The alternates! Here we go!
I have to put a reminder in here that these articles that you are seeing are not a direct reflection of any team that exists – they are the results of a vote by skaters and fans from all over the country. So when I say that someone is an ‘alternate’ what it means is that they ranked 15th or 16th in the 2 month voting process. And your alternates in the Mid-Atlantic are two giants of young roller derby. They are also two of my most favorite people in the world. Both of these skaters always are smiling, asking questions and looking for more opportunities to improve.
Jackie Treehorn – Free State Roller Derby
Standing 6’Forever on her skates, Jackie is still considerably new to the sport of roller derby. The amazing thing about Jackie is not her ability to take up half the track or her booty blocking – it’s her adaptability and her eagerness to learn. When she is with more experienced skaters, she is a sponge. When she is in a game situation, or with her team her confidence takes over and she is the leader.
She was selected for the Maryland All-Star team that participated in the Battle of the All Stars recently. Her progress from tryout to game day was absolutely mind-blowing. She no longer relies on her shoulders and power to try and knock down an opponent. She understands that her hips are where the magic happens. She has learned how to be an immovable part of a wall. This season was good for Jackie Treehorn. 2014 should be incredible.
Thee Mighty Isis – Mason-Dixon Roller Vixens
The first time I met Isis, I was visiting MDRV for a practice. I remember seeing her skate – strong, yet new to her wheel, a little insecure in her feet and movement. I could instantly see how much potential she had in her stance, her enthusiasm and her power. I encouraged her to practice her footwork, learn how to turn her body and to be a good partner. She told me she wanted to jam. Stunned [and slightly afraid for having to block her one day] I just said: “Yes. Yes you should practice jamming.” I just imagined her in a few years being as strong and confident as Uvetta Work from Charm City.
Isis was out for part of 2013 with injury, but it doesn’t mean she isn’t just as terrifying on skates. Her footwork and confidence has blown through the roof, and her work ethic is one of the strongest I’ve seen. She values team work, feedback and laughter. (Side note: the laughter is usually about how awesome something felt when she or the team accomplished good work on the track.) She was a key component of the Maryland All Stars’ blocking strategy and when she and Jackie Treehorn paired up – jammers were in trouble. Keep your eye on this double threat. She’s looking to conquer her 3rd season.
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