We have brand-spanking-new teammates, and we’re ready to show them to the world! You may have already glimpsed these ladies from afar if you’ve been to any of our home bouts recently. (They’ve been racking up MVPs all over the place!) But wouldn’t it be great to meet them in person? You can! Come out to our Deb Brawl next Tuesday night at Argosy and schmooze not only with our newest players, but also with the rest of your Atlanta Rollergirls! And just so you know for whom to buy a celebratory drink, here are some brief introductions.
Madditude Adjustment is the most recent member of our All-Star Team, the Dirty South Derby Girls (DSDG). When she was drafted to the Atlanta Rollergirls in January, she was already a member of our B-Team, The Rumble Bs. She’s an agile and imposing skater who will take on our international competition as well as continuing to showcase her talents on her home team, the Apocalypstix.
Can you give us a little roller derby resume? After moving for the third move in less than 3 years to a different state and city, I knew I needed to find something to make friends. I was a gymnast growing up and had heard of roller derby before moving to Michigan. I showed up to a practice in January of 2012, strapped on rental skates and borrowed gear and fell in love. I played 1 full season (2012) on my old league’s B team, split the following season (2013) between B team and charter, but broke my ankle in May 2013 at a tournament in North Carolina and so I’m technically on my third year/season but took about 6 -7 months off for that. I was a jammer on my B team, but moved to mostly a blocker when I moved up to charter. Though I didn’t like it at first, I quickly began to really love blocking.
How excited were you to find out you’d been drafted to DSDG? Tryouts were scary, but I felt pretty confident going into them. I had done pre-season tryouts, too. I hadn’t felt completely ready then, being post-ankle surgery, but I knew what to expect this time through. I’m pretty sure I jumped up and down when I got the email that I had gotten placed on DSDG.
You just played your first bout with DSDG on July 12. How was it? My first game with DSDG was pretty darn awesome. It was scary and nerve-wracking, but in a good way. I just had to go out there and do what I know how to do. I still sometimes can’t believe that in my 3rd year I play with the #13 team in the world. Hard work does, in fact, pay off.
What does your non-derby time look like? Non derby time… there isn’t a lot. I work full time as a recreation therapist at Shepherd Center helping adults with spinal cord injuries. It’s a really rewarding, awesome job. I have a rescue dog, Elfie. She’s a Great Dane/Boxer mix and is a little bit of a nutcase. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy getting outside with her as much as possible.
Shannanigan joined the Sake Tuyas just a few months ago and is already proving to be formidable force on the track. In her very first bout with the Sakes, she picked up Blocker MVP! She’s a versatile and experienced skater with an impressive resume. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome her.
What brought you to ARG? I moved to Atlanta to be closer to some friends I had down here and to try living somewhere more affordable. I knew I wanted to try skating with ARG pretty much as soon as the decision to move was made. I sent my transfer info in before I moved and came to my first practice the day after I got here!
You have a pretty impressive past. Can you tell us about it? I have been playing derby since 2008. I started with the Windy City Rollers, played with the Philly Roller Girls from early 2010 through late 2012, and then played with Shore Points Roller Derby for a year before coming to Atlanta. I played primarily as a jammer for WCR’s The Fury and PRG’s Independence Dolls, as a blocker for PRG’s Liberty Belles, and as both for SPRD’s Boardwalk Brawlers.
How was your first bout in Atlanta? My first bout was pretty good even though we didn’t win; the Shocks are a hard-hitting team. I didn’t expect to jam as much as I did so that was a bit of a surprise! I am still working on learning Sakes strategies, so I hope we gel even more in future games. I just want to try to be the best asset for my team that I can be.
What do you like to do with your non-derby time? Haha, non-derby time! You are hilarious. I have two cats, two dogs, and two lizards so I spend as much time with them as possible. We just bought a house, so pretty much all of my non-derby time has been getting that all done! Other than that, I mostly watch bad movies and play nerdy board games.
Slams McKenzie moved east from Arkansas and promptly made herself a derby home here in Atlanta. She is a super-fast and strong jammer who lends her considerable talents not only to her home team, the Apocalypstix, but also to the Rumble Bs. In her recent first bout with the Apocalypstix, she brought home MVP Jammer. Keep your eye on her!
What brought you to the Atlanta Rollergirls? I wanted to move somewhere new. Atlanta seemed like a cool place; it has an awesome derby team, and I have family nearby.
How did you discover roller derby, and what position do you like to play best? I watched roller derby on TV as a kid and told myself if I ever had the chance to play, I would try it. Even back then, it seemed like the perfect sport (full contact on skates?! Yes please.) Then my college roommate brought home a flyer for a league starting in our town. We were at the first practice, and I’ve been playing ever since. For three years now. I’ve played as a blocker, but the vast majority of my experience has been jamming. I enjoy playing each position for different reasons, but mostly I like that when I learn a new skill in one position, it translates to another. So even if I’m learning a skill I know I’ll primarily use in one position… it’s there in my toolbox for whenever I need it. Utility has served me very well so far.
How would you sum up your first bout with the Apocalypstix? Exhilarating. The crowd is incredible. I’ve never played anything with such an awesome fan base. Breaking free from a pack and hearing fans cheering my name… it’s like being on top of the world. And the players are awesome too. Although the level of play ARG has to offer is intimidating for a skater who has never played WFTDA-level derby (let alone WFTDA Division 1 level derby), it gets my adrenaline going. I love the challenge. I feel more excitement than anything. This is a literal childhood dream, and I plan on enjoying every second of it. Also, the camaraderie is great. Even though I’m competing against these players now, we share the same practices, and I’m even on the Bs with a lot of the skaters I competed against in this last home bout. So although we’re competitors, we’re also teammates. We take pride in each other’s accomplishments, and I have yet to hear anyone wish ill will on another skater. It’s a great set-up.
What do you like to do with your non-derby time? I work as a receptionist at Ansley Animal Clinic. I like to play the ukulele and sing (my repertoire is up to two songs now). I also like hiking and canoeing. I have a cat. Her name is Kitty. My favorite color is green. My favorite food is homemade chocolate chip cookies.