X-Sting-Ya

Name: X-Sting-Ya Nickname: X What’s the origin of your name? When I first started Fresh Meat I started thinking of names with my Fresh Meat partner in crime Kelsee, and she actually came up with it, wanted something that kinda went with Kristina. Number:0502 What does your number mean? This number is my mothers birthday, she passed away three years ago, and I know if she was here she would be cheering me along and saying how crazy she thinks I am. Team: NWA B-Team What position do you play? Still working on that? How long have you been skating? I started very young, and grew up in a small town where all we had was a skating rink. Decided to tie my laces back up in August 2011. When did you join derby? October 2011 How did you get involved in derby? I recently moved back to AR in May, one day I googled AR Roller Derby and that was it, went to a Open Skate and met Stomp N Ash, and now here I am. Signature move: Still figuring it out. Derby heroes: All NWARD, you girls ROCK!! What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? They are tough as nails, but sweet as can be! What do you do outside of derby? I am a Sr. Leasing Consultant for Stone Manor Condos, and a mother to a ornery 5 year old and a full time aunt to a 10 year old. I try to hike when I can and hang out with my friends and family. Favorite derby moment so far? Practices! Everyone is so helpful, I am thrilled to be a part of this. Favorite derby teams? After Nationals, I have to say Gotham Girls! What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? You will know if this is for you, and if it is just stay committed! Where are you from? Born in PA, but grew up in Gravette, AR. How long have you lived here? Recently moved back after being gone for 7 years! What keeps you here? My family and friends. Animals? 2 Yorkies. Tyson Grant and Taylor Mae and one little Betta name Rex. Family? My dad, my two sisters, and 4 beautiful nieces! My mother most of all watching over us everyday! I’m a lucky...

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Brat Von D

Name: Brat Von D Nickname: Brat What’s the origin of your name? I’ve got the tats like Kat Von D, but with a little bit more of a pain in the butt attitude. Number: 10-24 What does your number mean? It’s police “ten code” for assault and/or offering emergency backup. Team: B Team What position do you play? Blocker How long have you been skating? Basically? Since March of ’11. I did a little session skating at a pre-pre-teen but that’s about it. When did you join derby? March 2011 How did you get involved in derby? The lovely Ms. Twilight actually. We worked for the same company and she mentioned it a few times but with my work schedule, it was never an option. When I got a new job, first thing I did was get with her and find out when fresh meat was. My last day at that job was Friday, I started fresh meat on Sunday and my new job on Monday. Signature move: Not entirely sure I’ve developed one yet, but I hear my booty is a force to be reckoned with at times. What role do you play behind the scenes? Sponsorship & Recruitment committees. Pre-bout ritual: Light lunch.. i.e. chicken noodle soup, a few slices of sharp cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt and water. Lots of water.. A banana or two as well. Motivational quote: Simple and to the point, “Let’s play some roller derby!” from 99 herself. Derby heroes: I’ve always enjoyed watching JoAnn of Arc skate, and I love me some heavy hitters: 99, Rusty, Bomba & Wop. What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? The ability to just shut up and skate. What do you do outside of derby? I work as an admin for a private research company in the incarcerations department.. aaaand I’m a mommy to a pain-in-the-butt gorgeous little girl. Favorite derby moment so far? Ooh.. first bout.. Nothing beats that! Favorite derby teams? I’m going to say OCRG simply bc I have a friend who got into derby bc of me and she skates for them. If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Backblocking. I get it, really.. I do, but I don’t have to like it. What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Again: Shut up and skate. No whining, no excuses, just make it happen. It’s worth it in the end, but you have to work at it; it is a full contact sport after all. Derby awards? MVP @ Bite Night ’11 (my first bout, woot!) Where are you from? Orange County, California How long have you lived here? 5 years What keeps you here? My daughter & her very derby supportive dad! Animals? Do dust bunnies count? Family? My dad back home in SoCal is my number one...

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Twilight Zone

Name: Twilight Zone Nickname: Twilight What’s the origin of your name? I worked for 40/29 news at the time I tried out for derby and they all voted that it was the most popular name out of all that I had picked. Also my “real” name is Twyla and kinda sounds like twilight so when I was little I got made fun of and called that. Wish I realized then just how cool the name was! Number: 20 What does your number mean? There are a few reasons why I’m number 20: It’s my husbands favorite number, we met when I was 20, both our moms are 20yrs older than us (20 is just weird for us I guess), and when I started skating, my favorite race car driver Tony Stewart was number 20. Teams: Capt of Backwoods Betties, Arkansas Killbillies, Co-Capt of Hardwood Hustlas, and Capt of NWA B-Team What positions do you play? Pivot and Blocker How long have you been skating? I skated a little when I was younger but until I joined derby, I hadn’t been on skates since I was 11! And that was only for a b-day party! Before that I was probably around 9. But man derby has taught me so much! When did you join derby? I passed my (what was then called MST’s) in ’07. I was so excited I jumped up on a bench and fell on the floor on my knee! I had the worst rug burn for 2wks but it was so worth it to finally be a derby girl! And been loving it every since! How did you get involved in derby? I saw a flier for a bout and my mom had always told me awesome stories about a friend she had that played for the Thunderbirds way back when, and I just had to check it out. At halftime I talked to Danger Darling at the merch table about how to get involved, she told me how great it was and told me I had 2 check practice out and I did the next week! Signature move: Sneak attack What role do you play behind the scenes? I’m a part of the events and reffing committees Pre-bout ritual: Make sure I have thick socks on, my contacts in and ready to go!! Motivational quote: Make the best out of each day, only you can ruin it! (some people just kinda help you a little! Derby heroes: Saba Taj (for being the most helpful and motivational skater I’ve ever known), JoAnn because I’ve watched her grow in derby since day 1 and she has learned and taught so much, and because shes just awesome! And Kelly Young (do I really need to say why)?! What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Someone who has a great attitude after the game, or who...

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