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Published on October 17th, 2011 | by DerbyLife


Meet Team USA: Donna Matrix

Donna Matrix

League Affiliation


Years Skating

7 years playing roller derby. Before that, only recreational skating.

DL: What was your previous athletic background, if any?
I played soccer as a kid. But I have never really loved any sports until now.

DL: Why did you want to be on Team USA?
I think the World Cup is an important step in advancing Roller Derby as a sport. It is an opportunity to reach derby skaters and fans in a unique way. It is a competition, but it is also a learning experience. Just as the first Dust Devil began a frenzy of national competition, this has the potential to be the same kind of catalyst. It is a starting point – one that may begin the next chapter in the history of modern derby.

Selfishly, I want to play derby at the highest level possible. It is the closest thing to the Olympics that we have right now. So I had to go for it!

DL: How did you feel when you found out you had made it?
Relieved, excited, exhilarated and proud.

DL: Which skater inspires you most, and why?
The first skater to really blow my mind was Hoot’n Annie from Tuscon. I saw her skate at the first Dust Devil and was impressed with her energy and her ability to multi-task. She was always working in the pack, always busy. I said to myself – I want to skate like that. Then I ran up to her and told her the same thing.

These days, I look to my team for inspiration. Their drive and ambition is palpable. If I have a moment of fatigue or burnout, I look to my team. Their willingness to work is inspiring.

When that is not enough, my coach’s frank and honest criticism pushes me to better my game. It’s a combination of wanting to be the best I can but also wanting to prove to him I can do it. His expectations are high, and that ignites my drive to exceed them.

DL: Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out?
Push yourself outside your comfort zone if you want to get better.
Take care of your body! Replace your kneepads, drink your protein, and take your vitamins.

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