September 2018 Junior Skater of the Month

Tiger Lilly #34 

Tiger Lily is favorite flower, and 34 was my room number when I was in 4th grade. I'm 10 years old. My friend Nyan Kat introduced me to roller derby. I really enjoy being the jammer! I love everything about roller derby! The challenge, I enjoy learning new things, and the adrenaline!
My most fun memory was when my skate flew off during practice. My friends think it's cool that I'm in roller derby and my mom says I'm a tough cookie !

September 2018 Skater of the Month

Sammi SmackY-Yao #480

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My family and I are super into boxing and my name is an ode to Manny Pacquiao for having quick hits. 

My main derby position has been mostly blocking lately, and I've been working to don the pivot panty. I have mad respect for all jammers tho!

My derby goals are to be as amazing as Legacy and as tough/hard hitting as Sassy Stone. They both bring the old school derby and new school derby together quite well.

Inspiration comes from all around but if I have to pin point mine, it would be the penalty princess herself, Tokyo Takeout. She has been there for me since my freshie program and the "derby-ship" that has developed through the years is beyond belief. She is always with me and gives the best support or hard criticism that one needs to progress. She has all my respect and is an asset to our league on and off the track. 

For my favorite derby memory, and I know I will get so much crap for living in the past but, when my home team the Reseda Wreckers beat the undefeated Maulrats a year or so ago. Our league is very competitive and when we play eachother it's on a whole different level, but it happened and it was glorious! It will always be my go to answer for this question because I love my Wreckers. 

 

August 2018 Skater of the Month

Lollidrop #123

Age: 7 years old

My name shows people that I won't be too easy on them or hard. It's like a lollipop, except I'm gonna spin you around and drop you. I had other numbers that I wanted but they were taken, so I went with my birthdate--12/3. I went to a few games when I was 6 and found out there was junior roller derby, but you had to be 7. After I turned 7, I signed up right away. I most enjoy playing jammer because you get to hit people! What I love most about derby is that you get to hit people! My most fun memory of roller derby is playing ping pong at practice! My other friends and family think it's cool that I play roller derby, but the kids don't exactly know what it is. The grown ups say " cool!"

August 2018 Skater of the Month

Chelsea Dragher #666

 

My derby name comes from a song called Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis that I am completely obsessed with. The song is named after the lead singers wife who used the name as her burlesque stage name. Turns out it is a play on the name Brittney Spears, get it, basic white girl name, sharp object? It’s an upbeat sunflowery happy song and I suggest you all listen to it and try to not get excited! I play all positions in roller derby! In my derby career thus far, I have always tried to be as versatile as humanly possible. I feel that the more flexible you are, the better off you will be in life and in derby! Although, I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of in love with jamming! Currently my short-term goal is to build up my stamina to get onto the Fer Sures, but long term is to get onto the Like OMGs. Every single person that I have come across on this team inspires me every single day. Whether it be the girls at freshie practice who relentlessly get up each time they fall, pushing themselves harder each practice, or drooling over all of the OMGs and their amazing skating skills and extremely positive and welcoming attitude. Two specific people that come to mind when thinking about who inspires me the most on the track is Dovahkill and AmericanHurL Doll.   They are both fantastic skaters and I literally have to pick my jaw up off of the floor when I see them skate. They constantly inspire me to improve on my own skating skills so that I can get up to their level can kick my ass! My favorite derby memory is playing alongside and against my fresh meat family. I don’t think that I have ever had that much fun on the track with so many amazing people! It makes me tear up when I think about how flipping lucky I am to be surrounded by such an amazing group of people and I cannot wait for all of us to further our derby careers together!

July 2018 Junior Skater of the Month

Navycrusher #23
 

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Age: 13

How did you choose your derby name and number?
So how I chose my derby name is because my dad was part of the navy for a long time so the part is dedicated to him and the crusher part is that I like to crush my opponents. Oh and my derby number 23 because it’s my birthday. 

How did you start playing roller derby?
I started playing roller derby because of Chubbzilla. Since we were school friends Chubby gave me a book about roller derby, after I became interested she told me she was on a team so I decided to try it!

What position do you play/enjoy the most?
My favorite position to play in roller derby is blocking, but I also like to jam.

What do you love best about roller derby? What's your most fun memory?
What I like most is skating around and hitting. Also a fun memory I have is one practice it was just me, Goldy and Dovah and Dovah taught us some fun moves and tricks.

What do your school friends and family think of you playing roller derby?
They think it is cool and a nice sport, but they also were thinking how I haven't broken a bone yet!

