Our July League Member of the Month is the singular Moxie Knockout #00! Read on to find out more about one of TRG’s longest-standing skaters.
Legend has it that Moxie, as her teammates lovingly refer to her, used to have a reputation for punching rude people at parties. As a result, she once received boxing gloves as a gag gift from a friend, and so her derby name “Moxie Knockout” was born.
As co-head of Intraleague Relations, Moxie helps plan team parties, recruit new skaters, make sure our long-term skaters are happy, and oversee gameday set-up and breakdown. On top of all that, she has also been a pivot and blocker for Capital Punishment for 13 years, making her one of our top two longest-skating members.
As you can probably imagine, the sport was very different a decade ago. According to Moxie, it’s become a more complex sport over the years. “Strategy and gameplay weren’t nearly as intricate back then, so we focused a lot on our on-track personas and general spectacle to draw crowds,” she said. “There was definitely an element of camp and theatrics to the gameday atmosphere.”
But, she points out, the gameplay has always been 100% real. “It’s just 75% less dangerous now,” she joked.
The days of “blood-soaked fishnets” might be in the past for most of today’s derby players, but the hits are just as hard as they’ve always been.
“One of the most surprising things that I value [about derby] is learning just how much damage my body can inflict,” Moxie said. “As women we are often shown in popular culture as weak. Derby showed me that I can be a powerful, destructive force when I choose to be. There’s a weird sense of peace that comes with that knowledge.”
“Derby showed me that I can be a powerful, destructive force when I choose to be. There’s a weird sense of peace that comes with that knowledge.”
Besides being a total badass, Moxie is an endless source of derby knowledge and teambuilding fun. On her days off, Moxie is often helping new skaters acclimate to difficult derby techniques, cross-training at 3:00 a.m., and hosting crafting parties with her teammates.
“I try to pay attention to our team’s mental agility and strength. First and foremost, we are teammates and I really try to foster a strong, supportive bond because that will help us come together on game day,” she said. “So, what most people call ‘beers after practice,’ I call building team unity. Plus, there’s beer.”
When she’s not doing roller derby, Moxie is a bartender and an artist. “I can craft you a masterpiece out of clay or bourbon, your choice,” she said.
You can catch Moxie crafting a roller derby masterpiece with her teammates at our next game on August 3rd. Get your tickets here.
Thanks to our sponsor, Driftaway Float Center, for supporting our League Member of the Month with a free float. Find out more about Driftaway on their website.