Featured Skater: Dirty Harriette

Next up in our featured skater series, our always smiling and wonderful, Dirty Harriette.

Derby name: Dirty Harriette

How did you find out about roller derby?
Through a childhood friend who help start this team…Rollen’ Rogue.

What kind of skating skills or athletic experience did you have before starting derby?
I started roller skating as a little kid. I had Wheels West, a skating rink a block from my house and I loved to go there on the weekends. I played in several sports though my early years and ran cross and track in high school.

How did you chose your derby name?
My husband picked it out. My last name is Eastwood.

What is your primary position?
Blocker.

What is your greatest strength as a skater?
I think I am good at offense. I love to help my jammer get through the pack.

What do you contribute most to the team?
My energy and smile. I have a positive attitude.

What has been your greatest experience on the track?
Somehow I got MVP blocker at a bout. Don’t know how but i am pretty positive it was because I stuck to my teammates side throughout that game.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?
The big tournament that is happening in Bozeman in May. It is the first one we’ve hosted and it will take all of us working together to make it successful. So if you aren’t doing anything May 13th or 14th, come watch and cheer us on.

What do you contribute to GRG off the track?
I am in charge of the safety committee. Always making sure every one is safe on and off the track.

What do you do in the non-derby part of your life?
I have been a registered nurse for 16 years. And if I am not working I watch my 3 kids (one grown up) playing basketball, playing soccer, dancing, running cross country and track and field, going to band and choir concerts, and going to drama events.

If you could have any super power what would it be?
I would like to be like the Wolverine… I could heal quickly.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give people interested in playing roller derby?
Practice, practice, practice…Never give up!!!! Some of us weren’t very good at skating when we started but the more you come to practice the better you get.

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