Name: Go Thrash Alice
What is your skating position?
Blocker / Pivot (Hips of Doom)
Where did you grow up?
Wonderland, OC, CA
What do you do for a living?
Saving people from the tragedy of washing their own dishes.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Helping/mentoring others. Making things with my hands.
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
This is my first try at a competitive sport. I never had the motivation to do sports in school. When i found out i could be good at this... I was IN! I am never letting this go!
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Minimal session skating as a preteen.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a big softy and I love connecting with people on a deeper level.
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I was sharing with some people that I was really angry as a child and through young adulthood. Someone came up to me after and asked if I would be interested in playing derby... that I could work out my frustrations on the track. So I showed up and joined a week later. I stayed because I love the community.
How long have you been involved with derby?
Since 4/2012 (4 years).
What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I love Alice in Wonderland. Mushrooms. Talking rabbits and cats. There is a song called "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. Go Ask Alice is in the lyrics... hence the name! Go 'Thrash' Alice when she's 10 feet tall.
Do you have a signature move?
My murderous hips flipping out in front of people to stop them like they hit a brick wall (so I've been told).
What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
Easiest: Body hits; Hardest: Positional blocking
What is your favorite derby event during the year?
I love Rainbow Round Robin, Thankscrimmage, and Crash in the New Year.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
Any story that is about us working as a team.
What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
That I would have so many amazing women in my life. That I would be stronger than I ever thought. That it would make my cry.
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I love women. I love helping women see what is awesome about themselves. I think it has definitely helped soften my hard sharp edges. It has made me push myself physically. It has proven time and time again that I am strong and beautiful inside and out. I have body image issues that are a lot less glaring on the daily. Camaraderie and sportsmanship. Compassion and competitiveness.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Do it. The only failure is not trying. It’s amazing and I cannot wait to skate with you! You are capable of anything.