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Featured Skater – February 2019

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Our Featured Skater for the month of February is
Dizzy Aster of the Kansas City Roller Warriors!

Name: Dizzy Aster
Team: Victory Vixens
Number: 5
Position: Jammer, Blocker, Pivot
Seasons with KCRW: 1


Where did your roller derby career begin, and how did you discover the sport?

“A few years ago I was having a mini freakout about my upcoming 30th birthday (which yes, seems so silly now), and I was like, “I need to do something really cool RIGHT NOW before I’m TOO OLD!” (See? So silly.)

I don’t remember what exactly made me think of roller derby. I do remember that I was determined to do the coolest thing I could think of, and that thing was roller derby. Shortly after that, I was somewhat serendipitously introduced to two skaters from Topeka. They convinced me to go to practice with them, and just like that, I became a skater for the Capital City Crushers. I was a Crusher for three seasons before transferring to KCRW at the beginning of this season.”

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Roller derby changes every life it touches. How has it changed yours?

“I played team sports growing up, all the way up through high school, and then nothing through college and my 20s. I ran a lot and did the occasional rec softball, but nothing like roller derby. I forgot how much I LOVED being on a team. Camaraderie! Common goals! Friendship!

Speaking of friends, you know how they say it’s hard to make new friends as an adult? Not with roller derby! Friends! Friends galore! It’s very likely you’ll find someone that’s just your type of weirdo to be your friend. It’s nice. Also, it’s the most consistent working out I’ve done in my adult life. I can talk myself out of going to the gym, but I hate missing practice!”

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Tell us the origin of your derby name.

Dizzy Aster was gifted to me. I had something entirely different picked out, but didn’t really love it. My friends Jake and Mary were expecting their first baby. Jake wanted to name it Dizzyaster. Mary said no, thank you. Jake said I should use it as my roller derby name. I said I would be honored. The baby’s name is Maya. This is a true story.”

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What sets you apart in KCRW?

“Oh man, I don’t know. I do hope people see that I take this very seriously, but also that I am having a seriously good time.”

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What makes Dizzy Aster tick? At the end of the day, what keeps you going in this crazy love we call roller derby?

“The “well it’s now or never!” attitude that came with joining roller derby at 30 has stuck with me. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. Might as well do something awesome now! I love roller derby so much, more than anything else I’ve ever done or tried. And I never felt like I was really good at anything before. This is my thing. I found it! I want to be really, really good at it. I want to see how far I can push it while I’m willing and able. That’s why I transferred to KCRW.

Also, I’m very competitive. This is probably a healthier outlet for that than, say, competitive eating. Although I can eat an impressive amount of tacos!”

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To see more of Dizzy Aster and all the Kansas City Roller Warriors in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.

Featured Dead Girl – September 2014


Our Featured Dead Girl for September is
Fire Wyer of the Untouchables!

Name: Fire Wyer
Teams: Untouchables, Fountain City Travel Team, MADE in USA
Number: 88
Position(s): Bump, Jammer, Pivot
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 4


How did you discover Dead Girl Derby?
“Honestly, I was debating on KCRW for years and would never get the courage to just do it. I grew up skating and my dad was a huge part of my skating days and he wanted me to do derby. He passed away 10-3-10, and about a week later I found out about DGD and thought, “what the heck, I guess I will go watch a practice.” I felt like it was home the first night and felt like my dad has led me there!”


Explain the origin of your derby name.
“This was probably the hardest thing about derby. I spent many nights trying to figure this out. I knew I was getting married and I really wanted to use my maiden name in my derby name (Wyer). I threw around Barb Wyer, Live Wyer, Wyer Hang-her, and they were all taken on the register. Colin Mayhem (former DGD announcer) said, “Hey you should be Fire Wyer.” Well, it stuck! So there you have it.. FIRE WYER! 88 has always been my favorite number, and when I raced go-karts it was my number.”


