February Player Profile: Scout Flinch

Name: Scout Flinch
Number: 1984

Scout is is a quick and agile jammer, who can dish out some mean hits. She also happens to be a 4th year nursing student and counter staff at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo. She is originally from Castlegar, and sadly she is moving away this spring to live near the ocean, learn to surf, and (of course) start searching for an Island league to play with, because she'll never be able to leave derby.

1. What is your preferred (roller derby) position?
I love, love, love jamming.

2. When and why did you get started playing roller derby?
I got involved with derby when Bryndis (Miss Meouch) said that she was thinking about starting a rollerderby league in PG, and asked me if I would like to skate. I had never been on any kind of skate before in my life, but decided to give it a shot. The first couple of times I was out, I couldn't get the hang of the skating motion, and kept trying to walk on wheels.

3. How has the league changed since you joined?
The main change has been in the level of athletism. We are athletes first and foremost now. Trampy athletes.

4. How/why did you choose your derby name?
Scout Flinch is from Scout Finch, the protaganist in To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my all time favorite characters. My number (1984) is from the George Orwell title. I like books

5. What is your favorite aspect of derby?
Going fast.

6. Describe your most memorable derby-moment.
I think it was probably this summer, when we won against Lake City Derby. We worked so freaking hard before that bout, and it felt like every part of our team was tight. Pack skills, coaching, strategy, everything was just dialed in.

7. Do you have any bout-day rituals, habits, or superstitions? If so, what are they?
I'm a basket case of nervousness on bout days.

8. What are practices like?
There have been many times in the past few years that practices have saved my sanity. I've been super busy, and haven't had a ton of time for socializing. I feel like I get to see many of the people I care about at derby, so I don't feel like such a recluse.

9. Name two floor exercises that fresh meat and potential fresh meat can do at home to give them an advantage on the track.
Squats, plank, repeat until you want to die.

10. Do you have a derby wife?
Ginja Fightus, no question.

11. Any advice for girls who want to join roller derby?
Just come check out Fresh Meat. Then, if you're serious, go to public skate and work on your basic skating skills.

Undefeated!

Your Rated PG Rollergirls just grabbed a win against the Oil City Tank'er Girls! Final Score: 174-135. More details to come!

January Player Profile: Sistah Viberosis

Name: Sistah Viberosis
Number: 23
Sistah is a hard-hitting, fast-skating member of the Rated PG Rollergirls. When she's not on the track though, she's a mother to two small children (Laurel age 5 and Charlie age 3), a wife, a forester, and a friend. She loves knit, sew clothes, spoil her friends and family, and cook awesome food. Plus, she loves to learn something new every year (usually sport related).

Your Relationship with Derby

When did you get started playing roller derby?
About 3 years ago.

What is your preferred (roller derby) position?
I like them all, but power hitting is my forte.

What is the significance of your derby number?
It used to be my rugby number.

What is your favourite aspect of derby?
The community of amazing people

Describe your most memorable derby moment.
The first Rated PG Rollergirls bout at the civic centre--Red versus Blue. Everyone was pumped at the end of the bout, and it didn't matter who won or lost--we actually pulled it off after about a year of practice and organization!! All of the kids in the audience came down to track-side and the Rollergirls skated around and gave them all high fives. We felt like Rock-Stars!!

What is your favourite off-track workout?
Running, swimming, biking, skiing, hiking, snowboarding.

Motivation!!
Do you have any bout-day rituals, habits, or superstitions? If so, what are they?
Not really. I try to stay as calm and positive as possible. I try to be in an easygoing and fun mood, because I want all of the women on the team to feel awesome, ready, and confident. The annihilation will come at bout time! And I guess the wielding of a running chainsaw is starting to become a ritual at bouts as well.

Do you have a motivational quote?
Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, and sometimes you're the ball!

Do you have a themesong?
"Oh My Golly," by the Pixies

You were the team Captain for the White team at out most recent bout (Skatefest in PG). Although your team was down by twenty points for the first half, they came back strong in the second half and won 181 to 165. Any tips or tricks for keeping your team mates inspired and motivated?
At the beginning of the game, most of the players were kind of nervous, and some were doubting their skills. I asked everyone what they wanted to accomplish during the bout, and everyone came up with a kick-ass answer. At half-time I reminded people of their goals from the beginning of the game . . . I tried to encourage and pump up individuals and remind them how awesome they are! And I don't know what happened in the second half of the game, but I distinctly remember that the team simply gelled at a certain moment and started to kick more ass. I love seeing confidence grow and evolve over the course of a bout--both in individual team mates and in the team as a whole. It is infectious.

Advice for Fresh Meat and Potential Fresh Meat
Any advice for new skaters that might be scared to interact with veteran skaters?
Intimidation is hard to overcome. The first step is to put on your skates and say hi. For new skaters, if there is a veteran skater that you click with, stick with them. She will help you out during practice in learning and developing your skills. Over time you will start to get to know all of the Rollergirls and you will be glad that you did. Don't worry about how skilled you are, because at some point we [veterans] were all struggling with even standing up on skates!! If you can, join us for refreshments after practice from time to time, and participate in the fundraising activities too.

Any advice for girls who want to joing derby?
Come out and skate!!! Thursday nights from 7-8 is always Fresh Meat practice [at the Roll A Dome]. Sunday afternoon public skate is also a good time to come out to the Dome and meet some Rollergirls. Check out the Rated PG Rollergirls Facebook page and the bulletin at the Dome too.