Posts Tagged ‘bleeding heartland’

Q:What prompted you to get into derby?
I started going to the bouts to watch Death Proof and cheer on the Steamers! Although I really didn’t understand the game except for the jammer having to get through the pack, I loved the atmosphere in the stadium; skaters, fans, music, costumes, skulls, tats – totally cool! I went to an open skate a week before fresh meat started to see if I remembered how to skate and bought my gear the following day! Been diggin’ it ever since!

Q:What about being on a team is different from what you previously thought?
I’ve played with other teams in other sports before and usually most of the time teams will “click” and everyone will get along, but for some reason in derby, teams just seem to bond more! I cannot imagine being on another team.

Q: What was it like, getting to skate in your first bout against Bleeding Heartland?
I’m sure I didn’t think this before the Bleeding Heartland bout because I was so nervous at the time, but playing there first helped take away some of my jitters for the first home bout in Cleveland at the Wolstein (just some)!  My HazMat teammates and all the vets calmed my nerves  from breakfast time until the bout started! I had never felt that much adrenalin with any other sport I have played. It was a total rush!

Q:What has been your most humbling moment in derby so far?
When I first started skating with the fresh meat I really had no skating or derby skills so it was pretty cool when I  passed the skills test.  And then little by little the vets started to trickle in and real derby began!  I consider myself a pretty competitive person so it was very humbling to skate with the vets.  It was like skating with my super heroes!

Q:Tell us about your off-skates workout regimen.
I workout pretty consistently off skates, I always have. I get cranky when I can’t. I love running outside.  I can’t do treadmills they are way too boring for me!  Ashtanga and Bikram yoga at least two times a week.  Spin classes totally suck but are totally necessary!  And since I started derby, I’ve been making an effort to do more plyometric training and weights, the really fun stuff!

Q:What has been your biggest challenge in derby so far?
My biggest challenge I’ve had with derby so far is being able to play faster, smarter derby. Not faster as in my skating, but the actual game. Recognizing whether I should be switching from offense to defense,  my position on the track, being aware of both jammers, communicating with my team.  It’s a fast, strategic game with a ton of rules!

Q:Any words of advice for someone considering trying out for BRRG?
The only advice I have to the future BRRG fresh meaties is to STAY INTO IT! Don’t give up no matter how many times you wanna throw up from line drills or hit your bottom on the floor!  It’s alllll worth it!

Q:Tell our fans one fun fact about you:
I’m a total biker chic when I can be!

Q:Do you have a pre-bout routine or any bout day superstitions?
I do anything but rest or relax before the bouts, I’m way too anxious to sit around.  I do a mini workout in the morning and usually end up spastically cleaning my apartment.

Q:Give a shout out to the Hot Mess fans out there!
Thank you to all the BRRG fans. We love and appreciate all your cheers!  Keep it HOT, keep it M3SSY!

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Demona Driver

Let’s meet Demona Driver of the BRRG HazMat Crew!

What do your fellow skaters call you?: Double D or Demona

Q:What prompted you to get into derby?
I love contact sports and skating, so it was a win-win situation.

Q:Tell us about your experience before joining up.
I started skating when I was about 5 years old; it’s always been a favorite past time activity. So, when I found derby it was great.

Q:Is there anything about derby that stands out in your mind as having changed since you first became part of BRRG?
The athleticism of it. I think some people see derby as cute girls in skirts skating and hitting each other, but it’s so much more than that. It takes a lot of work and skill to be an effective player.

Q:What about being on a team is different than you previously thought?
Just the way everyone comes together for a common goal, working hard to make sure we all learn each other’s ways and abilities, and find a way to help and encourage each other.

Q: What was it like, getting to skate in your first bout against Bleeding Heartland?
It was amazing, the gals of Bleeding Heartland had some great strategy work, and I learned that I can put out more energy than I thought when my adrenaline is pumping hard!

Q: What did you learn in that bout that you’ll put to good use in the next HazMat bout?
How important forming good strong walls is. Also, how important solid communication (on and off the track) is for success.

Q:What has been your most humbling moment in derby so far?
Just hanging on and trying harder. When I first started I felt very slow and confused, and I knew I had to put in a lot of work on and off the track to rise above.

Q:What travel team would you LOVE to face off against?
I would like to play against the Detroit derby girls!

Q: What is your favorite drill?
Windy City hitting drill. Not only is it hard hitting, but it’s great endurance work as well!

Demona in her first bout against Bleeding Heartland

Q:Tell us about your off-skates workout regimen.
Well I go to Soza Fitness and Wellness at least three to four times for various boot-camp classes, and I also go to the Y for running, weight lifting and swimming at least three days a week.

Q:What has been your biggest challenge in derby so far?
Overcoming my physical limitations.

Q: Any words of advice for someone considering trying-out for BRRG?
Off skates training is essential for success. I don’t think enough people realize how important strength training is towards your derby goals!

Q:Tell our fans one fun fact about you:
I love to karaoke and don’t get to do it enough!

Q:Do you have a pre-bout routine or any bout day superstitions?
I love to do yoga or some form of meditation before a bout.

Congratulations Demona on becoming the newest addition to the Hard Knockers!  Be sure to check her out when The Knockers take on The Hellbombers April 30 at the Wolstein.