Who inspires you on the track?
“I have so many… I really want to be just like Badonka Boom when I grow up! I also admire Texas Outlaw because I saw her come to recruitment the first night and didn’t have a clue how to stand on skates (love you), and within the same season she was jamming! Super amazing transformation. Ally Cap-One is another girl that has always tried to keep me in line. As a teammate, she would always be there to make sure I was keeping my cool and bring me down to earth if I would happen to travel away, and now as a coach, she is there once again to keep me skating a straight line!”


How has roller derby changed your life?
“I would have to say derby has really has taught me what teamwork really means. I have met some of the best friends I could have met! Its taught me to allow myself to have me-time, settle down, and take care of myself.”


What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Fire Wyer?
“It really allows me to be ME. I can just cut loose and be myself. I love to belt out at the top of my lungs and sing whatever song is in my head. I can’t carry a tune and I sound like crap, but I don’t care. It has allowed me to come out of my comfort zone. Before derby, I would have NEVER dressed like this! I get to just do whatever my heart allows me to do. THATS FIRE WYER — be who I want to be.”

To see more of Fire Wyer and all the Dead Girls in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and check out our newly-launched Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Featured Dead Girl – August 2014


Our Featured Dead Girl for August is 10acious V!

Name: 10acious V
Teams: The Royal Pains
Number: BAMF
Position(s): Jammer, Pivot, Blocker
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 3


How did you discover Dead Girl Derby?
“I really wanted to do roller derby and I found DGD online. I attended their championship games to see what it was all about, and I was hooked. I came to recruitment night and the rest is history.”


Explain the origin of your derby name.
“I got my name from Tenacious D and changed it around to make it more ‘girly.’ I thought it was really funny. I was torn between choosing 10acious V or BAMF as my name, so I was pretty excited when I found out I could use BAMF as my number.”


Who inspires you on the track?
“I am so inspired by my team! They never quit and always give everything they have for our team. They are all so amazing and it is an honor to skate with them. Coach Kentner pushes me to be better and makes me believe I can be better. Coach Arp is the most encouraging coach in the world! He always knows what to say to pump you up and makes you believe in yourself. My husband Chad is my biggest fan and his belief in me pushes me to become the best skater I can be.”


How has roller derby changed your life?
“Roller derby has been amazing for me! It has made me embrace my inner athlete and become a healthier person. Roller derby makes my soul happy and no matter what happens in my day, I know that I can go to practice and skate it out. I also cherish the new friendships that I have found in my derby family.”


What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in 10acious V?
“Playing derby has made me more tenacious than ever. I have learned that no matter how tired you are there is always something more you can give. I love the adrenaline rush of playing and the mental challenges of the game. It makes me feel alive!”

To see more of 10acious V and all the Dead Girls in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and check out our newly-launched Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl – August 2014


Our Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for August is The Kadydid Kid!

Name: The Kadydid Kid
Teams: The Danger Dolls
Number: R-84
Position(s): Blocker
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 3


How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“I discovered BRG through my sister, Lucy Brawler. She always wanted me to play and she asked if I wanted to try it out.”


Explain the origin of your derby name.
“My derby name is originated from The Karate Kid. It was “Cady Did-It” for a week, and obviously it didn’t stick. Lucy suggested this name and it was perfect! The whole league called me Kid anyway since I was the youngest in the league at the time.”


Who inspires you on the track?
“Everyone inspires me on the track. Every woman in this league has a special talent and they all inspire me to learn more and constantly strive to be better. I love every Blacksnake, coach, ref, and skater.”


How has roller derby changed your life?
“Roller derby gave me an outlet to get away from all of the life things that happen. BRG is a big second family that I couldn’t imagine NOT having in my life. They make me laugh, cry, and brighten my day when I’m having a really bad one.”


What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in The Kadydid Kid?
“BRG makes me want to be the best I can be, on the track and off. These girls are nurses, military men and women, computer nerds, and so many greater things than just the ones we come in contact with on a daily basis. It helps me keep going through school and they inspire me to be great in life. They are a great support system and I am so proud to be a Blacksnake!”

