Hello ARG fans! Welcome to the 2017 season! We’ve been holding in some incredible secrets over the holidays and are finally ready to share them with you! You might have seen some snippets on social media, but we picked up some fantastic Fresh Meat graduates and transfers, and a couple of our favorite faces have returned! Every single one of them have been drafted to our home teams and WE ARE SO EXCITED! We’re not going to tell you where they went just yet, because they don’t even know yet, but let us brag a bit about all of our draftees and see if you can guess who they’ll be skating with this season!
I like warm weather and chocolate, my favorite color is orange and I don’t like to have normal colored hair. For my day job I cut children’s hair. I love being silly and goofing off.
I learned so much in Atlantas fresh meat program i didn’t think I could get as good as I got that fast! I’m super stoked about learning more and being on a team with ARG. This is the most exciting thing since making it into fresh meat!
– What made you start skating, and what makes you keep skating?
I tried my hand at roller speed skating for a few years when I was in middle school. I got back on skates a year ago when I heard that there was a roller derby team close to my house. Since I’m still learning the rules and strategy of derby and I feel like I’m re-learning how to skate again, the “ah-ha” moments keep me motivated.
– What’s your favorite thing about derby?
I love skating and the camaraderie you develop with your teammates! Also, hitting your friends after you’ve had a stressful day at work is a great outlet!
– How did you come up with your name?
I had a long list of possible derby names and, over time, this one just stuck. Plus, I couldn’t figure out how to spell or fit Tuffleupagus on a jersey!
– What’s your signature move?
Good question! Being new to derby I feel like its the “deer in the headlights” move, but hopefully I can change that this season!
– How did your friends and family react when you told them you started playing roller derby?
At first they thought I was crazy, but after seeing how much I love the sport they are all my biggest fans now!
– How will you get ready to rumble on the first bout day of the season?
Drink lots of water and sing-along loudly (and poorly) to music
Katya Slippin :
I am a dog walker/pet sitter (it pays my bills) and a freelance artist (I wish it payed my bills).
I live with my BF of 6 years, we have 2 dogs and 6 chickens.
I have been on quads for almost a year.
I love bowl/ramp skating.
My other hobbies are gardening, horseback riding, and tattoos.
Andy U. Goonie:
I joined the ARG Rec program in January 2016 having zero derby experience. I had fond memories from the skating rink in middle school and had the secret desire to learn how to skate backwards. I knew I’d found a home when I realized that every practice included background 90s music. I spent my formative years in college playing (and living) rugby with the best college rugby team on the planet (UGAWRFC). Derby is a lot like rugby on wheels but with A LOT more rules. I love the athleticism of this sport and ARG, but my absolute favorite thing about derby is how hard it is–the sport, not the floor.
Lastly, you’ll make my day by screaming my name in true Goonies fashion.
– From Mechanicsville, Iowa which is as small as it sounds and quite possibly has a larger hog population than human
– Engineer for Clorox doing Responsible Sourcing
– Skated with the Yankee Brutals in Connecticut prior to moving to Atlanta
– Best dream I ever had involved being a glitter unicorn that ran around on rainbows all day eating chocolate and drinking beer
-Transfer from Hard Knox Roller Girls in Knoxville, TN
-Born in Decatur, GA
-Graduated last spring with my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and changed my derby name from Evil Lucia to Dr. Evil
-Currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Georgia in Athens where I conduct biology education research and teach biology
-Recently diagnosed with a spectrum disorder, which has shed light on my many social and sensory challenges. EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE NOW! (Females are under diagnosed and often misdiagnosed compared to males because ASD often manifests differently in us, especially higher functioning females) The more you know…
-I love my morning coffee, office supplies, trash TV, and my two kitty cats: Pops and Sunshine who give me LIFE! Rawr!
So, I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Somehow, I totally missed the roller derby scene and didn’t discover it until 2009 when I fell in with the Southern Illinois Roller Girls as a disgruntled grad student in Carbondale, IL.
