Featured Skater – Tennessee Frisky
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Derby Name: Tennessee Frisky
Team: Dalhousie Destroyers
Where do you work?
I’m a product photographer for an online shoe company and on the weekends I fight crime.
How does your job affect your derby career?
My job has actually been super helpful in my work within the league; I’m glad my skills in design and photography have come in handy with things like the NRG website and posters.
What is your derby name? What’s the story behind it?
There’s a song called ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ that my best friends and I like to sing while enjoying libations around a camp fire, as well as being one of the best drinks around…it just clicked in the weirdest way.
Why roller derby?
It was something that immediately struck me as something very cool and unique, and I was at a point in my life where I needed to make a big change. Knotty Knitcole was a friend of mine from school and urged me to try out…doing so was the best decision I ever made. Also, I can’t run, throw, or catch anything to save my life, so my sport options were kinda limited.
What would you be doing right now if you weren’t involved with derby?
In a ditch somewhere. Being sad.
What’s your favorite part of the derby experience?
Finally being part of something bigger than myself. I’d never played teams sports before and the feeling of sisterhood in this league is amazing. It’s made me realize a lot about myself as a person, and pushed me both mentally and physically to my limits. And yet here I am, still alive and kicking. Also, knocking people over with the sheer force of my butt is pretty rad, too.
What position do you play?
I always thought I’d remain a blocker, but last year my team pushed me to try jamming and boy, am I glad they did. I like being multi-faceted.
How do you hone your Derby Skills?
I try to watch as many games as I can, put 100% into every practice, and listen to other skater’s advice.
What’s your favourite pre-practice meal or snack?
The blood of my enemies. And like, a banana or whatever.
Who is your Biggest Fan(s)?
Probably my parents, especially considering my mother shows my derby picture to anyone who will listen. Like, anyone. Distant relatives. Co-workers. The plumber who came to fix our leaky faucet. It’s cute.
Who is your Hero?
Estro Jen! That girl has wicked moves, and made me realize that it’s not just derby I love, it’s skating in all its forms.
What is your favourite thing about roller derby?
Derby is such a unique culture unto itself, and it’s been amazing being part of something that is so different and empowering. The amazing women I’ve met, and continue to meet….it’s great knowing that wherever I go, if I meet another derby girl (and you do meet them, EVERYWHERE, if you look hard enough) I have an instant friend. That feeling of sisterhood is out of this world, man.
Most Memorable Derby Moment?
When I first started skating I wasn’t very good. We’re talking like, a badger on wheels here. And I was having a lot of trouble keeping up in the pack. Just as I felt myself slipping behind everyone, I felt a pair of hands on my back. Then another, then another. My league was helping to push my through those last few laps, and the feeling of being part of this pack and everyone working together was incredible. Indescribable. That’s when I knew that I found where I belonged.
On the drive there, I listen to Sabotage by the Beastie Boys on full volume to pump myself up. (Thanks Libby.)
Advice to Someone Interested in Playing?
It’s terrifying and hard and sucks all your free time and energy…but it is so, so, so worth it. The best thing I’ve ever done in my life.
Who do you want to give a SHOUT-OUT to?
All the people who are dedicated to running this league. People don’t realize the amount of work that goes into everything we do…thank you for making it possible for us to skate and play this sport we love so much. Also my beautiful, wonderful little weirdos, The Midway Mayhem! I love you girls from the top of my helmet to the skates on my feet and all the bruises in between.
I rode horses for 10 years, and I snowboard (badly). I also have a gold-medal in running my mouth.
Like: Elvis, glitter, vulgar novelty mugs, and oxford commas.
Dislikes: sloths, the patriarchy, and people who take themselves too seriously.
My best friend and seoul-sister, who started this all with me and is now rolling in South Korea…the beautiful Munford and Stuns!