Matt from The Moose Channels Roller Derby Girl
Recently, Matt and I tried on wigs for a Haunted House Event for Halloween. I told him that if I bought us wigs for the event he had to wear whatever I chose for him. He chose a luscious pink wig with bangs and suddenly took on the persona of a made-up person named, "Beth the Roller Derby Girl." It was as if he became a new person right in front of me. I chose the mullet and mustache, because, obviously.
Trust me, I am going somewhere with this story. That very same day that he became Beth the Roller Derby girl, I received a message on Facebook but a young lady. Who would have thought that a real-life, legitimate Roller Derby competitor would contact me, but she did. Her name is TrasHer BumKiss and she is a Mainer who competes on a real Roller Derby team!
Rollar Derby is a very high-intensity contact sport and also dangerous, but Trisha DiFonzo, a Mother of three, fell in love with the sport because it "helped her break free."
She skates with Green Mountain Roller derby in Vermont. TrasHer is Originally from Litchfield, Maine.
Why would someone join derby? She needed an outlet and was the "classic Mom," and yearned for more purpose. It strengthened her self-love as well as gave her friends who have become family.
She moved to Vermont and signed up for Roller Derby Rookie Bootcamp where she was referred to as, "fresh meat" by the veterans but, with lots of hard work and dedication, she became a Grade A Fancy Skater on the Rostered League in 2016 and has skated with Green Mountain of Essex ever since.
Rollar Derby is a physically demanding sport because you are roller skating on a track with 9 other skaters with metal and wheels strapped to your feet!
She has seen many broken legs and collar bones but she has been lucky enough not to have had any serious breaks herself.
Roller has given her a community of peers that come from all walks of life with such a diverse background. Everyone is welcome in derby and she's been able to travel all over just to lace up her skates and knock out some aggression.
Because I've seen this sport in movies, I assumed that violence might be a part of the sport so I asked her, "So do ya'll really punch people?" and she answered by telling me that is NOT how it works. They are not there to hurt people but to test their bodies and minds. Derby takes fine footwork skills, endurance, and lots of hours of training.
We are so happy to meet the amazing athlete that Matt James foreshadowed with his Beth persona.
Maybe I can get Matty into his pink wig, rollar skates, and shortie shorts and see what happens. Game on!
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