Dominion Derby Girls start back up the Skater of the month featuring Dominion All-Star Texas Knockout #13. We hope you enjoy getting to know our skaters and their lives on and off the track. Here’s a quick interview we did with Texas.
How did you discover Roller Derby?
I discovered Roller Derby through a fellow coast guardsmen whose wife played with the Big Easy Roller Girls in New Orleans.
Did you have any previous skating experience before starting roller derby?
Yes, I’ve been skating since I could remember.
How long have you been playing roller derby?
I have been playing roller derby for two years and two months.
Describe roller derby in three words.
Commitment. Team. Rewarding
You were featured in a video about the Coast Guard recently, can you tell us about that?
I am currently AD in the Coast Guard and the recruiting command reached out to me interested in the fact that I utilize my spare time to be on a competitive and traveling roller derby league. They used my story to show people who may be interested in joining that you can still do things outside of the military.
Check out her Coast Guard video here!
What do you love about roller derby?
I love the competitive edge derby gives me. I love pushing myself and trying to become better than I have been before. I love being part of a team and helping others discover their full potential. I also enjoy traveling out of the state for different bouts. Our road trips always have some interesting twist!
Do you have any pre-bout rituals that get your mind right before a game?
I have my pre-bout playlist of music to get me amp’d before the game! It varies from Flo Rida to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What kind of gear are you rolling on?
I currently have Presto 93’s and Morps 93/88 wheels that I switch between, with the Avenger DA 45 plates and my boots are the ever so comfy Riedell Blue Streaks! I love my setup for the time being.
What are your non-derby hobbies/ activities/ hidden talents?
Outside of roller derby I like exploring surrounding cities and doing outdoor activities with my husband and friends.
We have a new fresh meat class starting this Sunday, what would your words be to someone thinking about playing roller derby?
Stop procrastinating and come out! You will never regret it. Not only do you have a blast but it’s an amazing work-out!
Along with the interview here’s what some of her teammates, league mates and coaches had to say about her:
She’s fierce! Driven and powerful on the track, a challenge to skate against!
Tough blocker, skilled jammer, amazing twerker, and super friendly.
Tex is a great motivator and her optimistic outlook is infectious.
Incredibly athletic, funny and kind.
Texas is always positive and encouraging on the track and an asset as a jammer as well as a blocker.
She is an amazing skater and a fantastic team player. She is extremely thoughtful and is so easy to talk to. Love her!