Why I Play Roller Derby – Izzy Dead

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Why I Derby! Izzy Dead

What is the backstory on your Derby Name?

When I moved from a previous roller derby league /Outlaw Roller Derby, I was Ginerator and decided that name needed to die with the Outlaws. So I became Izzy Dead 30-06! 

What do you do when you are not at roller derby practice.

I rodeo, barrel racing, I work with cattle and I trained horses for twenty yrs!  I decided I needed insurance and retirement so I now work for Brazoria County Sheriffs office doing animal control. :oD  I try to stay on the livestock side of it as much as I can but we get all sorts of calls for dogs cats snakes bobcats skunks raccoons and gators occasionally!

When did you start roller derby?

I have been skating since 2012!

Why did you start derby?

A client came to my barn and said " hey were going to a roller derby game!" I was like what's that and where?!!!!  The game was sold out so i just looked it up and just went to the next Thursday as fresh meat aka beginner class. I looked like a drunk baby giraffe on skates. I loved it then for the stress relieve from a divorce.

Has your why changed over the years?

I still love it for stress relief and even more for the camaraderie of team mates and a wide realm of people that I would have never met in the rodeo world.

Advice to new skaters!

Keep learning, keep improving.
I really wished I had known how to skate when I started even though I have a lot more to learn now I just look like a clunky giraffe skating instead of being drunk. :oD