photo by Thorpeland Photography

photo by Thorpeland Photography

Retro Dolly #7, Death Row Rumblers

What prompted you to get involved in roller derby? 

It’s really not an exciting story. Roller derby is something I’ve always wanted to do, so one day I just decided I would do it. Why keep wishing and start doing! 

How did you come up with your derby name? 

I kept coming up with scary sounding names at first but that just didn’t seem to fit me. I wanted a name that was a reflection of my personality. I like pin up and vintage and somehow Retro Dolly just popped in my head. It’s also something I wouldn’t mind being called in front of other people. 

Do you have a favorite derby memory? 

My first apex jump in a game was pretty cool. My favorite part though was seeing my teammates jumping and clapping for me. It was definitely something I will never forget. 

The sport seems highly physical. Have you ever gotten injured? 

Last season I broke my wrist. It was kind of a bummer. I had friends watching the game for the first time and 10 minutes in, I went down. I didn’t let that stop me from working hard though and thankfully was able to go to B team champs that October. 

What position are you most comfortable playing? 

Being a pivot is definitely my favorite. I have blocked and jammed and really do enjoy both, so pivoting allows me the best of both worlds. 

A big misconception is that all derby players are "tough broads" and not at all feminine. What would you tell them? 

That is so far from the truth. Derby is made up of all types of women and that is what makes it so great. We all come into this sport with different talents, abilities and body types and its right there that makes derby different from other sports. Speed, agility, balance, and fluidity of movement makes for a strong player just as much as one who can stand her ground and hit hard. I think there is also a new definition of femininity in our society today. Women’s roles are being redefined. Femininity is no longer equated with fragility. The new women today is strong, independent and resourceful. All the qualities that make a great derby player. 

What are your non-derby hobbies/activities/hidden talents? 

I love to dance. I’ve been dancing for as long as I can remember. Everything from hip hop to swing. It’s a great release and one of my favorite things. I love to bake too. I make the best chocolate chip cookies and I have teammates who will back me up on that one. I also enjoy sewing. It’s fun and relaxing and cool to make new things. I once made my friends wedding dress, which was pretty rewarding.