Austin Texas Roller Derby | Texas Rollergirls » Meet the Skaters http://www.texasrollergirls.org News, training tips, events, and other information from the Texas Rollergirls Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:09:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2013 ROOKIES http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/11/2013-rookies/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/11/2013-rookies/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:12:52 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6442 The HELL MARYS welcome:
Angel O, Brown Buttah, Rosie, Sandy Ravage, XXXTina

The HONKY TONK HEARTBREAKERS welcome:
Adde, Barbie Got Back

The HOTROD HONEYS welcome:
Frankendoll, Glt-y, Kat Von Speed, La Dolce Beatah, Slamdra Dee

The HUSTLERS welcome:
Bonnie Blitzkrieg, Fifi Nomenon, Hot Box, Killer Crouton, Shebola Virus

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2013 Draft Party! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/11/2013-draft-party/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/11/2013-draft-party/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:26:46 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6300 What a night! The Texas Rollergirls welcomed 17 new skaters to our four home teams. Some are transfers from other leagues and some moved up from our Rec-League, but, they are all incredibly dedicated athletes and outstanding human beings. Here’s the official list and some great photos from the evening courtesy of the talented Jennifer M. Ramos.

The HELL MARYS welcome:
Angel O, Brown Buttah, Rosie, Sandy Ravage, XXXTina

The HONKY TONK HEARTBREAKERS welcome:
Adde, Barbie Got Back

The HOTROD HONEYS welcome:
Frankendoll, Glt-y, Kat Von Speed, La Dolce Beatah, Slamdra Dee

The HUSTLERS welcome:
Bonnie Blitzkrieg, Fifi Nomenon, Hot Box, Killer Crouton, Shebola Virus

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Primer to Texecutioner – All In A Flash http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/primer-to-texecutioner-all-in-a-flash/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/primer-to-texecutioner-all-in-a-flash/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2012 03:45:24 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6143 Article by Jilly Hitzinger

Flash Gorgeous Skating In Rec

I first met Flash Gorgeous last year during a wheel maintenance seminar. We were seated in the back of Apparition Skates, sipping margaritas as Kat A Killzem lead us through cleaning our bearings.

I introduced myself to her, excited to see her skates were much like mine: vintage Riedell speed skates. Unlike mine, however, hers were clearly well-used and well-loved. She told me she’d been a speed skater in her youth, and these had been her mother’s skates.

These skates–half a size too small, by her own admission–have taken her on a spectacular trajectory within the Texas Rollergirls.

Joining the TXRG Rec League in June of 2011, she tried out and was then drafted onto the Honkytonk Heartbreakers that fall, and onto the Texecutioners not long after that. In less than a year, she had gone from a complete derby newbie, to a skater on one of the highest-ranked teams in the country.

I recently sat down with her for coffee, and to learn more about her and her derby journey.

 

JH: What brought you to derby originally?

FG: I had been out with a soccer injury, and my doctor had said I could “never run again, and never play soccer again.” But he didn’t say anything about skating…

JH: How had you hurt yourself?

FG:  It was during a soccer match. Another player and I went in for a kick on the ball at the same time, and the impact broke a bone in my foot. I stayed off it for a couple weeks, and then went back to training for a marathon. I was running in the marathon, and somewhere in the eighteenth mile, I realized, “My foot’s broke.”

 

That injury kept Flash out of sports for two and a half years.

 

JH: What brought you to Austin?

FG: Mr. Gorgeous and I flipped a coin. It was either going to be Portland or Austin, and Austin won.

JH: And what brought you to derby?

FG: Mr. Gorgeous was at a coffeeshop, and he saw Radioactive doing street team duty. He asked her for a card, I found the Rec League, and the rest is history.

JH: Do you think you would have gotten into derby if the coin had landed on the other side?

FG: I’d like to think so!

JH: What were your expectations trying out for TXRG?

FG: I had none. I really just did it to see if I could.

JH: And to be a Texie?

FG: I decided to tryout for the Texie’s to test myself.  I wanted to see how much more I could be pushed and to practice as well as compete with the best in this sport.  I wanted the experience to improve and to be challenged during this journey.

JH: And boy, did that work out!

FG: Seriously!

Premier League!

JH: Tell me about speed skating when you were young.

FG: I did a lot of sports. Hockey, volley ball, track, softball, soccer. But speed skating was something I did with my mom. Coming back to Texas, coming back to skating, it really fills me with a lot of nostalgia.

