Dec 082010
 

“This is my tribe. I feel like my family has found me–this is so much more than just strapping on skates. It’s knowing that you have the support of this incredible group of people for just about anything you can imagine.”

—Rainbow Smite

“Derby has been the hardest thing, both physically and emotionally, that I have ever done. It has made me a completely different person than I was before. I have so much more self confidence than I have ever had in my life. I have learned to push through adversity and I’ve learned how to deal with people from all walks of life. Derby has literally made me fearless. I’m now willing to try to do things that I would have been afraid of before because I know that if I can be Kitty on the track, I can tackle anything that life throws at me off the track.”

—Kitty O’Doom

“We really made some great strides with regards to teamwork. In the past, I think it’s been enough to ride on the talents of individual skaters, but the teams we are playing are getting smarter and more intense, so we’ve had to adjust and learn to work with each other, instead of just alongside each other.”

—Sugar Shock

“It was the newest members of ROCK who are responsible for our growth. They stepped into the sport with enthusiasm and dedication and pushed all of us vets to train harder and think in new ways about how we approached the sport.”

—Rainbow Smite

“All of my teammates give me strength and courage when I am faced with situations where I just don’t think I can do it. That’s the best part of derby–a family of fearless women who support you, encourage you and push you to become the best person you can be.”

—Kitty O’Doom

“I’d like to thank my whole team and our support staff. I never realized before this year how much everyone means to me. And I’d like to thank my wonderful husband. People who aren’t in a relationship, or are in a relationship and don’t have outside activities, don’t realize how important it is to have someone who doesn’t just tolerate what you do, but actually supports it.”

—Sugar Shock

“Life outside of derby? No such thing. My life IS derby.”

—Rainbow Smite

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