Duke City Roller Derby is back for the 2017 season! To kick off our year, meet our February spotlight member, Swearin'Marie. You've probably seen her jamming, blocking, and dancing as one of our favorite HoBots at our home bouts. Swearin'Marie also skates with our all-star travel team, the Muñecas Muertas.
How did you come to roller derby?
I was helping my boyfriend Zak (now husband) with a local Zine that was doing a story on Duke City Derby. I shot the photos at a scrimmage and fell in love with the sport.
Can you tell us about your name?
I have always had a potty mouth and one day I was in the car with Zak cussing up a storm at traffic. He looked at me and said, "You should be Swearin'Marie instead of Aaron Marie!" And that's how I got my name.
How long have you been skating?
You've been with DCRD for a long time! Can you tell us about the work you've done with the league?
I have been the art director for DCRD since I passed skills in 2010. Zak and I revamped many of the logos we use for the league today. In 2013 we re-branded the league with a new logo and website.
Do you have any pre-bout rituals?
I get up super early and go for a walk.
What does your life outside of roller derby look like?
I am an artist, mother, wife and shift leader at Rebel Donut.
You are a very strong all around player - seemingly switching between jamming and blocking with ease. Do you feel an affinity for one role more than another?
I love to jam but I feel like I am better at blocking (...but I really love to jam.) I guess my best position is pivot. I do pretty well at that role because I get a chance to jam in emergency situations.
What is your favorite derby story?
Any story that involves Leddy. But one of my favs is when she threw up at Dust Devil 2013. She stashed a barf bag in her boobs for the rest of the tournament. Priceless.
What advice do you have - not just for new skaters, but also skaters who have been around for awhile and are looking to up their level of play?
Keep an open mind because this game is constantly in flux. Learn new things whenever you can.