In 2013 I joined the All Scars while still skating and was privileged to be selected for the Hawaii Squad and to be in the team that won the 2013 Derby Royale (a New Zealand wide tournament). This year I was excited to be part of the All Scar team that played in the 2014 Great Southern Slam in Adelaide and have also been skating with the league’s newest team – The Broadside Brawlers.
What is the greatest thing you have taken away from derby?
Derby has taught me that it is never too late. It reminds me to wave goodbye to excuses like ‘ I wish I was’ or ‘If only I’ and GET OUT THERE DO IT. Having often been held back by my size I love how everyone of all shapes and sizes has a strength in this sport.
What’s your secret talent outside of derby?
I love any kind of dancing possible, and can be found doing anything from Hip hop/dance hall, to Salsa, Adult Ballet or the ‘photocopier dance’ (the one to be done while waiting for photocopies). I also am mad cat crazy for any boardgame other than monopoly.
Who inspires you in the derbyverse, and how?
Smarty Pants from the Texecutioners, and Team USA, is a huge inspiration. I had the privilege to skate in her boot camp classes about 8 months into my derby career, and to this day her thoughtful approach to skating and coaching inspires me.
My team mates are also a huge inspiration. I have learned so much by being able to watch and skate with players like Skate the Muss or by asking them questions. I also love the patience and persistence of skaters like Ruby Red Knuckles, Myrtle Kombat, Sugar Hit and Lady Trample who are always helping me work through my next hurdle, or plan the next big strategy.