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“The first quality that is needed is audacity.”
Skater name: Belle Starr
Skater number: 1889
Position: Blocker 3 (back of the pack)
Years played: Since 2005
My true passion is helping people organize their houses. I also love babysitting and hanging out with (other people’s) kids.
Who is your favorite band/musician/group?
I would probably have to say my favorite group is Radiohead. I love lots of music, though: Ani DiFranco, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, and The Violent Femmes are among the greatest of the great who call out from the top of my head. Rumors by Fleetwood Mac might be my favorite album.
What is your most impressive derby injury?
I have been quite fortunate in that I have never seriously injured myself while playing roller derby. I did, however, skate straight into a wall with the lovely Curvette, in an effort to practice for a skate-modified version of the children’s game Red Light, Green Light. Luckily, it was only a sprain, so I only had to miss one game. The first few steps I take on it every morning are a little cumbersome though.
Drink of choice at a bar?
Roller derby (duh), board/card games (pretty much anything where you keep score), biking, performing
Other sports you have played?
I was a classically-trained dancer for sixteen years.
What’s your most embarrassing derby moment?
Any time you make your way to the penalty box after committing a penalty that is going to cost your team a player on the track is embarrassing…unless it was worth it.
When did you start skating? OR How did you get into derby?
I barely skated as a kid and it had been well over ten years since the last time I had even had skates on. A friend of mine worked with Bloody Mary (and retired Hell Marys Bea Attitude and Strawberry). She brought me to my first game in March of 2004. It was love at first sight.
PIZZA! Vegetarian, of course.
Who inspires you?
The Austin Derby Brats and the Texas Rollergirls’ Rec-n-Rollerderby. Both of these groups aspire for greatness in roller derby and their ceaseless enthusiasm is the boost I need to constantly recommit to my own aspirations for greatness in derby.
What are you most thankful for in your life?
I am most thankful that my mom instilled in me from a young age that life is about doing what you want to do. I want to do this, so I’m doing this. Thanks, Ma!
How/why did you pick your derby name?
Belle Starr was a bank-robbin’ heart-throbin’, mean-as-could-be figure from Texas History. Seemed fitting for a derby persona. She was shot and killed in 1889, hence my number.
How has roller derby impacted your life?
ROLLER DERBY IS MY LIFE!!! Never did I think I would find something that gives me such purpose.
What’s the hardest part of being a rollergirl?
I have the most difficulty with drawing the lines between myself and my alter ego. After all this time, the two have melded somewhat but I strive (and struggle) to keep true to both personas.
First thing you do after a derby bout:
I walk my mom and niece out to their car and give them goodbye kisses. They come up from Houston for all the games to represent as my number one fans.
Would you like to brag about your skates?
At Nationals 2009, I received a pair of Vanilla boots…and my feet have fallen in love. They didn’t require any breaking in and they’re still in superb condition, considering the hours we have spent together.
You play several positions, which one is your favorite & why?
My favorite position is definitely Blocker 3. I am a heavy defensive player, so I like having as much time possible to tango with the opposing jammer. When (and if) she gets by, I still have the span of the entire pack to make my way back to blocking her.
Which one of your tattoos is your favorite – what is it and why?
My leg lamp with a rollerskate (homage to the one from A Christmas Story) bears the most sentimentality to me. It is my badge from my days of roller derby, so it will always remind me of these glorious years. A close second is my pi tattoo. I have pi to the first 314 decimal places coiled around my upper thigh. Math is a fascination of mine, and I needed some representation of that on my body. The best tattoo I have ever seen on another person is the three faces of Steve Urkel.
Most memorable experience you’ve had with a fan:
I am a huge fan of our fans! I love hearing people’s life stories and seeing them light up when they talk about derby. I am a fan of derby who happens to also play, so I have shared so many wonderful moments talking with fans who truly understand why it is we do what we do.