Team: DCRG (Disaster City Roller Girls)
Inter-league Classification: "The scary girl"
Position: Jammer, but I also block and pivot.
Height: 5'2" (not on skates)
Favorite Movie? There are so many, but I guess my favorite would have to be Bram Stoker's Dracula.
What got you interested in roller derby? I've loved roller skating ever since I was about 5 years old. A couple years ago I heard roller derby was making a comeback, but it wasn't like it used to be when I watched the T-birds back in the early 80's. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
What's been your biggest injury so far? I jammed my thumb pretty bad about a month ago. I still can't bend it all the way and I keep hitting it on everything which just makes it worse.
What's one of your favorite memories from a bout? I would definitely have to say the Battle for the Coast last year. The entire bout was amazing! There were so many roller girls from all over California. Everyone was so friendly and supportive. Plus I made MVP and also got a second medal for Most Bad Ass!
What's the hardest part of playing? I think the hardest part of playing is knowing the rules and the many strategies in playing and putting it all together when you're racing around the track being hit by some powerful girls!
Is there anything about the sport you wish more people understood? One of the most common misconceptions is that we're just a bunch of chicks rolling around on skates trying to knock each other out. While that's sort of true, there are rules and strategies, and we do score points. Oh, and there are no balls in derby!
You've got a really unique look. Is that something that's a part of your personality or more of a character that you play while on the rink? Thank you. Actually it's my personality. I also play keyboards in my band, The Order of the Fly. We're highly theatrical and that's when I first started doing the make-up and contacts. It just progressed from there. It's kind of like my alter-ego.
What advice would you give a girl looking to get into roller derby? Find out where your local derby girls practice and show up. If you're not sure it's for you just watch a practice or two and see if it's something you can and want to do. Even if you don't skate very well, just try it. You will learn to skate better with practice and learn all you need to know. Just do it!
What's your personal derby/life motto? If you're going to do it, do it to the best of your ability. Then get even better!
For right now, the DCRG are a new league just getting started up, so any information that you'd like to receive about the girls on the team, you can do so by contacting Abby through her Myspace profile. Remember to also check into her music at The Order of the Fly's profile as well.
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