Austin Texas Roller Derby | Texas Rollergirls » Skater Profiles http://www.texasrollergirls.org News, training tips, events, and other information from the Texas Rollergirls Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:59:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Get to know your Texas Rollergirls: OLYMPIA http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/08/get-to-know-your-texas-rollergirls-olympia/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/08/get-to-know-your-texas-rollergirls-olympia/#comments Tue, 24 Aug 2010 14:06:47 +0000 http://www.txrollergirls.com/blog/?p=250 This is O's face when she puts you on the ground.

This is the face O makes when she puts you on the ground.

Position: Blocker
Team: Hotrod Honeys
Skater Since:  November 2009
What drew me to roller derby: sexy clothes, hitting girls clean across the floor, and above all..it’s a sport
How has derby changed your life? I really don’t have much of a life now….thanks derby
Signature derby talent: my big ol’ booty
Why my competitors should watch out: Even though this is my first season, I am a very FAST learner sooooo watch out for me jamming next year ; )
When I’m not skating I’m: playing sudoku or mafia wars on facebook
Favorite music: r&b and rap
Last book you read: hmmm
Don’t tell anyone else but: I don’t know how to chew gum and I am a nerd at heart
Last meal: the hell marys…LMAO!!!

See more of Olympia at texasrollergirls.org.

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Texas Rollergirls Rollercenter: Hell Marys Threats of 2010 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/04/texas-rollergirls-rollercenter-hell-marys-threats-of-2010-3/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/04/texas-rollergirls-rollercenter-hell-marys-threats-of-2010-3/#comments Wed, 14 Apr 2010 15:47:39 +0000 http://www.txrollergirls.com/blog/?p=212 Watch Texas Rollergirls Rollercenter : Hell Marys Threats of 2010. Sponsored by Derbylove.

 

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Texas Rollergirls Rollercenter : Honky Tonk Heartbreakers Threats of 2010 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/04/texas-rollergirls-rollercenter-honky-tonk-heartbreakers-threats-of-2010/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/04/texas-rollergirls-rollercenter-honky-tonk-heartbreakers-threats-of-2010/#comments Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:40:09 +0000 http://www.txrollergirls.com/blog/?p=185 Watch Texas Rollergirls Rollercenter : Honky Tonk Heartbreakers Threats of 2010. Sponsored by Derbylove.


 

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Derbylove’s March Girl(s) of the Game! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/04/derbyloves-march-girls-of-the-game/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/04/derbyloves-march-girls-of-the-game/#comments Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:38:47 +0000 http://www.txrollergirls.com/blog/?p=156 Congratulations to Shortcut and Olivia Shootin’ John, winners of Derbylove’s Girl of the Game during our action-packed March 28th bout.

Shortcut and OJOur proud sponsor derbylove has initiated a Girl of the Game (GOTG) award to be given to a skater from each game that was an outstanding performer for the night. Each GOTG will be recognized with some great derbylove merchandise.

Follow Derbylove at http://twitter.com/derbylove or check out derbylove’s website to see what merchandise you could win for being the next Girl of the Game!

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Get to know your Texas Rollergirls: Sic Shooter http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/01/get-to-know-your-texas-rollergirls-sic-shooter/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/01/get-to-know-your-texas-rollergirls-sic-shooter/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:40:40 +0000 http://www.txrollergirls.com/blog/?p=123
Position: Blocker, Pivot

Team: Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, Texecutioners

Skater Since: 2001-2002 (BGGW), 2005-2010 (TXRG)

What drew me to roller derby: When I was a senior in college, I went over to my friend Jaimey’s house and she was lifting little hand weights.  This was something I had never seen her do, so I asked her what was up.  She showed me an ad in The Austin Chronicle for roller derby tryouts at Skate World, up of Anderson Mill Road.  The league, at the time, was called Bad Girl Good Woman Productions (BGGW). Jaimey and I went together and were both placed on the Putas del Fuego.  Shortly after, she quit coming, but I continued to attend practice and became the co-captain of the Putas with April as captain.  I took on the skate name of Pizzazz (Jem and the Holograms reference) and my skate number was 10.

After I graduated from UT in May 2002, I moved away from Austin, but kept in touch with a few of my roller derby consorts. When I moved back to Austin, BGGW had split into two leagues: Texas Rollergirls (flat track) and Lonestar Rollergirls (banked track).  I talked to a few people from each league and eventually decided to start volunteering for the Texas Roller girls.  For the part of the 2003 and all of the 2004 season, I help Amen (of the Hell Marys) with merchandise.  In the end of 2004 I tried out and made it onto the Honky Tonk Heart breakers.  The 2004 captain who picked me was Bettie Rage, who I had known and skated with previously while I was a part of BGGW.
 
