Super Dynamite, #316

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Name: Super Dynamite
Number: 316
Age: Just turned 33 on 3.16

What do you do for the league?
I am part of the Training Committee family and happy to be the Captain of the C Squad.

I am also assigned to give T-Dogg and Payback a hard time by talking too much. In return they torture me during endurance and drills which I fully regret afterwards, but for some reason my foul mouth won’t shut up and this will continue to repeat.

What is your skating position?
Block, Block, Block, Block, offense, Block, Block, Block, fall, Block, Block, offense, Block, Block, Block…oh did I mentioned I block for Pulp Friction?

As you can see, I am a very annoying blocker.

Where did you grow up?
Westminster (NOT West-minis-ter), Huntington Beach, and Garden Grove

What do you do for a living?
Marketing for a flooring company and VP for Hooks and Hipchecks Crochet

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Foodie (Yes! This is a hobby of mine…don’t judge me), travel, crochet, crafting, and board/video games.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Volleyball and basketball in middle school; Basketball my freshman year in HS; Volleyball beach league for 2-3 years with my old colleague in NY; Softball fun with family and friends occasionally

I love all sports (except tennis) and enjoy playing more than watching.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I learned how to rollerblade before using quad skates. I bladed throughout elementary and middle school and occasionally in HS. That hill on Golden West near Westminster Mall…yes, I bladed down that hill through traffic.

What is a fun fact about you?
In HS, an English teacher assigned this book for us to read together in class. After a few chapters in, I was hooked. He didn’t allow us to bring the books home, therefore, after class I asked if I could and he said yes. I finished that book that day, returned it the next day, and then read it again together with the whole class. Let’s say I aced that book test.

Favorite food?
This could go on forever…
Vietnamese food: Bun Bo Hue, bo nuong vi, thit kho, and ca kho
Other: sushi, Korean bbq, shabu shabu, mushrooms, and eggplants

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Fly like superman. To be at one location to the next in a second. It would make traveling so much easier.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
Moved to Long Island, NY and didn’t know anyone besides my co-workers. My co-worker saw a flyer on Facebook and joked about it to me so I asked her to send me the info. The rest is history...been playing for almost 5 years now

How long have you been involved with derby?
About 4.5 years…my 5th season rostered.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
My old boss back in NY was excited that I joined roller derby. He wanted to pick my name. First, I wanted something with CICI and he came up with CiCi Dynamite. I decided to change it to Super Dynamite because I love SUPERMAN. As for my number, 316 is my birthday (March 16). Also, because the badass Stone Cold Steve Austin said so.

Fun Fact: There’s a game called Super Dynamite (I use to play it before becoming Super Dynamite and didn’t even know it!)

Also, there’s a sushi roll called Super Dynamite. Now every time you see that on the menu, you can forever think of me.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I have been working the offense whip for so long and last season it finally happened! Two opposing blockers were blocking my jammer Smash. I went to play offense and with Smash’s quick reaction, she noticed I was trying to grab her to do the whip. She took my hand and flew right out of the blockers way. She was able to catch up with the opposing jammer who then had to call off the jam and get ZERO points. YES!

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I get bored easily…sticking to one sport would have had me quitting. I am in shock that I haven’t quit derby yet. Don’t get me wrong, I have thought about it often. But I feel like I still have a lot of derby in me to keep going. I love the challenges that come my way. Also, this sport doesn’t judge you on how big or small you are. It’s your skills that you bring to the track that determine who you are as a skater.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Do all the derby! Once I passed my minimum skills test, I signed up for everything.

Do you really think not going to practice will make you a better skater? Go to practice, talk to your coaches/trainers for advice, and keep working hard.

Lastly, you will fall, but you will get back up and keep skating. REPEAT!