The talented skaters of the Rose City Rollers Fresh Meat program have been training hard and will take the track tonight against Utah’s Moab Roller Derby in a rare hometown bout. Don’t worry, you can still get tickets at the door! You definitely don’t want to miss your chance to catch a glimpse of these inspiring skaters who are training hard to earn places on a Rose City home team or even the Wheels of Justice. Today we’re chatting with Murderbus, a recent transfer to Rose City from Long Island Roller Rebels.
How did you pick your derby name? When I started derby, I was telling my friends that I had to come up with a good name so I didn’t get stuck with something like Murderbus. Nothing else seemed right after that!
What position do you play? Blocker, sometimes pivot if I’m feeling dangerous.
How long have you been playing roller derby? 5 years in May.
And how long have you been in the RCR Fresh Meat program? Since August 2016.
Did you play any sports before roller derby? Nope, unless video games count.
What is your favorite thing about roller derby? The community, teamwork, and being allowed to hit people.
What is the most challenging thing about roller derby? Learning how to be an athlete and take better care of my body. You can’t really play well on a diet of Slim Jims and cherry coke.
Do you have a pre-bout ritual? I like to dance around to some cheesy pop music; lately Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, or Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now”
What’s your favorite thing to do in Portland, other than play roller derby? Sinking quarters into arcade games at Quarter World.
What is your hidden superpower? I’m a software engineer at a self driving car company, so I guess mastery over robotics.
Catch Murderbus on the track TONIGHT with the rest of her Fresh Meat teammates. Fresh Meat takes on Utah’s Moab Roller Derby at 8pm. Tickets available at the door!