After a few noteworthy adventures, some travel, and a series of not-so-random happenstances, I landed in Birmingham, Alabama where I now live with my husband, 7mo old son, and our beloved (totally crazy) pets – River, the “Demon Dog of Stone Ridge” and Smoke…the cat.
During the day, I work as the Purchasing Agent for AIDS Alabama, a non-profit service organization that provides various forms of education and outreach to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. I’m a trained archaeologist/anthropologist, I moonlight as a floral designer (real and paper), and am an aspiring author. Right now, the whole “I’m a new mom” thing takes up most of my freedom though. It’s the best kind of time sucker next to derby!
I’m also a shameless gamer and will play most anything from board to console/computer to pen and paper games. My favorite dice are the ten sided kind, and I play a pretty mean half-elf Paladin.
Hi I’m Nicole aka Square Ruthless, and I am a second generation derby girl. My mom started playing derby in 2008 and I couldn’t wait til I was old enough to join. My mom aka Quadratic Abrasion taught me how to skate and the derby basics at 16 years old. I would go to a skating rink or just outside to practice a little but nothing serious because I knew I still had two years before I could really try out. At the time I was living in Jacksonville Florida where their derby team was 18+ so I thought I could join them. I went to a few practices but found when I had the money I didn’t have the time and when I had the time I didn’t have the money. So I had to put derby on the back burner until I got everything settled. I would still go to the Mandrain Skate Station on random days after beauty school just to skate. Finally in 2014 I was able to get back in to derby so I joined the Atlanta Rollergirls Rec Leauge. After about a year of Rec League I decided to try out. And I made it! But that was short lived, I didn’t pass the next round so I went back to Rec League. I was upset that I had to go back but I knew I wasn’t done yet. So I made a promise to myself that I would try harder, practice more, and do more outside of derby to get better. I started weight training and boy did that help. So I knew I would be ready for the next try out. I tried out, made it, got through every round, and got drafted! I’m still in disbelief that I made it, I made my dream come true. I don’t think it will feel real until I’m on the track in a real game. And the person I have to thank for it all, for the passion of derby, for wanting to be a strong athletic woman is my mom. She is such an inspiration, she taught me that no matter our size we can do anything. She taught me not to give up, to be strong and to be brave. I am so excited that we get to skate together and share such a great community. I hope one day she enjoys sitting on the floor at the bout shouting at me like I did for her.
Instant Karma: I’ve been playing derby for 3 years this March. I found out about my local roller derby team from an online banner that a friend posted and the rest you could say is history! My name comes from John Lennon’s song by the same name (because I grew up listening to classic rock and the oldies stations with my dad and knew that I wanted my name to be connected to that…though it’s bitten me in the butt a few times while playing lol).
B Sharp is a new resident of Atlanta, moving from Hoboken, NJ last summer. She left her job in New York City to pursue some exciting opportunities in Georgia, including the opportunity to skate with the Atlanta Roller Girls. You can find her singing or playing guitar when she’s not on skates, hence the name. She’s really looking forward to her first season with ARG!
- Transfer from Peach State Roller Derby league
- Skated for two seasons
- I have a super amazing husband and two derby girls with derby dreams
- Words I live by…”satisfaction is the death of desire”
AbracaJabya: I am PUMPED to be a 2017 ARG rookie. This is the third league I’ve skated with in my year-ish of playing roller derby so far, and I have eternal, flaming, exuberant gratitude to Moab Roller Derby and Gold Coast Derby Grrls for helping me get here. During the day, I work as an ecologist studying bumble bee communication and behavior while counting down the hours until I can put on skates again. I can’t wait until I get to put on skates with my new team.
(Failed to give us any updated information, but we all already know her and love her, so what else do we need to know, right? New to Atlanta Fans, this is a returning favorite that you don’t want to miss!)
Our other silent draftees include:
Come meet all of our fantastic draftees and find out what colors they’ll be wearing next year AS THEY DO, by coming out to The Basement on January 10 for our 2017 Deb Brawl! Doors open at 7pm and the sashing starts at 8pm!