Derby Doll of the Month / Rose AnnThrax
2014League Skater, Coach, Head of Games, All Around Awesome
Running a successful roller derby league isn’t an exact science. We all volunteer our special talents to make this business operate. There are growing pains, and sometimes things get done wrong. Truly special people bridge that gap to keep attitudes positive while problems get worked out. That is the mark of good leadership.
Our June Derby Doll of the Month has been just that person. She is there for us when we need her most. A supporter, a shoulder to cry on during frustrating times. She has a unique ability to take a tough situation and make it a positive, learning experience. She is a dedicated skater, coach and friend.
She does all of this with a smile on her face that could melt the frostiest heart. Let’s not forget that this girl is CRAFTY! She makes creative, original merchandise for us to sell and wear proudly.
She would easily win Derby Doll of the Decade if we voted on it. Since we only offer a month, June belongs to none other than, Rose AnnThrax!
We Asked Rose 6 Questions
1.Why did you join derby?
My husband introduced me to the sport in October of 2011. I have played sports my whole life and I have a competitive nature. The first bout I ever watched I was in awe of how awesome this sport is and I wanted to be a part of it.
2. What is the significance of your name/number?
Rose AnnThrax – My mother’s name is Rosanne and she has always been a strong female role model for me. She had kids at a very young age but with determination and relentlessness she went back to college and graduated with a math degree the same year I graduated from high school. She did this all while raising her children, working and maintaining a strong marriage – her and my dad just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. In 2009 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo two surgeries and radiation. She has now been cancer free for 5 years. She is a true inspiration and defines what a strong woman can be and I believe that represents the derby world in every aspect. Then of course I had to throw something into the name to make it intimidating and fierce.
3. What is your best derby moment?
Holy moly there are so many it is hard to just choose one. The one that keeps coming to my mind is the first Wildfire Bout of 2014 against LADD Riettes, coming into the turn of the first apex Honey Brasco hit me so hard that she lifted me up off of both of my skates and I flew up and backwards. I could hear the crowds reaction. I was proud that I was able to get up and keep skating but definitely a very humbling experience.
4. Who’s your biggest fan?
This is a tough one because I truly have three who are equally my biggest fans: My husband Julio and my two daughters, Hanako and Kara.
5. What has been your worst injury?
k, do you judge this by how long you were off of skates or by whether you went to the hospital. I’ll pick hospital – first home season year, first practice I slipped on the top of the apex and made out with the track. Broke my face open and cracked my tooth. Hospital trip for stitches and dentist trip for the tooth.
6. What was the first record you ever bought with your own money?
Stray Cat Strut by the Stray Cats and yes it was vinyl – that doesnt age me does it?