I have been on the Heartbreakers ever since, and I picked the new name Sic Shooter to go along with our western theme.
 
Why my competitors should watch out: Because I like to hit hard when they are not looking. I am also pretty sturdy on my wheels.  I have had a few little scrappers throw all their weight at me and end up on the ground without phasing me at all. I have been given the nickname of “the hammer” for my hard hits. 

 

When I’m not skating I’m: Teaching high school.  I have been a teacher for over five years and love it.  When my students find out I play roller derby, I think they are a little afraid.  I don’t keep it a secret from my co-workers or students that I am a Texas Rollergirl, but I also don’t brag about it.  I have had some students and co-workers show up to my games to support me.  I always think it is fun when my two very different worlds collide (no pun intended).  I like to think of roller derby as my secret life.

Favorite music: I like rock, punk rock, indie rock, classic rock, electronic, some classical, psychedelic, some country, and more.  I have worked at a record store and have a decent vinyl collection. 

Don’t tell anyone else but: Sometimes I like cheesy emo music. 

Last meal: Coffee, banana, yogurt.

See more of Sic Shooter at txrollergirls.com.

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Get to know your Texas Rollergirls: Jule Regretit http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/01/get-to-know-your-texas-rollergirls-jule-regretit/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2010/01/get-to-know-your-texas-rollergirls-jule-regretit/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:46:18 +0000 http://www.txrollergirls.com/blog/?p=106 Jule Regretit

Likes: Long walks on the beach and bringing the thunder.

 

Position:  Blocker

Team:  Hustlers – Go Purple!

Skater Since:  I have been watching roller derby since its rebirth in Austin in 2003.  I started skating in the recreational league (an arm of the Texas Rollergirls) in the spring of 2008.  I was bored with my workout routine and a friend (Acute Angel) saw an ad in the paper.  We went to Jo’s Coffee Shop to check things out.  It sounded interesting, so we thought we’d give it a shot.  We bought the cheapest equipment we could find because we weren’t sure if we’d stick with it.  We skated for the rec league for about 4 months and learned the basic skills.  At that point, we were hooked.  When we were ready for a bigger challenge, we tried out for the competitive league in the fall of 2008.  Now we are both Hustlers and are starting our second season with the Texas Rollergirls.

What drew me to roller derby:  I have been an athlete all my life.  I played Division I collegiate fast pitch softball at the University of Virginia.  After college, I moved to Austin and it has an amazing amateur sports scene.  On and off through the years, I’ve played volleyball, slow pitch and fast pitch softball, ultimate Frisbee, kickball, and soccer.  Roller derby was a new sport where women get to beat the crap out of each other?  I’d never had that opportunity before. Who knew that I would love running into people and knocking them over?  Women rarely get the chance to play that kind of contact sport, so I was intrigued.  I was always the kid who had their birthday party at the roller rink, so I’d always liked skating.  Now bring in the fact that this is a woman owned and run business and I had to see what this was all about. 

Why my competitors should watch out:  Cause I bring the thunder

When I’m not skating I’m:  Playing with my dog Mia, working at Planned Parenthood, hanging out with my man Sam, dancing, watching live music, playing on my coed soccer team. . .

Favorite music:  I love me some 80’s, but I really have quite a varied taste in music.  I listen to just about anything, it just depends on what I’m doing.

Don’t tell anyone else but:  I have a soft spot for Disney movies.

Last meal:  Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Grilled Chicken.  I love to cook and try to make it as healthy as possible.  We signed up for a bi-weekly vegetable delivery that has really helped keep things fresh. 

 
 
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Get to know your Texas Rollergirls: DILLA http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2009/12/get-to-know-your-texas-rollergirls-dilla/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2009/12/get-to-know-your-texas-rollergirls-dilla/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2009 18:57:23 +0000 http://www.txrollergirls.com/blog/?p=23 DILLA IS A BETTER DANCER THAN YOU. 

Position:  Blocker.

Team:  Hotrod Honeys, Texecutioners

Skater Since:  Joined the Texas Rollergirls in Fall 2007 when I moved to Austin. Prior to that, I had done some initial start-up work with the Rollergirls of Central Kentucky beginning in early 2007.

What drew me to roller derby:  My friends were tired of me hitting them all the time. So I decided to get some new friends.

Why my competitors should watch out:  Hotrod Mafia! Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger!

When I’m not skating I’m:  Dancing! Biking! Dancing!

Favorite music:  Can I dance to it? Then yes!

Don’t tell anyone else but:  I like being smarter than you. And I like proving it.

Last meal:  Whatever it is it will probably involve coffee and ice cream.

See more of Dilla at txrollergirls.com

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