 

Flash talks about skating with her mom fondly. Apparently Mama Gorgeous used to skate nationally!

 

JH: What’s your current skate setup?

FG:  Atom wheels–the only wheels I’ll use! I’ve got GRods and Poisons on my skates. I use 187 knee and elbow pads, and Pro Designed wrist guards. Pro Designed knee pads are my next planned purchase! And my skates? My mom’s. They’re thirty years old, and they’re only just now being broken in.

I smile, thinking back to that day in the back of Apparition skates. Flash gives me a wolfish grin and says, “And I’m still in those same bearings.”

You can see Flash Gorgeous and the rest of the Texas Rollergirls again in their 2013 season at the Austin Convention Center.

If you want to throw your helmet in the ring, see http://www.texasrollergirls.org/about/tryouts-october-10-2012/ for tryout information!

The 2012 Texecutioners Bringing Home The South Central Regionals Gold

Photos courtesy Jennifer Ramos and Facebook

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WFTDA Skater of the Month: LUCE BANDIT http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/08/wftda-skater-of-the-month-luce-bandit/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/08/wftda-skater-of-the-month-luce-bandit/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:10:22 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=5890 Each month the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association highlights one of its most notable member skaters and we are honored that this month they’ve chosen our very own Luce Bandit.  WFTDA includes nearly 250 leagues, spanning every continent, and tens of thousands of skaters worldwide, so Luce’s selection is a true privilege — and testament to her outstanding achievements both on and off the track.

Luce joined Texas Rollergirls in 2009 after starting her derby career with Tucson Derby Brats and then ‘graduating’ to Tucson Roller Derby. She moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and was drafted to the Hell Marys, where she has proven herself as a triple threat — a game-changing pivot, blocker and jammer. Luce is also a member of our all-star Texecutioners, where she’s become one of the most recognizable pivots in flat track derby.

Congratulations, Luce! We are proud of you!

Read the full profile on the WFTDA website.

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MEET: Voodoo Doll http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/05/meet-voodoo-doll/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/05/meet-voodoo-doll/#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 16:49:28 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=4970 REAL NAME: Christina Pocaressi
TEXAS ROLLERGIRL SINCE: 2003
TEAM AFFILIATION: Hotrod Honeys
POSITION: Blocker
INTERESTING STATS: A skater for the Hotrod Honeys since the dawn of the team, Voodoo Doll has been sought out by many a fan, photographer, reporter and paparazzo, and has been featured in a number of publications, including the books “Rollergirl: Totally True Tales From the Track,” “Roller Derby Art: Women, Wheels, and Wicked Fun,” and “The Blonde Bomber,” as well as “Spin Magazine.”

Voodoo and her Hotrod Honeys will be playing the 2nd bout on Saturday, June 2nd – starting at 7:30pm. Make sure you stay to see the Hotrods take on the Hell Marys. And, if 2 bouts of roller derby in one night is too much for you (in other words you are a new fan and not quite addicted yet) then arrive around 7pm to see the last few minutes of the opening bout, grab a beer and get a seat to watch Voodoo mix it up with the Hells!

VOODOO DOLL’S STORY
Most people are familiar with the fight-or-flight human response, but as Voodoo Doll says, “I have a fight-or-fight response.” Spoken like a true blocker. During her near decade playing roller derby, Voodoo Doll has commanded the derby track with grace and fury, her towering frame, six-foot arm span and
colossal legs commanding the pack time and time again. Her only feature perhaps more celebrated and imposing is her menacingly terrific set of rigid abs, which has been given the nickname “The Bitutation.” As the co-captain of the Hotrod Honeys during the 2012 season, Voodoo Doll plans to build the fittest team in all of roller derby, incorporating powerlifting and core workouts into the weekly team routine. And there’s no whining allowed. The team’s motto says it all: This is Sparta!

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT VOODOO DOLL
“Voodoo Doll has always been a frightening blocker, tormenting opposing skaters on the track. I’ll never forget the much-loved Wall of Voodoo, which is what we called Voodoo and Rebellika when they would play pivot and Blocker 1 together. After years in derby, Voodoo Doll is still a terror on the track.”
– Texas Rollergirls Superfan and Hotrod Honeys Mascot Big Tom

Q&A WITH VOODOO DOLL
Q: After so many years playing roller derby, what’s your most memorable derby moment?
A: My first legal block. When I heard her body hit the floor, it was the same feeling as falling in love. I think I saw heart-shaped fireworks. Also, I got to crawl out of a coffin once for an intro. That was fantastic.

