August’s Diable Rouge: Turbo Tyke

Turbo Tyke

Turbo Tyke

Name: Turbo Tyke

Number: 225

What are the reasons behind your derby name and number?
One time I shoulder-checked this guy (he was walking towards me on the sidewalk and doing that thing where he wasn’t going to turn so we could both comfortably pass – I hate it when they do that thing) and afterwards he turned around and hollered, “Whoa! Turbo dyke!” which in the moment I did not appreciate, but upon reflection seemed like an awesome thing to be called and made me think, “Do I get a jetpack?”

As for my number, I had recently moved back to Baton Rouge and was experiencing this delusional sense of city pride when I picked the area code for my number.

Which position do you play?
Pivot, Blocker, Jammer, whatever.

What is your favorite thing about derby?
Okay, so I used to have an answer to this about the intensity and the teamwork and the sheer joy of playing a badass sport with other badass women, and I do still love all those things about roller derby. But for almost two years now, my favorite thing about derby has been that it brought me Glock Strap. She’s just the best thing ever, and I love her like crazy. So thanks, roller derby, for bringing me the hot little ladycop who also happens to be a total badass on skates.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned playing derby?
Know your strengths and take advantage of them. I’m never going to be as big as Smackya Sideways. And I’m never going to be able to spin and tomahawk and hockey stop through the pack like Glock Strap. I know I have great endurance, and I’m good at positional blocking with a partner, so I try to put myself in situations where I can use those assets to help my team. I don’t know if I have figured out how to apply this derby lesson to my life yet, but maybe I should try it.

Who is your favorite roller derby player?
Olivia Shootin’ John of the Texas Rollergirls. She is tiny and speedy and can play any position. Oh, and she’s ADORABLE. I want to be like her when I grow up.

What first attracted you to derby?
Oddly, I first got into watching it when I lived in San Francisco and I would go watch this 70′s throwback league. Their bouts were crazy and involved some chair-throwing and fake fighting, but the things I liked about it (speed, aggressive contact, teamwork) are some of the things I now love about flat track. When I moved back to Baton Rouge and heard there was a league, I got involved right away.

Turbo Tyke Jamming - AKoch Photography

Turbo Tyke Jamming - AKoch Photography

What type of gear do you prefer?
Unlike SOME people (*cough*REFTOR*cough*) I’m not a gear snob, but there are a few specific items I prefer: when I switched to 187 kneepads, I exclaimed upon trying them out, “It’s like falling on clouds!”; I also love my Moonwalker toe stops.

Do you have a favorite skating song or a theme song?
When I was little, my brother and I would rollerblade (yes, fruitboots!) in the house when our parents were gone (sorry, mom!) to Queen’s Greatest Hits. My favorite Queen song to skate to would have to be “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

Do you have any advice to anyone thinking about playing derby?
Start strengthening your hamstrings and core!!! Seriously. Be patient with yourself while your derby muscles develop – get really good at skating (and stopping!) before you try to play.

Is there any teammate with whom you work best?
I love working with Maggot. We have a similar blocking style, so when we pair up, we don’t have to do a lot of talking or figuring out who’s going to do what – it just sort of happens. Often we’ll find pictures from bouts where we are blocking together and our stance, hands, skates, heads, butts are all identical.

Did you play any sports before roller derby?
When I was really little I did gymnastics, then moved on to karate. In high school, I ran cross country and was on the swim team. There was some softball in there too, of course.

When did you join Red Stick Roller Derby?
May 2009

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