Mom by Day, Riot Girl by Night
How many of you watched the movie Whip It and thought that roller derby looked like a whole lot of fun? That’s how we felt, but then we remembered we had kids. The idea of lacing up and hitting the track suddenly seemed a whole lot less practical. But then we met our podcast guest Tina Kuefler.
Tina is a Vancouver-area mom of four. By day she’s doing all the things every other mom of four does. By night, though, she becomes “Justine TimberSkate”. Justine is part of the Riot Girls, a roller derby team with Terminal City Rollergirls. According to their website they’re “too fast to catch and too pretty to die”. They’re laying the campy roller derby fun on thick, and we’re loving it.
We caught up with Tina to talk roller derby, and find out whether this really is something that a Vancouver mom can pull off. How do you get involved? Do you have to be a good skater starting out? What is “fresh meat”, and is it as scary as it sounds? How many injuries has Tina sustained? Listen to our podcast to hear all the answers, and find out a whole lot more about roller derby:
If you’d like to check out roller derby for yourself, and see if you’d like to become a roller derby mom like Tina, the Terminal City Rollergirls season opener is coming up. It happens Friday, April 6, 2012 at Kerrisdale Arena in Vancouver. The doors open at 5:00pm and the first whistle blows at 6:00pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children aged six to twelve, and free for kids five and under. If you’re wondering what to do in Vancouver over the Easter weekend, this is affordable, family-friendly fun. Call us biased, but we’ll be cheering on the Riot Girls.
We’d like to thank Tina for chatting with us – it was a blast! Drop us a line if there’s someone you’d like to see featured on our podcast. We can’t make any promises, but we’ll absolutely do our best.
Terminal City Rollergirls
*All images courtesy of Bob Ayers