Q: How do you maintain those amazing abs?
A: Do you know why nobody has good abs? Because abs training isn’t fun; it’s awful. That said, I do it at least three times a week because I’m a firm believer that derby requires a strong core. I am spreading the gospel that abs aren’t just beach muscles.

Q: What’s your ultimate derby goal?
A: I’d like to see derby taken seriously as a sport, and in order to do that I think we need to take our own fitness more seriously. As for my personal goals, I want to continue to evolve as a player and keep this love affair with derby going as long as possible. But even after all these years, I love to practice and still get butterflies in my stomach before every bout.

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MEET: Vicious Van GoGo http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/05/meet-vicious-van-gogo/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/05/meet-vicious-van-gogo/#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 16:41:45 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=4900 REAL NAME: Brooke Clark
TEXAS ROLLERGIRL SINCE: 2007
TEAM AFFILIATION: Hotrod Honeys, Texecutioners
POSITIONS: Jammer, Blocker, Pivot (Triple Threat)
INTERESTING STATS: After her triumphant return to the Texas Rollergirls league in 2011, Vicious Van GoGo astounded her derby opponents with an even more elevated level of play than her previous skating mastery displayed. Her derby heroism was honored at the 2011 Texas Rollergirls Whammy Awards ceremony, at which Vicious Van GoGo received eight awards (the most of the year for any one skater), including league Jammer of the Year, Most Valuable Player for the Texecutioners and the Fans’ Favorite Texas Rollergirl.

Vicious Van GoGo and her Texecutioners will be playing the 2nd bout on Saturday, May 19th – starting at 7:30pm. Make sure you stay to see the all-stars from your Texas Rollergirls take on the all-stars from the Rose City Rollers of Portland, OR. And, if 2 bouts of roller derby in one night is too much for you (in other words you are a new fan and not quite addicted yet) then arrive around 7pm to see the last few minutes of the opening bout, grab a beer and get a seat to watch Vicious mix it up with Rose City!

VICIOUS VAN GOGO’S STORY
From the time Vicious Van GoGo joined the Texas Rollergirls, she has taken opposing skaters by surprise, leaving blockers flabbergasted and astonished as she jams through them with elegance, dexterity and a quick flash of a smile. Despite her jamming genius, Vicious Van GoGo is as admirable as a blocker, often catching her opponents off-balance as she ambushes them with a perfectly executed hip-check. Known for her alluring midriff and her coy grin, Vicious Van GoGo — a formidable artist in real life — has created an entirely new art in the form of her derby play. From her season skating with the Mad Rollin’ Dolls in Wisconsin and captaining the league’s Dairlyland Dolls all-star travel team, to her exultant return to the Texas Rollergirls during the 2011 season, Vicious Van GoGo continues to be a real work of derby art.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT VICIOUS VAN GOGO
“At first glance, Vicious Van GoGo could be seen as the girl next door who everyone enjoys that quietly goes about her business with a pleasant smile. As much as that is true, there is so much more behind the Texas Rollergirl who has become infamous for her athletic flair, bandanna style and signature midriff. A
true triple threat on the track, she forces opposing teams to adjust. Off the track, her contributions greatly help the derby universe. No embellishment here, Vicious Van GoGo is simply skate of the art in every sense.”
– Texas Rollergirls Announcer Chip Queso


Q&A WITH VICIOUS VAN GOGO
Q: What is it about roller derby and the Texas Rollergirls that keeps you so dedicated?
A: I played sports growing up and love being on the track, field, court, etc. Practice time and game time always seemed like the one place I could escape to from the things going on in life for a while. Derby has the same feeling of escape but an added element of deep friendships that keep me coming back. Playing
derby makes me happy. I can’t help smiling when I’m skating because I have been and am privileged to skate with some of the best teammates against some of the best competitors.

Q: What are you most looking forward to with the 2012 home season and with the Texecutioners?
A: I’m looking forward to playing another great season with the Texecutioners, as well as with my home team. I think this season is going to be a strong competitive season. Last season with the Texecutioners was a dream season for me. I was very fortunate to be in the jammer rotation. I look forward to
collaborating, training and skating with the Texecutioners. There are some amazing games planned for this year, especially this summer! 

