Derby Number: H8
Real Name: Anita Walker
Years of Experience: 2 years 6months
1.How did you come up with your name and number?
I had a lot of fun coming up with dozens of names, but in the end, I decided to go with a name that had more of a personal connection to me. My mom’s name is Alma, so I decided to play around with that. Alma Haters (H8) fell into place.
2.Why did you join KRD?
When the founder of KRD, Amanda Harms (aka Pisa Cake), put an article in Okinawa Hai to see if anyone was interested in helping her form a league, I replied immediately! After watching a few bouts on the internet however, I thought there was a strong possibility that I had lost my mind! I spent about 4-6 weeks trying to talk myself out of it. But I took the plunge in December 2010. It has been an amazing journey.
3.Worst/Best things about Derby?
I haven’t found anything that would fit in the “Worst” category. So far, I have been able to use the few negative experiences to push myself harder. I found a quote the other day that describes the absolute best thing about Derby. The sport is amazing, but being a part of this runs much deeper than people would think. “anyone who truly understands derby knows that in many ways, roller derby will set you free. You will sweat and bleed and cry until there is nothing left but the raw, unaltered version of you. And people will not only get to know and accept that version, but they will also love it. And you will too.” – Predator-in-Chief, NJ Hellraisers
4.Hobbies outside of Derby?
There’s life outside of Derby?
5.What advice would you give to a new derby player?
Learn the rules of the game. Don’t ever doubt your own ability. The rest comes down to heart. This is your dream. Make it happen. (Sounds cliché, huh? But it is true.)
6.What position do you play or want to play?
I am a BLOCKER all the way!
7. Do you have any pre-bout rituals?
I use music to amp me up. (Trillville, yelawolf, Eminem, DJ Khaled, DMX….anything along those lines.)
8.What is your skate gear of choice?
I skate with Riedell “wicked” skates. Atom Super G wheels, 187 Pro pads.
9.Who are your roller derby heroes?
This list has the potential to be very long. I’ll try to keep it short…Carmen Getsome and Wile E Peyote (Rat City), All the Rage City Skaters that came to bout us in Okinawa, Pisa Cake (KRD FOUNDER), Candied Slams and Release the Smacken (KRD), and (I can’t remember her name, but the entire team blew me away in last year’s regionals) the jammer from Wasatch with the long curly hair, played against Rat City….That girl was on fire!
10.Do you have a motivational quote?
I could quote Katt Williams Pimp Chronicles, I do love his quote about needing Haters in your life. It’s a true story. But on a serious level, one of the greatest motivational quotes is from Ray Lewis: “Effort is between you, and you, and nobody else. So that team that thinks it’s ready to see you, they think what they’ve seen on film, they ain’t saw what film shows, because every day is a new day. Every moment is a new moment. So now you’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature now, than I was five minutes ago, cause I’m pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre, and ain’t no man in here okay with just basic.”
11.What league(s) are you/have you been affiliated with?
Even though I’ve been a part of KRD from the beginning, I did break away for a short time. I skated with the Devil Dog Derby Dames for about 6 weeks and then I came back to KRD.
12. Do you collect anything, if so, what/why?
I have a small collection of old records, mostly old Jazz circa 1930’s-50’s. They were a part of a much larger collection that belonged to my Dad. Some of my most favorite memories were listening to those records with him.
13.What is something that most people don’t know, or would never guess about you?
About 4 years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to teach my daughter how to skateboard, nothing complicated, just coasting down the driveway. I told her “This is how you do it so you don’t get hurt.” Before I reached the end of the driveway, I had dislocated my leg from my ankle and shattered my ankle in 3 places. I have 3 plates and over 15 screws in my ankle. Haha….I am definitely no Tony Hawk!
14.What movie(s )can you watch over and over and never get sick of?
Fried Green Tomatoes and ANY of Tyler Perry’s Madea movies.
15. Which is your favorite song that you would sing at a karaoke bar?
Who needs a bar? You can usually hear me (along with my Hellions) singing ‘All I do is Win’ –DJ KHALED, at the end of every bout!
16.How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Down to earth
17. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to harness my chi!
18. How did you end up at Okinawa?
My husband is a Marine, stationed at Camp Courtney. We have been here almost 3 years, headed to Camp Pendleton this summer.
19. Anyone you’d like to take the opportunity to thank?
I’d like to Thank my husband, Freddie, my daughter, and my son, for supporting my dream, & of course, I want to give Big Ups to All My Haters.
20. What do you tell someone who thinks roller derby is a mock-sport?
I get it, but don’t let the fishnets and booty shorts fool you! Sure, the way the girls look can be entertaining… but that is not the SPORT of roller derby. If you strip all of that away, what you are left with is the fact that roller derby is a contact sport. It is a sport that that requires the players to simultaneously play offense and defense. No two jams are ever the same. It’s intense and addictive. Our players’ mental and physical game has to be on point. At minimum, it requires athleticism, dedication, determination, hard work, and constant training. Add to that a plethora of rules (look them up WFTDA.com), an ample amount of strategies and tactics – all overseen by certified referees and a group of non-skating officials, who call and record penalties, and I’d say you have yourself a legitimate sport. With 1,250 leagues sprouting up around the world, I’d say the majority of individuals exposed to roller derby would agree with me.