Saturday night we ventured down to the Foss Waterway Seaport building to watch our Hilltop neighbor, Keri Parker, skate in her final Dockyard Derby Dames roller derby bout. Parker, also known as Psychopath Chick #365, was decked out in purple and skating for the Marauding Mollys. It was quite an experience for us, as it was our first (but definately not last) time watching a bunch of fearless local chicks compete in a bout.
Parker’s retirement from Tacoma’s Dockyard Derby Dames comes after almost six years of practice after practice after practice, an injury here and there, hours put into supporting the league, and fun. . . lots of it. “The average Dame skates for somewhere around three years,” she says. “Six years is a long time.”
Before her involvement in the roller derby, Parker used to skate all around town just for the fun of it. Then a friend recommended she check out the Tacoma league he’d heard was just starting. Parker joined the league in 2006 and has worked hard to help build it through promotion and lots of volunteering. “I’ll have lots of free time now,” Parker says. She has some ideas about how to spend her newly-found time, but isn’t quite sure what she’s going to do with it yet.
By day, Parker works at Total Living Concept in Auburn where she is a Community Guide for adults with developmental disabilities. She would like to continue volunteering her time to the Dockyard Derby Dames by creating a street team that skates around town hanging posters and handing out promotional materials for the league. She’s also planning an event for later this summer, but we’ll talk about that later. Parker’s a fun-loving, energetic gal who we’re sure won’t rest for long.