Featured Skater – BEATER PARKER
Let’s give a great big shout out to Beater Parker! She does have some venom in those veins, but only on the track. She joined NRG in late 2012. She was drafted as a Vineyard Vixen and surprised us all with her skill, and wonderful disposition. We thought she would break on the track, however […]
Let’s give a great big shout out to Beater Parker!
She does have some venom in those veins, but only on the track. She joined NRG in late 2012. She was drafted as a Vineyard Vixen and surprised us all with her skill, and wonderful disposition. We thought she would break on the track, however she proved us wrong. She became the Assistant Captain before moving on to her new teams, where she still holds a Captain position with the Doomsday Darlings.
Congratulations Beater, this is well deserved.
Derby Name: Beater Parker
Team: Doomsday Darlings and Greenbelt Riot
Where do you work? I work at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover
How does your job affect your derby career?
Positive: My off season from the theatre happens when I am in our derby off season. So I get to focus more on improving my strength and skills!
Negative: I am sooo busy at the theatre in the spring/summer. It really keeps me busy running back and forth to both. Thanks to my Co workers who understand my passion for derby and help me work around our busy schedule to try and make attendance and make bouts. I love you all so much for that!!!
What are your hobbies outside of derby?
…More derby? Haha
Is gaming and talking about games a hobby? I do a lot of that in my free time. I play some D&D with friends and Matt my new fiancé ( We will see who actually reads this because I have not told many people at this point 😉 )
I keep saying to myself that I want to take up the Uke or crafting more. Possibly when the day comes that I no longer derby, I will eventually take up those things.
How do your outside hobbies/skills affect your derby career?
I would not say these hobbies in any way help with derby but maybe it makes me seem more “hip” with our juniors, haha.
Or maybe not, since I just said “hip” and D&D might not be as cool as I think it is.
What is the story behind your derby name?
I was going through a string of derby name ideas, I was young when I originally started derby so I am glad the names I originally thought of did not stick. It was in a car ride one day with my friend Abby, she came up with the name! I thought it was great because I do like comics and super heroes and I liked the idea that it had my last name. Originally I spelled it Beat’er Parker, but when I came back to derby I decided to spell it normally.
P.S. To all those who still ask my why my name is not Hailstorm, when I stared in derby there was a player already named Storm in my league. She ended up leaving before I was drafted to a team but l was already committed to Beater.
Why roller derby?
I was always athletic when I was younger and when I hit high school I started to slowly fall out of playing in sports. I had no interest in playing soccer again or playing anything else. A sister of an ex of mine started playing derby in Hamilton with a bunch of her friends. They were the original Harlots in Hammer City. The whole thing sounded interesting and when they started to learn to skate I would go with them to Scooters , or skate on a trail to see what it was like. It was not until I saw them play that it really hit me that I needed to be a part of this. Just the excitement the games and the crowd, the fun I had at the after parties, and I loved the idea of playing in a sport that was also a community, mostly all female community. I told Mary I wanted to join and became part of Hammer City’s first batch of fresh meat, and derby has been a part of who I am ever since !
What would you be doing right now if you weren’t involved with derby?
I honestly have no clue, like I said earlier I am sure I would have taken up some other hobby like the uke or something. I just feel if I stopped now I wouldn’t know what to do with myself!
What position do you play?
I am primarily a Jammer.
How do you hone your derby skills?
PRACTICE!! I can not stress that enough, if there is a skill I struggle with I make sure I take that little extra time to practice that skill over and over. I will talk about it with others, and visualize ! It also does not hurt to always go back and practice the basics.
I also have just gotten into training outside of derby, working out at home and the gym.
What’s your favourite pre-game meal or snack?
I really have to watch what I eat before a bout and when I eat, because of health reasons. I just try and eat as healthy as possibly, foods with lots of protein for energy and I will have a big breakfast and just eat small snacks for the rest of the day.
After the bout I will eat all the foods!!
Who is your Biggest Fan(s)?
My friends and family! I know they cannot make every bout but when they do, I love hearing them cheer for me track side.
Who is your hero?
I am in awe of so many derby players, both blockers and Jammers. Bonnie Thunders will always be one of my faves. I also love cheering for jammers on my fave WFTDA team VRDL, and I will give a shout out to Falcon Punch and Crazy Squirrel just two of many many amazing Canadian Jammers.
Most memorable derby moment?
Just this year, twice I was told by fellow skaters that a little girl ( two different girls on different occasions) wanted to meet me and take a pic or sign a program. It made my heart melt, just being someone that a little girl looked up to and hopefully inspire to join derby so they can one day inspire someone else.
Being a jammer I tend to struggle with my mental game. This is something I have been working on this season and I will say I have improved. So before any bout I just work on staying calm. The superhero pose is something the Riot and myself adopted so that helps build that confidence before each game!
What is your athletic background?
I used to play soccer when I was younger. I was always good when it came to sports but like I mentioned earlier, I slowly stopped doing anything athletic when I hit high school.
I know people look at me and my size and are surprised I play derby. I use my size to my advantage and that is the great things about this sport. No matter what your size is you can play derby and you learn to love your body more!
Advice to someone interested in playing?
Oh my, just do it already!! I didn’t know how to skate when I started; I had not played sports for years. Trust me once you start you will love it! You will be surprised with what you can do and you will find a new community who will soon become your extended family.
Who do you want to give a SHOUT OUT to?
A shout out to all the skaters I have played with and against, you have all shaped me to become the skater I am today!
My friends and family for always supporting me, especially Matt…I know derby takes up a lot of my time and appreciate your patience at times.
Finally a shout out to Mary aka Maya Ruins for introducing me to this sport, it has become a big part of my life and I will always have you to thank!