- Aggie Battery
- What year did you join TRG?
- Current Team
- Team Zebra
How did you come up with your derby name? Does it have any meaning?
It’s a play on the felony crime of Aggravated Battery. As new skaters, we conjure up possible derby names for ourselves, with the goal of not only graduating from training but also having a bold new identity. If I had known I was going to spend the next 11 seasons officiating, I might have become H.R. Refnstuf instead!
How did you get involved in roller derby? How did you wind up with TRG?
I heard about the league’s very first scrimmage bout and thought it would be neat to see roller derby like on TV in the 1970’s. The audience “packed the house” at the Leon County Fairgrounds and, while gameplay was nothing like the 70’s version, I had such a good time that I showed up at the next league practice and have been in attendance ever since. I started as a skater but by the league’s next scrimmage (March 2007) I had become a referee.
What do you do outside of derby?
I work part-time for the government.
Any fun derby stories you’d like to share?
Officials, whether on skates or off, are always in demand because the games can’t start without us! I’ve had the opportunity to work games in 16 other states and two other countries, and it’s amazing to see how much the sport has grown since TRG came into existence.
Likes? (Anything, derby or just in general)
I enjoy weekend tournaments or at least a double-header; after one game I’m just getting warmed up! Over the years, I have taken on more off-skates roles and now the majority of my work involves counting points, timing or recording penalties, blowing the jam start whistle or supervising an officiating crew. Otherwise, I’m a National Hockey League addict and could be watching or listening to a game right this minute.
Dislikes? (Anything, derby or just in general)
Raw onions in salads.
Why is TRG (or roller derby) important to you?
In addition to the travel, I’ve enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people who also enjoy contributing to the growth of roller derby. If you can skate, you can play roller derby, whether you are good in sports or never even played sports in your life. If you don’t skate, there are a lot of ways you still can be involved. Roller derby has given me friends literally all over the world. My TRG league mates, past and current, are like family. Plus there’s an awesome convention every summer in Las Vegas.