Tallulah Bankrobber

Tallulah Bankrobber


Personal Stats
Birthday: November 24
Height: 5'-9"
Weight: n/a

MVP Blocker for banked track derby bout between the Naughty Pines and Missile Mountain Roller Derby in 2012, MVP Jammer in Rolling Sturgis 2012 Mixer

Cross Training: Hiking, bike riding, yoga, and extreme board games.

Debut: Rocktown Rollers vs. Little City Roller Girls, February 2011


Joined CRG: January 2014

Teams You've Played For: Raleigh Ruckus, Carolina Bootleggers, Naughty Pines Derby Dames, Rocktown Rollers

Favorite Surface: Wood floor.

How did you find derby?: I'm a reporter and I'm always looking for a passionate person to tell me their story. In my case, I was fascinated by the Rocktown Rollers in Harrisonburg, VA, where I lived at the time. I spent weeks interviewing skaters and learning the game. After my story ran in the newspaper, I joined the team. Within a year, I was league treasurer, saw the team through its WFTDA application status and was bouting with some incredible women!

Sports Background: I played basketball and lacrosse in high school, and was also a varsity cheerleader, but nothing has lit my fire the way roller derby has. I love this sport!

Best Fresh Meat Moment: It took months to make it up through the fresh meat ranks on my first team; they wanted to make sure we were *absolutely* ready before we started bouting. But after I got my falls and footwork down, I was eased into scrimmaging and loved being a blocker. One of my captains, Betty Crasher, was a perfectionist and a tough mentor, but I looked up to her immensely. I'll never forget how great it felt when I hit her with a clean can opener during a drill and knocked her to the floor... Or when she complimented me for it!

Favorite Derby Memory: When I was a new skater meant honing my skills during practice... and supporting my league on bout days. One of the most exciting moments I remember was watching RTR play the Charlottesville Derby Dames in 2011. C-ville was ahead by only a few points when we were down to the final seconds of the bout. Coach called a time out in time for a final jam, and my teammate Killnitzki pulled off 25 points in what turned out to be mostly a power jam. It was so exciting to watch; I'd never screamed so much for a sport. It really instilled an appreciation in me for strategy and the rules of the game.

Likes: Radio, mountains, cheese, boardgames, potlucks, and campy movies.

Dislikes: Overcast days, the taste of kale, passive aggression, and mosquitoes.

Derby Heroes: Bam Bam Brawler (RTR), Luv at First Fright (RTR), 40 Ounce Bounce (River City), Raven Darkhold (Charm City), Slingin; Gritz (CRG), Slim Skatey (CRG), Psychobabble (Oly), and, of course, Suzy Hotrod (Gotham).

Name Inspiration: I was originally Mia Feral, but a skater at Rose City managed to register the name with Two Evils just barely before I did, and told me not to use it. So I found a BETTER name. Tallulah Bankhead was a spunky Southern belle and a lauded actress in Hollywood and on Broadway in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. She had a quick wit, an independent streak, and no use for convention. I want to be just like her. Hence, Tallulah Bankrobber. I've got custom toe guards with dollar signs on them.

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner." - Tallulah Bankhead

Food Before a Bout: Breakfast burrito and a banana.

If you could have any super power, what would it be? I'd be able to read minds and anticipate moves.

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