One might say, “Hey! This all-star team is biased! You can’t put your wife on this list!” To these people, I say, “You must not know about Bullet Brains.” The Emerald City Roller Girls jammer made the Oregon All-Star Roller Derby Team fair and square with the required avalanche of votes…and for good reason. Bullet was one of the founding members of Emerald City back in February of 2007 and has helped make the league what it is both organizationally and competitively.
This past year, Bullet Brains served as Emerald City’s Head of Public Relations and Marketing. She also coached and trained the Emerald City Junior Gems travel team Reservoir Dolls. She has also been there to step in and coach, and even sometimes referee, the Lane County Concussion when they need her. Did you watch the Big O on Derby News Network? You can thank Bullet Brains for putting that together. She is in charge of media and public relations for that event. She is loved by the community and has even appeared on the cover of the local weekly paper.
On the track, Bullet is an opportunistic jammer for Emerald City’s travel team Skatesaphrenics. If you let up for a second, she will exploit your weaknesses. Her tall, slender-yet-solid build makes it hard for blockers to have much impact on her, yet she is able to pound her deadly hips into the tiniest cracks in walls to make room to get through. The scariest part of it all is that she’s smiling the entire time.
“My favorite thing about roller derby is jamming in front of a crowd,” Bullet Brains said once I was finally able to catch up with her for an interview. She added: “I put a lot of time into doing other things for the league – I enjoy being able to promote my league and sport. I also enjoy coaching the juniors, but my true love is actually competing and if there are fans present all the better!”
Most people learn about roller derby after stumbling upon a bout. This was not the case for Bullet Brains. “Like my husband, my last car, and a load of dirt; I found roller derby on Craigslist,” Bullet confessed. “There was a call out there for any interested gals to meet up at Skateworld (Eugene/Springfield’s rink) on a certain night. I already had some outdoor skates, so I dragged a friend along, and we found ourselves at the first meeting of what would become ECRG.”
2012 was a tough year for the Skatesaphrenics, but there were some great moments. “I really enjoyed being a part of throwing the Big O and having everyone coming to play at our house,” Bullet said. “I love tournaments, and it was super fun to host one.”
Bullet added, “In 2013, I look forward to working hard with my team to have a better season than ever before. We’re bringing the sparkle back! I’m also super excited for another Big O: this time even more internationaler!”
Check out the terrific and inspiring article Bullet wrote about “sportswomanship.”
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