Remember when your mother always used to tell you never to say "I'm bored?" Pretend we're your mother, only we're giving you great suggestions for fighting that boredom. * Check out the pushing and shoving and nail-biting action when the Tampa Bay Junior Derby Chicks unleash their inner tough girls at their next "bout" - that's what you call a roller derby competition - June 4 at 7 p.m. at SkatePlex 5313 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. You can also stop by their practices at United Skates of America at 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, go to tampabayderbychicks.com.* These Chicks are high school students, not the stereotypes who made roller derby a melodramatic entertainment staple of the '70s. Some team members talked to tb-two* recently. They are strong athletes who mean business about their free-wheeling, aggressive sport. Just check out their derby names.
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MEET SOME TAMPA BAY JUNIOR DERBY CHICKS
Tabatha Clark a.k.a. Sink Her Bell
Tampa Bay Tech junior
Back story: I have been a figure skater for 14 years, and my coach told me about derby and I have been hooked for two years already.I love how aggressive derby is. It's extremely different from figure skating, and I love the change. It's a challenge sometimes when I have to be so graceful for figure skating and so tough for derby. But, I love getting the best of both worlds.
Best part: Definitely dressing up. I love the fishnets and the skirts.
What's next, derbywise? I am transferring to the Tampa Bay Darlins as soon as I turn 18. I am so excited!
Derby advice: Don't be scared, be ruthless!
Tara Smith a.k.a. Tarin' U Up
Jefferson High sophomore
Back story: My best friend Tabatha told me about derby. At first, I wasn't so sure if I could do it because I tried other sports and nothing worked. But as soon as I tried out and started skating, I realized I found something I am good at and something I enjoy.
Best part: I have, like, a second family because of derby; our team is almost like a family and now I work at United Skates of America.
Liz Tsourakis a.k.a. PinkE
Hillsborough High freshman
Back story: When I told my mom I wanted to do derby she was like, "No no no!" But I was so determined to be a Derby Chick. I e-mailed the coach for the Tampa Bay Derby Chicks behind Mom's back, (then) convinced her to take me one of the practices.
Best part: Derby has really brought me out of my shell. I have more confidence than ever before. I stand my ground now, and I am much more assertive.
What's next, derbywise? When I am 18, I want to move to New York City and join the Gotham Derby Team.
Derby advice: Practice, practice, practice. I barely knew how to skate. But with a lot of practice and determination, I have been able to achieve what I can do today.
Ana Cheng a.k.a. Apolo Ana
Steinbrenner High sophomore
Back story: My best friends Tilly, Rachel and I were all watching Whip It and we all decided we wanted to get into derby.
Best part: I love the fact that I can challenge myself to become better at derby. At first, I didn't know how to skate at all, and I have improved so much. I just love working at it.
Tilly Arata a.k.a. A-Tilly-da-Hunt
Sickles High sophomore
Best part: I just love being with my best friends Ana and Rachel, and I love making new friends. Roller derby has also helped me to become fit. Really, (it) is just a fun away to become fit.
Derby advice: Be tough. Don't be scared to get a bruise or two. But those bruises are most definitely worth it.
Rachel Morin a.k.a. BobaThreatt
Florida Virtual School sophomore
Back story: Skating is my outlet. Like how people have music, I have skating. I just love working at roller derby and improving my agility. Derby has become my life.
Best part: I get so excited when I find about some new wheels, and I follow roller derby blogs. I have met a lot of girls from across Florida who are into derby just like me, and it's pretty cool. There's also a Derby News Network that I always check out. Derby has consumed my life.