Hello derby fans! It’s time to hop on the the rink to get to know the skaters of your South Jersey Derby Girls. This month we sit down with the woman that carries the heavy load of the pack as a fierce pivot. She is the one and only Beast of Burton #666.
What lead you to roller derby?
I was interested as soon as I first learned what it was, and eventually looked it up one weekend as something fun to go see. It turns out there was a game that night and we watched the OSDA Championships. When they announced that the teams were recruiting, I signed up the very next day and started practice that Monday!
What does being a South Jersey Derby Girl mean to you?
Aside from keeping in shape, being competitive, and getting out frustration, more importantly skating for SJDG is like a great big family. I’ve met the most interesting, genuine people who are really there for you when you need support, cheer you on and help you celebrate your successes, and crack you up when you need a good laugh.
What do you like to do when you’re not derbying?
I love going to the movies or out to eat, and spending time with friends and family. I also like to cook, though I rarely make the time. But traveling to new places is my favorite thing to do!
What is your favorite position to play? Why?
Pivot is my favorite position because you’re up in front holding it down, and all the action comes to you. You’re the last line of defense, but you still have a chance to skate your heart out. (As long as I get to be a #2 blocker too and have the chance to hit people for a whole jam!)
What is your greatest achievement in derby?
Knocking male skaters on their asses!
Beast, as she is affectionately known, is one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. But find yourself on the receiving end of one of her triblocks and you’ll find out why she is called Beast. Fans looking for that intense, passionate level of play should come check out South Jersey Derby Girls and embrace their inner Beast!
Fans can see Beast of Burton in action when the South Jersey Derby Girls’ Justice League takes on the Richmond Derby Demons on March 5, 2011 at the Deptford Skating and Fun Center at 510 Deptford Ave, West Deptford, NJ 08086. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with the game starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00 in advance at sjderbygirls.com or $12.00 at the door. Partial proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. Fans are also encourage to bring a canned or non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of South Jersey.