To see more of The Kadydid Kid and all the Blacksnake Rollergirls in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and check out our newly-launched Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Featured Dead Girl – July 2014


Our Featured Dead Girl for July is Zombina!

Name: Zombina
Teams: The Shotgun Sheilas and Gang Green
Number: BRAAAINS
Position(s): Blocker, Jammer, Pivot
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 2


How did you discover Dead Girl Derby?
“I had always thought roller derby was an interesting sport, but only had ever seen old videos (those 1960s bombshells going crazy on the banked track). I had yet to experience modernized derby in all its glory. Around the time I was pregnant with my youngest son, my really good friend of almost nine years, 10aciousV, started playing with DGD. The way she talked about the league and what skating did for her made me even more interested. She talked about all the benefits: exercise, girl time, bonding, and her transformation into an ultra-BAMF. So one weekend I took the whole family up to River Roll to watch 10acious skate. Watching her skate her heart out and seeing all the passion in the girls that were skating made me realize that this was something I had to do as soon as I could after my pregnancy. So, six weeks after my son was born, I was at recruitment night, nervous as hell! And even though I couldn’t skate to save my life and fell down constantly, I was in love!”


Explain the origin of your derby name.
“Anyone who has known me for quite some time understands I have a ‘slight’ obsession with horror films, specifically zombie movies. In college I redesigned “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks as a pocket guide for on-the-go survival, my house is decked out in tons of Zombie stuff from zombie gnomes outside in our garden to zombie artwork on the walls, I take my children with me to participate in zombie walks, and I have seen almost every zombie film I can get my hands on. After much debate (picking a derby name ranks up there in difficulty with naming your children!) it seemed only natural to have my name tie to the undead flesh eaters and I already had an online handle as z0mbina, so I just went with that!”


Who inspires you on the track?
“Wow…this is super tough… Dead Girl Derby has so many talented and fearless people involved with it… it’s so hard to pick. First off: the not-so-fresh-meat this year have been incredibly inspiring! They are not afraid to push themselves to the limit and keep going, even though their legs are like jello or they may be nervous about a new drill. All of those girls have come so far from when they started. I am so proud of them! Of course, all my Sheilas have been incredibly inspiring for me as well! They will never let me give up when I’m frustrated, are always pushing me to do better than my best, and are so encouraging! Individual skaters outside my team that inspire me are: Red Ripper, 10aciousV, Striking Dervish, Ginger Ninja, Jam-Pa, Leroy Jenkins, and [Suicide] Snowcone.”


How has roller derby changed your life?
“There were plenty of times last season that I was about to give up. I was frustrated that I wasn’t progressing as fast as I wanted to, I was nervous on my skates, I wasn’t fast, etc etc etc… but the best part was that even though I had begun to give up on myself, others in the league wouldn’t let me. The encouragement I have seen from skaters and coaches is just incredibly heartwarming. I have met some really wonderful people because of this sport, and that’s ultra-difficult for me since I have a really hard time opening up and making new friends. I also feel like I am probably in the best shape since high school and more physically strong than I have ever been. Roller derby also have given me a new-found sense of empowerment!”


What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Zombina?
“I love being able to help the newer skaters. I remember that feeling of downing on the track, not knowing what to do. I don’t want our new skaters feeling like that, so I always make myself available for questions or offering up tweaks to their technique. I think I am at my best when I can contribute to my league mates accomplishments. It’s great to watch a skater fulfill their derby aspirations!”

To see more of Zombina and all the Dead Girls in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and check out our newly-launched Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Featured Dead Girl – June 2014


Our Featured Dead Girl for June 2014 is Miki Malicious!

Name: Miki Malicious
Teams: Lovely Lethals and Public Enemies
Number: HANG10
Position(s): Blocker, Jammer
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 1


How did you discover Dead Girl Derby?
“A flyer saying ‘are you derby strong’ caught my eye at my local music and video store. Went to the very first orientation and bought my derby skate kit from B&D that night.”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“My grandmother. She played roller derby in high school and then went pro. Her nickname is Miki and I wanted to pay homage to her. Funny part is, I didn’t know she was a derby girl until after I joined DGD. I guess you can say roller derby runs in my family. Then, Malicious just clicked, because it’s the opposite of my persona.”

