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“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Skater name: La Dolce Beatah
Skater number: 207
Year started playing with TXRG: 2013
Other league info: Played for DC Rollergirls, 2008-2009
Age: over 30
How did you get into derby?
I wanted to learn how to skateboard, but didn’t have anyone to teach me. Then I saw an ad for tryouts for the DC Rollergirls. I figured that derby would be a good alternative, especially when I found out it was a contact sport.
String cheese, Klondike bars, peanut butter filled pretzels from Trader Joe’s.
Favorite roller derby player?
I don’t have one. I love watching and learning for all different types of skates. Something that makes derby so unique is that women of all shapes and sizes are all threats on the track.
Who inspires you?
Smart women who make their voices and ideas heard through their actions and their kindness.
What are you most thankful for in your life?
Airplanes and the internet. Sounds silly, but both of those things let me see and keep in touch with the family and friends that I live far away from.
How/why did you pick your derby name?
I grew up watching old movies – La Dolce Vita was one of my favorites. Plus I could throw in the Maine accent, ayah!
How has roller derby impacted your life?
I’m an introvert, but on the track I’ve finally discovered my inner feistiness.
What’s the hardest part of being a rollergirl?
Remembering I’m not on the track when I drive home from practice. (I’ve got the speeding tickets to prove it.)
First thing you do after a derby bout:
Eat string cheese and get rid of my helmet hair.
Which one of your tattoos is your favorite – what is it and why?
I have a tattoo on my chest that says family in Bengali. It’s in memory of my grandfather.