Violet Attack 16
Story: The very first recruit of the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames in October 2006.
Likes: Cookies, sci-fi, the two Davids - Cronenberg and Lynch
Quadelia Chase 13
Story: Charmed by Sleazy Rider one night with talk of Buffy, boys and roller skating, Rip Lashes turned up at her first training session. Now transformed into Quadelia Chase, the only time Chase looks back is to check where the jammer is.
Likes: Drinking tea, Buffy, Angel, beautiful shoes and bourbon with a dry ginger mixer.
Story: Born in South London and raised on a steady diet of coco pops and pirate videos until her late teens, Nico then led a nomadic existence living all over England. Being accosted one night in Birmingham's Subside bar led her to (months later) try out roller derby with the Dames, and finally put an end to her wandering ways.
Likes: My buddies, gigs, cider, comedy and all manner of geekery.
Ann T. Venom 88
Story: Read about roller derby in a magazine in 2007, fell in love, but couldn't find anywhere local to get involved. Forgot about it. Remembered 3 years later, found the Dames and haven't looked back - or forgotten - since!
Likes: Tattoos. Heavy metal. Hotpants. Snakes. Fluffy kittens.
Sammi L. Smacks'Em 31
Story: I have developed an unusual love for contact sports to relieve my stress recently. After drunkenly watching Whip It one evening, I thought what could be better than hitting (which I now know is called hip checking) someone whilst on skates? The answer is NOTHING. So I found the Dames and Sammi L. Smacks'Em was born. The rest, as they say, is history.
Likes: Hitting people, the Dames, my overflowing house of boys, the term SMACK ATTACK which my derby mommy gave me.
Story: I was looking for a hobby and tried several things from cake decorating to karate! I found derby after my boyfriend heard an article on Radio 4 and suggested it to me. After one session I was hooked and just knew this was the hobby for me. I love the team camaraderie, competition of the game, bashing people and being on skates (which was a favourite childhood pastime).
Likes: Food, dancing and holidays.
Ballance of Power 77
Story: I'm a sports romantic. Found the Dames and I might just put a ring on it (or at least a love nest in the city).
Likes: Eco-fundamentalism, adventures, aurora borealis, boys with accents, laughing & wine. Preferably all at the same time.
Story: Watched Whip It. Thought 'that looks ace'. Googled 'Birmingham roller derby'. Emailed the Dames. Went to fresh meat two weeks later and now I'm my own superhero! Boom!
Likes: Wine. Food. Wine. Skating. Game of Thrones. Tequila. Football. Wine. Movies. Festivals and did I mention wine? Hahaha lol
Shauna the Dead 302
Story: I'd always loved roller skating and after making friends with one of the school mums, I discovered roller derby! I went along to a fresh meat session with CinderWrecker and had the most fun ever and not really looked back!!!!
Likes: Chocolate, vodka, late night skinny dipping and all things zombie!
Han Grenade 5
Story: Now I think about it, I spent my childhood roller blading everywhere, I even found myself at the skatepark on two occasions so it's probably not such a surprise that I enjoy throwing myself around a track on 8 wheels. As soon as I heard about roller derby I wanted to play it; skating AND hitting people, what was not to love? It took me a year to get round to signing up to the dames newbie day and I only wish I'd done it sooner
Likes: Funny cat pictures, pizza and physics.
Fox Smoulder 42
Story: I have been skating for 3.5 years. 1 and a half years with Suffolk and two with BBD. I got into it from a friend and colleague of mine Luke Watts who I worked with at Cineworld. He was with SRD and long story short got me to a game where I fell in love with it.
Likes: A few of my favourite things are mint ice cream, craft beer and my 4 ferrets
Yelmet the Conqueror 9
Story: When I left university after playing ice hockey my entire life I was desperately looking for something else to do. I learned that there is another sport where you get to skate and hit people, so I went to the newbie day with the Blitz Dames and now I love Mondays again (and Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and game days!)
Likes: I get very enthusiastic about a lot of things but some of my favourites are food, ice hockey, dogs and hitting people
Story: I got into Roller Derby because of a friend, and all this time later I regret everything!
Likes: Coffee and food!
Story: I was looking for something new and exciting and PAW, I found roller derby! So I joined, got into the swing of things quickly and stayed, simple as!
Likes: Roller derby, scary movies and hurting people.
Story: Roller derby had always been something I wanted to do, but always seemed to come as a passing thought. I already knew of the Blitz Dames, & it was only when I was working alongside Sleazy & a few cocktails later that I agreed to come to the next fresh meat day. The rest is history.
Likes: Baby bunnies, everything (mostly) in black, a good strong coffee, B movies, gin, Snickers & lollipops.
Dolly Death 696
Story: I first saw roller derby at tattoo freeze many moons ago I was hooked from the first time I saw the Dames play. After a little break I knew I missed the games and the team so much I needed to come back.
Likes: Looking after my bees, skating outside and having fantastic new adventures!
