Name: Mark Kroehler - Derby Name TBD
Years of Derby: A Few Months
Meet Mark, one of our newest members and refs in training. When we say he's dedicated, we mean it. Mark isn't from Peoria, but working on a long-term project for Caterpillar as an IT Consultant. He actually lives in Saint Augustine, FL and flies home every other weekend. Wow! What a commute!
Mark has been involved in sports of all kinds for as long as he can remember. Football, soccer, baseball - you name it. As long as it was fun, he played. Mark spent many nights, while back in high school, at the local roller rink, skating with friends. He only recently got back into it as part of a cardio workout (sure beats a couple of hours on a treadmill at Planet Fitness).
Why did you choose roller derby?
Actually, Roller Derby seems to have chosen me. During an open skate at Planet X, I was recruited by Goldie Rocks and Crazee Onyun to be a referee. So far, it’s been interesting. Learning lots about derby and meeting some interesting characters along the way.
What's your favorite thing about the Push?
So far, it’s partly learning to become a better skater, and partly getting to know a great group of people.
Any memorable derby moments?
None yet, as I’m still learning the ropes. But, did get a chance to catch a bout recently in De Kalb. Fun to watch.
What are your hobbies when away from derby?
Since “away from derby” means being in my hotel room, I don’t really have any at the moment. I had been going to Planet Fitness to get back in shape and fill the time, but recently busted my thumb at an open skate. So, I’ll be sidelined for a couple more weeks.
Why should others volunteer/ref/NSO?
Having spent 10 years as a youth soccer coach and several years as a Scouter (Boy Scouts), I know firsthand how tough it is for volunteer organizations to get and retain good people. For anyone with a love of derby and/or skating, what better way to get closer to the sport than to volunteer.
Song that reminds you of roller derby?
A couple come to mind, but I’ll go with Joan Jett “Bad Reputation”.
Name: Drucilla the Killa
Years of Derby: 3
When Killa isn't on the track blocking, she's busy taking care of a step-daughter, daughter, two sons and a husband that she's been married to for 19 years. Although her childcare business focuses on human children, Killa has a long history of caring for animal children. Once a Wildlife Rehabilitator for Illinois, she owned a pet store in her hometown when she was just 18 years old. She also worked at a zoo and as a dog groomer. If you haven't noticed, Killa kills is at nurturing all life forms.
How did you get started in roller derby?
I started playing derby in March of 2013. Two years before that I was watching the St. Patty's Day Parade and the Peoria Push skaters were in the parade handing out business cards and gave me one. I kept the card for two long years and one day decided to see if they were even still playing. I went online and was shocked to see they had try outs scheduled the next week. I stepped way out of my comfort zone and decided to sign up and go. I didn't know anyone or anything about it. A big deal for me!
Why do you play roller derby?
I wanted to play because roller skating in was something I have loved to do on a regular basis since I was probably 5 years old. As a Mom of four children and a wife, I needed something for me. I needed a physical outlet for my stress. On top of caring for my family, I operate a full-time , licensed in-home daycare. As much as I love my personal life, derby gives me some much needed balance!
How did you pick your derby name?
My grandma's name was Drucilla, and she was a tough lady. She was a very caring and fair woman, but if you needed to be set straight, she got you there pretty quick. Killa...well, it sounded good! I'm also a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, and I always liked the character Drucilla.
What is your most memorable derby moment?
When I heard the rip of the duct tape coming off my helmet at derby graduation! That's when the coach took your "real name" off and replaced it with your earned derby name! That was when you became fair game on the track!
What do you do to unwind off the track?
I actually come TO the track to unwind!
Who is your derby hero?
Bonnie Thunders of course!
The Peoria PUSH faced off against the DuPage Derby Dames Onslaught this past weekend for our first bout of 2016. We came up short 240-130 but still had fun. Check out some photos provided by Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography.
Images provided by Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography
The day after Blonder Woman's birthday bar crawl more familiar faces appear at the Nacho Mama's Grilled Cheese truck. If you happen to spot this truck say hi and get yourself something to eat! Stay up to date on where they'll be on their facebook page.
Friday a few of the team joined Blonder Woman as she hobbled her way through a downtown Peoria bar crawl (safely of course) to celebrate her birthday! Crutches and ice don't mix but we made it through without injury! It was a great night full of dare I say, shenanigans.
Click the button below to sponsor your favorite skater!
After you log into your paypal account and set your donation amount, be sure to type the skaters name (real or derby) you want to sponsor into the box. Hope to see you Feb 20th!
Admission is free the day of the skate-a-thon so if you'd like donate but didn't get around to it we'd love for you to join us at Planet-X.
-photo credit Slim Jim Gardner
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