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“A sucker for punishment.”
Skater name: Beck Wise
Skater number: 53
Years played: 2011-present – Texas Rollergirls
2009-2010 – Canberra Roller Derby, Australia
2007-2009 – Sydney Roller Derby, Australia
Birthday: October 19
Likes: Evil Troy and Evil Abed; browncoats; the smell of napalm in the morning
Dislikes: ten things about you
What do you do when you’re not kicking ass on the rink?
I’m a grad student at the University of Texas – that’s actually how I came to be in Austin. Move for the library, stay for the roller derby! There are no prizes for guessing where you’ll find me when I’m not at the rink.
What is your most impressive derby injury?
A lot of girls show off amazing bruises from falls during skating. The biggest bruise I ever had from derby was from my physiotherapist digging her elbow into my piriformis muscle at The Great Southern Slam (the first Asia-Pacific derby championships) in 2010.
Drink of choice at a bar?
I am a big fan of good beer and have been known to pick houses based on how close they are to good pubs. I moved into my house here with no idea where it was or what was around, and was really lucky to find that not only is it halfway between derby practice and the university, but there’s a microbrewery right around the corner.
Other sports you have played?
Netball and indoor volleyball.
How did you get into derby?
I was prompted to start looking up roller derby on the ‘net after seeing That Episode of CSI:NY in 2006 or so. At that time, there was no derby outside the United States, but as leagues started to spring up in Auckland (New Zealand), Brisbane and Melbourne, I was inspired to start Sydney Roller Derby in 2007. It was the third or fourth league in Australia (Sydney and Adelaide started up in the same week!) and I skated with them until mid-2009, before moving back to my home town, where I joined Canberra Roller Derby. I was really honored to get to play for CRDL at the first Asia-Pacific championship in June 2010, right before I moved to Texas. It was the perfect conclusion to the down under chapter of my derby life, having watched Australian derby grow from absolutely nothing, into a thriving sport that managed to throw the biggest derby event in the world.
Middle Eastern anything. I nearly died of joy when I was in Lebanon and learnt that tabouli is a real salad there, not just a garnish – they bring you a big bowl of it and a spoon. Bliss! Before I moved to the States, I was obsessed with peanut-butter M&Ms, which aren’t available in Australia – I set up my own black market, trading Aussie candy for them. Now that I can get them anytime I want? … I don’t actually like them anymore.
Favorite roller derby player?
I have a big place in my heart for Adelaide Roller Derby’s Vaderella – she’s an amazing pivot, a super-cool head on the track (and everywhere else) and was 100% behind my nerdy efforts to get Team Australia named The Mortal Wombats. I love big jammers who power their own way through the pack – Rocky Mountain’s Deranged and Oly’s Tannibal Lector stand out.
How has roller derby impacted your life?
I feel like this should be multiple choice so I could answer “E: all of the above” – I’m not even sure where to start the list.
First thing you do after a derby bout:
I make a beeline for the nearest giant burger.
Would you like to brag about your skates?
I would, but I’m a gear nerd and much of what I’d say would be meaningless to anyone but my fellow gear nerds. Put it this way: I have a special bookshelf for my skates and back in Australia, I had a special glass-fronted cabinet to protect and show off my wheels.
Most memorable experience you’ve had with a fan:
After playing my first game with Canberra last year, I was absolutely astonished when the team were mobbed by little girls wanting our autographs! It’s so thrilling to know that we’re role models for the next generation and that we inspire them with derby values of being healthy, active and self-sufficient. Who wants to be a rock star? I’d take this any day.