Q: What’s your ultimate derby goal?
A: I was able to reach one of my rookie goals this season by getting to be a go-to jammer for the Texecutioners. And I would be lying if I didn’t say a goal is to be victoriously holding the WFTDA Championship trophy (the Hydra) after a hard-fought weekend. Ultimately, I would like to have a few more years of skating with and against different skaters from different parts of the world.

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MEET: Bloody Mary http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/05/meet-bloody-mary/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/05/meet-bloody-mary/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 16:59:31 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=4732 REAL NAME: Juliana Gonzales
TEXAS ROLLERGIRL SINCE: 2003
TEAM AFFILIATION: Hotrod Honeys, Texecutioners
POSITIONS: Jammer, Blocker

INTERESTING STATS: A pre-Texas Rollergirls derby skater, Bloody Mary was part of the original roller derby organization founded in Austin in the early 2000s, and was instrumental in establishing the Texas Rollergirls, its charter, rules and business model. Bloody Mary began skating with the original Holy Rollers with the skater number 4, and then became a member of the Hell Marys. Once she rose in the ranks and became an all star on the Texecutioners, she changed her number to 40 since number 4 is retired in honor of Hydra, the team’s first captain. In 2011, she changed her Texecutioners skater number to 30 as a nod to teammate Olivia Shootin’ John, whose skater number is 03.

Bloody Mary and her Texecutioners will be playing the 2nd bout on Saturday, May 19th – starting at 7:30pm. Make sure you stay to see the all-stars from your Texas Rollergirls take on the all-stars from the Rose City Rollers of Portland, OR. And, if 2 bouts of roller derby in one night is too much for you (in other words you are a new fan and not quite addicted yet) then arrive around 7pm to see the last few minutes of the opening bout, grab a beer and get a seat to watch Bloody mix it up with Rose City!


BLOODY MARY’S STORY
Quite simply, roller derby and the Texas Rollergirls would not be what they are today without the influence of Bloody Mary. From the beginning of the sport’s resurgence in the early 2000s, Bloody Mary has been influential in cultivating, evolving and nurturing not only the Texas Rollergirls league, but the culture of flat track roller derby, a sport that has grown to include more than 1,000 leagues throughout the world. In 2004, Bloody Mary helped establish the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the governing body that promotes and fosters the sport worldwide, and she is currently the executive director of the organization. After more than a decade skating roller derby, she remains a diplomatic ambassador for the sport, as well as a cut-throat scourge on the track. If there is but one name known throughout the world of roller derby, it is Bloody Mary.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT BLOODY MARY
“Bloody Mary is one of the original Texas Rollergirls who helped form the sport, but she also continues to be a driving force and inspiration for all of roller derby worldwide. She is truly the heart and soul of the Texas Rollergirls, where her calm control mixed with athletic fire and creative, witty genius have proven her all-star status both on and off the track. What she has done for the Texas Rollergirls as a league simply pales in comparison to her tireless work for all of roller derby through her WFTDA position. When there is a Roller Derby Hall of Fame, there is no doubt that Bloody Mary will be one of the first to receive that honor.”
– Texas Rollergirls Announcer Chip Queso

Q&A WITH BLOODY MARY
Q: After so many years playing roller derby, what’s your favorite position to play?
A: I play mostly jammer, but I love blocking. I’ve also been the captain of the Hell Marys and the Texecutioners, and many other jobs for the Texas Rollergirls and WFTDA, all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed. The hardest thing I ever did was help put on the Championship tournament, the Texas Shootout, in Austin in 2007. The position I’m proudest of is that I was on the first-ever Rules drafting committee for what would become the WFTDA.

Q: What’s it like doing derby for work and for fun?
A: Sometimes it’s just like any job. You email, you do meetings, you look at financials, you drink coffee. After work, I go to practice and play derby, which is crazy fun just like it is for anyone else. Sometimes having a job in derby is radically awesome. After running three days of meetings in Vegas last year, I got to scrimmage with my derby heroes (and colleagues) before digging back in to work. Recently, in Berlin, I got to work with colleagues there and then play with Euro derby heroes like Master Blaster from the Berlin Bombshells and Annie Social from Eindhoven’s Rockcity Rollers. Work, play, work, play. It’s pretty cool to have the connection between what your work is and why you do it be so seamless. “By the skaters, for the skaters” means something different in that life.

BUY TICKETS TO THE MAY 19th GAME TODAY! 

