Derby Player Profile – UnSweet T
the Hard Knox Roller Girls
Sales and customer service for a kayak manufacturer, Jackson Kayak
How long have you been skating?
Over 30 years.
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
Back in 2006 my husband and I stumbled on the reality show on TV called Rollergirls. It featured teams from Austin, TX. We were addicted to watching it. My husband new I loved to skate so he encouraged me to find a team and check it out. The rest is history.
How often do you practice?
3 times a week, 2 league practices and one endurance practice.
What Pads do you use?
A combination of 187’s and Pro Tec pads.
What Helmet do you use?
I use a kayak helmet called wild water. It has several drain holes for water which help to vent my head while skating. We sweat a lot playing roller derby!
What skates do you use?
What were your first pair of skates?
Wow, such a long time ago that it’s hard to say. I know I had some pretty white ones with pom-poms and bells and a nice fancy roller skating case.
Where did your nick name come from?
A friend thought of it for me. I wanted to somehow incorporate my derby name with something that relates to me. My friends call me T (because my first name starts with a T). Here in the Southeast where I play roller derby, they serve sweet tea, really sweet tea. I’m from the Midwest where they serve unsweetened tea as standard. I thought the name had a nice play on meaning that relates to me and roller derby.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
I love so much about it that it’s hard to say. I really respect the sport, the game, the dedication and heart it takes to be a roller girl. We get worked out on the track and come back for more. I look forward to the day that those currently not familiar with the sport or the effort it takes to be a roller girl begin to see us as the true athletes we are!
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Respect your teammates, coaches, refs and volunteers. Try not to compare yourself to others (this is hard) but just push yourself as hard as you can and you’ll see amazing results! Help your teammates; let them learn from you and you from them.