Who inspires you on the track?
“I’d like to add ‘encouraging,’ ‘supportive,’ and ‘constructive.’ Red Ripper, Crash AnialIateHer, Foxxi Brown, Mel Breakdown, Striking Dervish, Pippi Strongblocking, Lunatic Lola, ChocaZilla, Joey Lethal, and Leroy Jenkins. Of course, last but not least, my husband, my son, and my grandmother Cora ‘Miki’ Richie.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“I fell in love with roller derby the very first day. Surprisingly and unexpectedly, it got inside my heart, resulting in more strength in mind, my health in all aspects, has never been better. Roller derby is exactly what I was missing in my life.”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Miki Malicious?
“Definitely have to say more confidence, patience, self control, dedication, and strive. But seeing the proud look on my son’s face is priceless. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my husband and son for their support by letting me use them as practice dummies for hitting, blocking, hip checks, etc. I love you guys!”

Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl – June 2014


Our featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for June 2014 is Rainbow Frite!

Name: Rainbow Frite
Team: The Rushin' Rollettes, BRG All-Stars
Number: 5 Stars
Position(s): Blocker
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 3


How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“I was actually recruited by a couple of players that have since retired, Kitty Chaos and Victoria’s Secret Weapon. I work with them and they thought I would be a good fit for BRG. So I showed up to a practice and actually got really busy with work and didn’t go back for a couple of months. Once I returned, I was drafted to the Venomous Vixens and only had a few practices before I played my first game! After that first game, I was addicted.”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“I had kicked around several names, one being Abbey Rogue to appease my obsession with the Beatles. My husband, Coach Sk8 O’Masochist, and I were sitting around trying to come up with ideas. He came up with a lot of names… but Rainbow Frite, taken from Rainbow Brite, stuck with me. I am an 80s child, and who doesn’t love Rainbow Brite? The name stuck and I couldn’t imagine having any other name!”

Who inspires you on the track?
“There are so many people that inspire me. I have to give a shout-out to the original Venomous Vixens. Without the OVV, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Coach Chadillac, Coach I for an Eye, Coach Jon, Coach Daddy Rampage, and all the ladies on the team taught me what derby was all about. All of the ladies on that team pushed me, but I have to give a special shout-out to Hott-ness Monster. She continuously pushed me in practices, sometimes literally, which enabled me to push my body to limits I didn’t know I could reach. She taught me a lot of what I know when it comes to blocking and I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to help me out. Coach Sk8 O’Masochist is someone who inspires me every day. He pushes me and he pushes our team to be the best we can be. He has turned into such an amazing coach and I couldn’t imagine derby without him. Des’Amator, my derby wife and partner in crime, continues to inspire me to work harder in practice as well as outside of practice. She is an amazing derby player and I am so lucky to have her on my team. I’m am also obsessed with DGD! There are way too many skaters and coaches to list, but they are amazing people and anytime I get to spend with them on and off the track is a privilege. To all the ladies and gentlemen in BRG, you are my family and I am so glad to have you in my life!”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“Before derby, I didn’t really know a lot of people in town. We had moved to St. Joseph in the fall of 2009 and didn’t really get out much. As soon as I joined BRG, I started making friends. Those friends have turned into my sisters and brothers. I am amazed everyday by the community feeling we have in our league. If someone is in need, our league is right there making sure everyone is taken care of. I have never seen so many selfless people in one spot. I feel that is the case with other leagues as well, such as Dead Girl Derby and Benton County Derby. I love this league and am very thankful to have such an amazing support system!”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Rainbow Frite?
“My team brings out the best in me. It is such an honor to skate with the Rushin’ Rollettes. Everyone gives their all every single game and in every single practice. My teammates push me to keep getting better and to keep showing up to every single practice so I can better myself for my team and the league. Plus, hitting people is pretty fun too.”