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MEET: Olympia http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/04/meet-olympia/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/04/meet-olympia/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:26:03 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=4595 REAL NAME: Olympia Ellison
TEXAS ROLLERGIRL SINCE: 2010
TEAM AFFILIATION: Hotrod Honeys
POSITIONS: Blocker
INTERESTING STATS: Infamous for her fierce and imposing derriere, which often mesmerizes jammers on the track, Olympia received the honor for Best Assets at the 2011 Texas Rollergirls Whammy Awards ceremony.

Olympia and her Hotrod Honeys will be playing the 1st bout on Saturday, APRIL 21st – starting at 6:00pm. Make sure you get there early (doors at 5:15) to see the Hotrods take on the Heartbreakers. And, make sure to stick around for the second bout at 7:30pm – Hell Marys vs Hustlers!

OLYMPIA’S STORY
One of the only Texas Rollergirls whose derby name is also her given name, Olympia joined the league with no roller derby experience, but with an abundance of athletic ability and a background in track and basketball that have served her well on the derby stage. While she readily admits she may not be the fastest skater, Olympia’s pack awareness, blocking mastery and solid “foundation,” have earned her the coveted nickname “jammer killer,” and few opposing skaters have managed to escape her wrath. As the co-captain of the Hotrod Honeys during the 2012 season, Olympia is most looking forward to building up the team’s new rookie skaters, as well as kicking ass and taking names with a home team out for revenge.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT OLYMPIA
“Well, for Olympia, you just have the one word: Zeus! I really don’t know what else to say. Besides awesome!”
Texas Rollergirls Superfan and Hotrod Honeys Mascot Big Tom

Q&A WITH OLYMPIA
Q: Do you fuel your derby practice and bouting with a specific diet?
A: I have no specific diet. I eat a lot of seafood and courtesy of my Hotrod Honeys teammate Voodoo Doll, I drink a lot of coconut juice now.

Q: Did you know before starting derby that your famous backside would be such an “asset” to your game play?
A: Ha! I had no clue. I’ve been carrying this thang (and yes, it can get heavy) all my life, and I sometimes forget it is even there.

Q: What’s your ultimate derby goal?
A: Actually, I have a little recipe for my ultimate derby goal: With my body size, I want a little bit of this (Olivia Shootin’ John’s speed), a little bit of that (Vicious Van GoGo and Rita Menweep’s strength) and a whole lot of this (Killbox’s agility). I then put that all in a pot, mix it up and turn myself into an unstoppable Olympia. This is my ultimate goal.

BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR THE APRIL 21ST BOUT TODAY!

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MEET: Desi Cration http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/04/meet-desi-cration/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/04/meet-desi-cration/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:05:30 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=4581 REAL NAME: Tavanna Porter
TEXAS ROLLERGIRL SINCE: 2007
TEAM AFFILIATION: Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, Texecutioners (2008-2009)
POSITIONS: Blocker, Pivot, Jammer (Triple Threat)
INTERESTING STATS: One of the hardest-hitting blockers in the history of the sport, Desi Cration once broke an opposing skater’s collarbone with a single hit. At the 2011 Texas Rollergirls Whammy Awards ceremony, Desi Cration was honored with the distinction of “Ms. Texas Rollergirl.”

LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK

“Desi” and her Heartbreakers will be playing the 1st bout on Saturday, APRIL 21st – starting at 6:00pm. Make sure you get there early (doors at 5:15) to see the Heartbreakers take on the Hotrod Honeys. And, stick around for the second bout at 7:30pm – Hell Marys vs Hustlers!

DESI CRATION’S STORY
A visit to a Minnesota Rollergirls bout in 2005 was all it took to hook this world-renowned blocking beauty on roller derby. Having previously played rugby and ice hockey — the perfect precursor sports to roller derby — Desi Cration was the ideal candidate for strapping on a pair of roller skates and
knocking other girls around. She skated with the Minnesota Rollergirls for two years, captaining the all-star team, before moving to Austin to join the Texas Rollergirls in late 2007. Desi Cration has long had a scary reputation as a domineering blocker, but recently took some time off from derby so she
and her husband, Texas Rollergirls announcer Koolaid, could have their son, nicknamed KoolCration Creation. The 2012 season marks Desi Cration’s return to the Texas Rollergirls, one of the most anticipated second comings in derby history.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT DESI CRATION
“Desi Cration is one of the most feared, hardest-hitting, intense blockers in the country. I have seen her take out all the opposing blockers in one devastating move. It is great to have her back on the track. She is a wonderful teammate, has a wealth of derby knowledge and a work ethic like no other.”
– Honky Tonk Heartbreaker and Texecutioner Coach Kelli