Anni Ka-Boom 403
Story: After a long year of weekends filled with coursework and revision, I was looking for something to get me out of the house - preferably something warmer and less muddy than mountain biking in winter. Having come across mentions of roller derby in various corners of the internet, I decided to investigate and discovered the Blitz Dames, who were conveniently about to hold a fresh meat day. I went along, fell over a lot, met a whole bunch of lovely people, fell over some more, and was hooked.
Likes: Books, cats, spiders, bikes, cake; semicolons; geeky things.
Ginja Ninja 11
Story: A long time sports addict until I left Uni and work stole my life, in Feb14 I suddenly found myself with time to indulge – but I wanted a new challenge. I suggested netball; my friends responded with sceptical expressions and amusement. Then someone proposed derby. I’d seen Whip It before (so unoriginal) and thought “awesome, all my favourite things rolled into one sport” but had assumed it wasn’t played in the UK… One internet search later I found the Dames and within a few days I was at my first session. Predictably I loved it and now it’s derby that has taken over my life.
Likes: Sport – especially competing, adrenaline, speed, banter and camaraderie (so basically derby and the BBD). Also: eating, sleeping, travelling, laughing, chilling, doctoring… all the –ings.
Lil Savage 22
Story: I got into roller derby after going to the Courageous Kids awards that Rogue Red had invited me to. Helmo was there and told me how she knew Red which was through this crazy sport. After lots of alcohol and dancing she promised to send me info about the newbie day that was coming up. The next day was a bit of a haze but I had remembered most of what we had talked about and I had also saved the date on my phone. So the day came and I went to Futsal, loved it and the rest is history :)
Likes: Haribo, tequila, roller derby and my family.
Red White and Bruise 1776
Story: Was introduced to roller derby from watching the short lived RollerJam nonsense back in 1999. After Whip It got reminded that roller derby still exists and found out the town I lived in back in the States actually had a team. Went to see a game just before moving to England and was determined to get involved when I moved over here. So I did.
Likes: Derby. Working on art. Ice hockey. Football of the American variety. B-movies. Video games.
Grumpy Cates 020
Position: Referee / Coach
Story: It looked pretty good. There were women and cool leggings and I didn't have any friends.
Likes: Libraries and being grumpy.
Story: I got into roller derby because I refereed American football, while Killamity Jane played roller derby, so the more I watched, the more I wanted to referee indoors, so I attended the ref school the Dames hosted and was hooked!
Likes: Video games, Dungeons and Dragons, bad action movies and board games with friends.
Edgy Iz'ard 490
Position: Bench Staff
Story: I got into roller derby when a Facebook friend I met through local feminism posted about the newbie day. I'd seen that they played but thought it was on a banked track! When I read about the Dames, I saw they weren't called "girls", and convinced someone to try it with me. They only attended the newbie day, but you've been stuck with me for years ;)
Likes: Stand up comedy, Thirty Seconds To Mars, dachshunds, garlic bread and sleep!
Killamity Jane 1903
Story: I wanted to do something fun and different and after watching some derby I couldn't sign up for a newbie day quick enough!
Likes: Sci fi shows, crafts, naps and cats.
Position: Coach/Bench staff
Story: Been involved in roller derby for almost 5 years. I’ve have been a coach, a skater, an announcer, a fan and an NSO. I’ve coached across three continents and have found a great match with the Birmingham Blitz Dames. The one thing I’ve never done (and will probably never do) is ref. It’s a lot of work and you can’t scream and yell loudly all that often. But never say never…
Likes: I love watching workhorse blockers. They may not make the biggest hits but they make the most effective hits and blocks. They are always doing something to help their team. They may not receive many awards but I have huge respect for them.
Rogue Red 43
Position: Bench Staff
Story: 5 years ago friends of mine got into Derby and said I'd like it. As I have a stupidly busy schedule I said I didn't have time. They kept saying I should try Derby. After 4 years I gave in and came to a fresh meat day a few hours after getting in from a charity ball where I'd drunk *all* the champagne. Roller Derby has since stole my life.
Likes: My job. My son. My husband. Eating at nice restaurants. Red wine. Books. Cats. The Dames. Champagne. Shoes. Diamonds. And last but not least, champagne.
Aluna Tiq 23
Story: I began playing derby after watching Whip It. I joined a league, which fizzled after a few months, then another, which did the same. Then I founded a league with some friends. It's still going strong now, about 4 years later. I joined the Blitz Dames in February after a 2 year break from derby during which I got married and moved from the States to Birmingham, and am loving it.
Likes: I enjoy zombies, my kitten Evangeline Lola, solitaire with real cards not a computer, and talking with nerds of all types.
Tiny Rebel 7
Story: I first heard about roller derby when I saw Whip It back in 2009, combined my love of skating with my love of Ellen Page and I thought Cool! That's totally something I want to do. But I didn't have the courage to go for it until I met Taylor Trash last year, and she encouraged me to come to fresh meat and I never looked back since.
Likes: Derby (obviously), hiking, motorbikes, cheese, gin, hats, eating the crusty bits round the edge of the oven dish.