Monday, February 20, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!

Every Monday, we'll be featuring a few of our skaters on our blog!
Meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about who you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Wicked Sweet, TieDie PiXie and Freight Train!

Name Wicked Sweet
Number 30
Team The Valkyries
Position Jammer / Blocker
Years Played This is my 3rd season. I started with the rec league in June 2009.
Height 5'10"
How did you get into derby? I moved to Houston in 2009 and was bored for a few months before my new job started, so I came to a rec league practice to kill time and make friends.
How did you pick your derby name? I had just moved from Boston, and I chose Wicked Sweet as an homage to the couple of years that I spent in Beantown.
Likes Spiral sliced ham and Ron Swanson
Dislikes Flight delays and the movie Captain America
Favorite thing about derby Power jams
Fun Facts A few months ago, in an introspective reverie brought on by a particularly tasty lunch, I realized that I ate approximately 960 tuna fish sandwiches during elementary school.

Name TieDie PiXie
Number 82
Team Psych Ward Sirens
Position Anywhere they put me!
Years Played 1.5 (Rookie)
Height 5'4 off skates (that would make me model height on skates... right?)
Occupation Technical Associate for AT&T
How did you get into derby? I saw ONE game in the 2010 season and was hooked, but since I had just got my teeth fixed I was scared to join. A rec leaguer told me get a good mouth guard and to just go for it.... so I did and I joined rec.
How did you pick your derby name? I was so undecided on a name that I had an excel spreadsheet of possibilities. I just had to include "tie-dye" somewhere, (duh! my car is tie-dye!) plus I like fairies and stuff like that, and the word Pixie is a fun word.
Likes I love bright colored clothes, tie-dye or not. I like sweets.
Dislikes I hate it when people drive slowly in the left lane. Or just drive stupid in general.
Favorite thing about derby I'm still so new, and learning so much, I haven't pin-pointed just one favorite thing... so for right now, I'm going to say EVERYTHING!
Fun Facts I got into a fist fight in the median of a highway after a guy with a serious case of road rage clipped my car on purpose. I'm pretty sure I won.

Name Freight Train
Number CH00
Team The Brawlers, The Houston All-Stars
Position Jammer/Blocker
Years Played 1
Height 5'4"
Occupation Student at the University of Houston
How did you get into derby? I was introduced to roller derby by my dad, who was introduced by Mr. John McKay at Montrose Skate Shop. My dad was there to get his skates fixed and Mr. John told him about it and gave him a flyer. My dad gave me the flyer so I could check it out, but it wasn't until a year later when I was reminded by him again and joined derby.
How did you pick your derby name? Initially, I had a hard time choosing one because I just got used to people calling me "Tinisha" (my real name) in rec league. It wasn't until the first time I scrimmaged with HRD I was given the name "Freight Train." I was given this name by a skater I accidentally back blocked while I was jamming. The amount of force behind the hit knocked her down hard. I didn't really have a skater name then and I had overheard "If she doesn't have a name yet, I am just going to call her Freight Train!" I thought it was great.
Likes I enjoy dancing while roller skating, homework, hamburger pizza, and anything made with peanut butter.
Dislikes I don't have any dislikes at the moment.
Favorite thing about derby My favorite thing about derby is skating. I have strong love for things that involve skates.
Fun Facts I've been jam/dance skating for all my life mostly at Almeda Skating Rink. We used to go to the skating rink at least once a week for about 8 hours. The longest I've ever skated in one sitting is 12 hours. Sometimes people think I am dancing off beat until they find out I am using a MP3 player. I love being my own DJ. But when my favorite songs come on at the rink, I gladly dance different shuffles with the other skaters.

Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!
Don't forget to get your tickets to our season opener bout March 17 - it’s a little less than a month away! Come watch the Houston All-Stars take on Assassination City Special Ops from Dallas, Texas before the Psych Ward Sirens and the Bayou City Bosses go head to head. Join us this St. Patrick's Day at Bayou Place Live (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) in Downtown Houston.

♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥


Kiki said...

I love finding out all these facts! Tie Die, I can't believe you got into a fist fight in the median. Ha! Freight, I was there that night and had no idea that's where your name came from. Totally fitting for you in all respects--you are a much cleaner skater now and it still applies to you as a force to be reckoned with. Wicked, you and spiral ham should get a room.

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