Brix Hithouse

Number: 28

Team(s): Mile High Club, ELectrocuties, Team Colorado

Years of Skating: 4 and a half

Motto: You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind

Position: Blocker/Pivot

 

What is your favorite part of skating for DRD?:

My favorite thing about DRD is the support we show each other. It takes the whole league to cultivate the amazing skaters we have, and it takes everyone to make the league run! I am so proud to be part of a community that looks out for each other.  

 

What is your day job?

I am a designer and the Decor manager for EXDO Event Center and Tracks Night Club.

 

How has roller derby impacted your life?

There are no words to describe how Derby has impacted my life. I feel like it has given me an invaluable amount of confidence. Not only has it given me physical strength, but it has also given me the mental and emotional strength to be exactly who i am. It’s pretty cool.

 

What advice would you give to newbie skaters?

Practice, practice, practice! Ask for help, set goals, and never think you are too good to work on the basics.

 

Tell us one thing about yourself that we would not expect.

I love stupid reality competition shows.

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

I would like to be able to read people’s minds but only selectively, cause i am sure there are some things I really don’t want to know.

 

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Speeda Von Teese

Number: 107

Team(s):  Bad Apples, Standbys

Years of Skating:  4

Motto:  Have fun

Position: Blocker, Jammer

 

What is the significance of your derby name and number?

Since the early nineties, Dita Von Teese has been cultivating a heavily stylized image that has greatly contributed to the revival of neo burlesque aesthetics.  I thought that her DIY origins, persistence, confidence, vision and commitment to style fit hand in evening glove with the idea of creating a roller derby persona.

 

How did you get involved with roller derby?

I’ve skated on quads since I was a kid, but skating didn’t seem to have much of an outlet the older I got.  During college I’d skate in places I wasn’t supposed to just to see if I could get away with it — my office job or through stores and restaurants.  One day I was rolling around a car meet and someone handed me a derby tryout flyer that got the gears turning, but it took me a long time and several more chance encounters before I determined I might really be able to be trained to hit people on skates and still survive.

 

What are some of your greatest accomplishments, on or off the track?

So far I’ve read 41 books this year?

 

What is your favorite part of skating for DRD?

It’s a privilege to practice in a dedicated space with people who are incredibly good skaters and strategists.

 

What is your day job?  Doughnut slinger.

 

How has roller derby impacted your life?

I thought that derby was something to do to avoid going to the gym; now I’m trying to figure out ways to fit in the gym to cross-train for derby.  Even at my non-travel team level, fitting in practices and committee work and all of it around a day job have become a sort of lifestyle that impacts many short and long term decisions I make.  Through derby I’ve also developed some deep friendships and the notion that I can face difficult challenges head on.  I didn’t expect any of this when I joined.

 

What advice would you give to newbie skaters?

Figure out what is motivating you to do derby and keep that close if you start to get discouraged.  Don’t give up just because you didn’t nail your first test-up.  Go to as many practices as you can if you want to improve, but also figure out how you plan to pace yourself (don’t feel like you have to take on all the derby jobs, don’t forget about your life outside of derby).

 

Tell us one thing about yourself that we would not expect.

I almost always carry coupons on my person and fantasize about getting so good at stacking them that I could be drafted for Extreme Couponing on TLC.

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

See #8.

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