July 2018 Skater of the Month

Dazzler #36

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My name is Dazzler like the superheroine in the Marvel comic books. I picked number 36 because that was my age when I started my journey as a skater. This number reminds me that age is just a number and it does not mean a thing and it should not be an impediment to accomplish the goals I’ve set out for myself. I’m still learning all things related to derby, but the position I enjoy most is blocking. I hope that some day I can be as good as some the women that are in the league. The women in our league, like Moose, Iceboxx and Fudge, to name a few, inspire me to work harder and not GIVE UP! They always take the time to give their guidance and provide encouragement. Every one at SFV is friendly and warm and provides a safe environment for beginners like myself to explore their skating abilities while growing along the way not just physically but also personally. One of my most memorable moment was participating in this year‘s winter Freshie bout. At first I was hesitant and full of self doubt if I was even good enough to participate. But I pushed through my freshie jitters and my team won. I’m looking forward to the next Freshie bout later on this month and hope to take the win again but if I don’t I know that it will still be fun and memorable. 

June 2018 Skater of the Month

Dana Skull E. #1337
 

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As many of you know/despise, I retired my name as The Slamburglar last year. I am a huge X-Files fan and Dana Scully is a smart, bada** woman. 

In addition to retiring my derby name, I also retired from playing jammer (at least for now, the saga may continue). Between the Wreckers and Like OMGs, I play Pivot or Blocker. One of my derby goals is to drink the sweat beads that I've been collecting in a vial from Moose, so that I can increase my backwards blocking agility. Another goal is that one of our home teams takes that shiny home team trophy away from the Rats.

Moose, Terror and Dovah all inspire me which is why I've befriended them (to absorb their powers). Jammers aren't terrified of Moose for no reason and her backwards blocking is a force to be reckoned with. Terror and Dovah play all the positions - more than that, they play all the positions exceptionally well. All three of them really know how to play with a team (no matter what team you see them skating on) and are delightful skaters/teammates/unicorns to be with on the track.

My favorite derby memory was when I was off-skates volunteering at a bout and Spazzy (may he/she/them rest in peace) ran onto the track during a jam. As recently appointed Track Head, there was no existing protocol for "cat on track" so I blissfully watched the madness ensue. 

May 2018 Skater of the Month

Nicety Nice N Nasty #152

What is the story behind your derby name and number? 
My sister once told me "you're the nicest person I know AND the meanest!"  She's right!  So back in '89 when the singer Michel'le released a song called Nicety..."some people think I'm nice, some people think I'm nasty, and if you really want to know just ask me...and I'll say I'm nicety"  the nickname stuck.  I never imagined it would become my derby name.  For the most part, I'm 90% nice and 10% nasty.  On the derby track, it's the opposite, at least in my mind. 

My 152 Derby number comes from the 152nd day of the calendar year, which is June 1st, my mom's birthday.  I skate in memory of my mom who passed away two months prior to me joining SFV Roller Derby in early 2014.  

What made you join roller derby anyways?
One morning, I was watching KTLA news and Gayle Anderson was doing a segment on SFV Roller Derby.  The segment showcased the sport and the skaters at the Lot. I thought...hmm, maybe this is what I need?  I called every friend asking them if they would go with me to the First Date practice and everyone said "Derby?...no thanks".  At age 44, I showed up alone and I feel it was one of the best decisions of my life.  

What position do you play? Any other skating stuff you particularly enjoy?
My favorite position was blocking and I absolutely loved skating backwards like no other!  

Who inspires you?
Who inspires me? Good question. Honestly, everyone does because we all struggle at every level of derby and it's inspiring to see those that don't give up...but, I have to say the ones that inspire me the MOST are the derby over 40 group of skaters or those close to 40.  They are hard-core!  They inspired me to work harder, never quit, hustle faster and never use the excuse that I'm too old to do something because I see that they can do it!  Practice, determination and perseverance will prevail.  Age means nothing. 

Favorite roller derby memory? 
My favorite memories are the times I've volunteered.  I truly enjoy helping the league that has helped ME so much emotionally, just by allowing me to skate.  The love, encouragement and support I receive surpasses any therapy I could get elsewhere!   My best advice to anyone new...go to practice even when your sore.  You’ll get better and better every time!  

What's next?
It’s time for me to leave the league and it hurts my heart a little. I am so honored and very appreciative that I was recognized at this time again. 

Thank you Killo Kitty and SFV Roller Derby for EVERYTHING!  I love you all. 

Nicety Nice n Nasty #152 forever!