June’s Member of the Month: Hard Core Vette
Hard Core Vette has been part of Suburbia for more than 10 years as both a skater and an official, so picking her as our member of the month was a no brainer. Learn more about her below!
Who are you?
I am Hard Core Vette #1960, Head NSO (non skating official) and former skater.
How long have you been involved with roller derby?
Over 10 years.
When did you join SRD?
Why did you start playing/officiating roller derby?
I always loved roller skating, I grew up watching roller derby on TV and when I saw an ad for tryouts I signed up. Thought they wouldn’t take me since I was 47 when I tried out. Surprise I made it (no age limit) and started skating for Suburbia on the Brawl team, Bullies, Indian Point Sirens, then traded to the Botoxic Avengers and now part of the Neighborhood Watch team.
I started to NSO back in 2007 when I was fresh meat. Ian Fluenza, Head Ref from CTRG, recruited and trained me, so I started to work all the CTRG games when I wasn’t skating for SRD.
I was also head of the SRD Street Team for over 5 years. Attended so many events meeting lots of great people from all over Westchester/Putnam counties and telling them all about SRD and roller derby in general. As part of street team we were always flyering for the upcoming games which all the skaters hated to do, and I had a reputation for flyering anything and everywhere including wakes. To me it’s just free PR.
Why do you keep playing/officiating roller derby?
I love officiating, it is both exciting and nerve wracking at the same time working the games. I have been off skates since I had rotator cuff surgery back in 2013 (one of my many derby injuries) and officiating keeps me involved and I love all the friends I have met over the years. I officiate for a number of leagues in the tri-state area so you never know where you will find Hard Core Vette next.
What’s your proudest derby moment?
There have been many over the years
What do you do outside of derby?
I am the Payroll Manager for Westchester County Government. I also work with animal rescue groups, along with driving furry passengers to their new homes, rescues., fosters etc.