Q&A WITH DESI CRATION
Q: What do you do when you’re not playing roller derby?
A: My day job is as an alcohol researcher and lab manager in a neuropharmacology lab at the University of Texas Austin. We research the effect of alcohol on behavior and neurological processes. The rest of my waking (and non-waking) hours are spent raising my 9-month-old son. In terms of
workouts, I try to run three to four times a week. In fact, I just completed my first half-marathon! I also do core and strength training. In my spare time, I, uhh, wait, what is spare time again?

Q: What keeps bringing you back to roller derby and the Texas Rollergirls organization?
A: I love the camaraderie. I love the competition. And I love being part of the league that started the flat track revolution.

Q: What’s your ultimate derby goal?
A: I would like to win a championship. I’ve never been on a home team that’s finished higher than third, or a travel team that’s finished higher than second. I feel very strongly 2012 will be the year those trends change.

BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR THE APRIL 21ST BOUT TODAY! 

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MEET: Acute Angel http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/04/meet-acute-angel/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/04/meet-acute-angel/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:23:17 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=4481 REAL NAME: Emily Kern
TEXAS ROLLERGIRL SINCE: 2009
TEAM AFFILIATION: Hustlers, Texecutioners (2010-2011)
POSITIONS: Jammer, Blocker, Pivot (Triple Threat)
INTERESTING STATS: At the 2010 Texas Rollergirls Whammy Awards ceremony, after skating her first year with the Texas Rollergirls premier league, Acute Angel received honors for Best Boutfit, Most Valuable Spirit on the Hustlers home team, the Hustlers Captain’s Choice Award and Most
Valuable Spirit on the Texecutioners all-star travel team.

LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK

“Acute” and her Hustlers will be playing the 2nd bout on Saturday, APRIL 21st – starting at 7:30pm. Make sure you stay to see the champion Hustlers take on the Hell Marys. And, if 2 bouts of roller derby in one night is too much for you (in other words you are a new fan and not quite addicted yet) then arrive around 7pm to see the last few minutes of the opening bout, grab a beer and get a seat to watch Acute mix it up with the Hells!


ACUTE ANGEL’S STORY
A formidable, record-holding soccer player during her college years, Acute Angel was in search of  another sports outlet post-college that would encourage her innate competitiveness, aggressiveness and penchant for sparkly outfits. That’s when she discovered the Texas Rollergirls, joined the league’s Rec-n-Rollerderby organization and became a lightning-fast jammer, soon moving up the ranks to join the Texecutioners and the Hustlers, the home team she will captain during the 2012 season. Math teacher by day, glittering derby dynamo by night, Acute Angel draws much of her inspiration from her
fellow teammates and an unlikely musical anthem: “Ice Ice Baby.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT ACUTE ANGEL
“Acute Angel joined us from Rec-n-Rollerderby, but was not new to sports. A true athlete (she still plays on a soccer team), Acute’s derby skills continually improve, as seen as a key jammer for the Hustlers and an all-star Texecutioner. A true leader and always up for a challenge, Acute plans on another championship win for the Hustlers in the role of captain! Go purple!”
– Original Texas Rollergirl and Hustlers Founder Electra Blu

Q&A WITH ACUTE ANGEL
Q: What’s your ritual for creating the perfect boutfit?
A: Because the Hustlers are ’70s derby stars, our uniforms are purple and silver spandex — we do love our spandex! My actual skating uniform is pretty standard, so I like to have fun with my after-boutfit. I am constantly on the lookout for purple and/or silver items of clothing. Shiny/sequins/glitter are all a plus if it’s also in purple or silver. I then decide if I want to be hanging
out and talking after the bout or if I want to dance, and I choose my after-boutfit based on that.
Q: What was most challenging about graduating from the Rec-n-Rollerderby league to the Texas Rollergirls premier league and how did you tackle that challenge?
A: The biggest challenge was the increased level of skill and speed of play. Having grown up playing competitive soccer, I knew that I would have to practice and work hard every chance I got. The culture of athleticism and hard work within the league encouraged me to come in and try to keep up with the best
Q: What’s your ultimate derby goal?
A: 100% more sparkle!

Meet the rest of Acute’s team below from their 2012 team video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ8vAaSdPoo

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