April Spotlight: Smith

Please meet our April Spotlight Member: Smith! They're are a member of -  as well as a coach for -  the Muñecas Muertas for the 2017 season. You've probably seen them sporting red and drab for the Dooms Dames, or even helping with Non-Skating-Official duties at local games. Here, learn a bit more about them.

What is your life like outside of derby?

Really busy! I work full time with an investment company, train twice a week with a personal trainer, and am a parent of four children - two at home, two in school out of state. In addition, I have a spouse I really like spending time with, friends I like playing board games with, a dog I like to take for walks, and bread I like to bake. Oh, and Star Trek and video games to catch up on. Whew.

How did you get involved in roller derby and why?

There was this girl, you see...

Coach Smith, calming their pre-game nerves with a selfie.

Coach Smith, calming their pre-game nerves with a selfie.

I met up with a lady I had a major crush on for a skate night at our local rink, and she encouraged me to come try roller derby. I had been roller skating since I was wee, and was contemplating taking up some kind of skating sport anyway (at that time I thought artistic), so I went. I bought the stuff, and I couldn't stop to save my life, but I went. And then I stayed, because the connection with other strong personalities and the freedom I felt was exactly what I needed right then.

What is your favorite thing about the sport?

The people. No, wait, the endorphins. No! Hittin' %^$!#$@! AHH!

Kind've all of the above. I've met some of the best people I've ever known - including my wonderful spouse -  through this sport. When I'm having one of those days (be it work, kids, dog, whatever), I can always depend on going to practice and skating it off and coming home happy and settled because of the great workout I just had with great people.

How long have you been skating?

For roller derby: this August will be six years. I got my first pair of pink adjustable skates when I was four or five.

You made the DCRD All Star team, the Muñecas Muertas, this year.  What did you do to make this happen?

Mostly this season I am coaching, but I definitely made the roster! I went into the end of season last year with the attitude that 2017 was THE YEAR that I got my skates on the All Stars. So, I hired a personal trainer and started getting really serious about my derby "homework" - I watch a lot of bout footage and read a lot of blogs and ask many annoying questions.

2017 home team opener Photo Credit: Amy V. Marks

2017 home team opener
Photo Credit: Amy V. Marks

Tell us about your roller derby hero.

I really enjoy watching Shaina Serelson (from Victoria) on the track; she has almost supernatural track awareness, and a really amazing ability to move from defense to offense and back in the blink of an eye.

The true derby heroes, however, are those who keep coming back. Those who have never put on skates before and fall just by breathing. Those who don't believe they have an athletic bone in their bodies. They come, they fall, they cry, they feel like they can't - and they bench coach and NSO for us, they're at all of the events, and they keep coming back to practice and keep trying. They are our driving force, and the ones who end up being the true threats on the track - after all it takes for them to pass skills to play there is absolutely no stopping them. They're amazing.

Guest interview by Betty OOP

Posted on March 31, 2017 .