|Switch in the Circus|
‘Switch’ tried out for LVRG in February of this year and is often heard stating, “I feel like I was made to play this sport.” With a background in cirus acrobatics, it seemed like a natural fit for Switch to join such an athletic sport. Whoooah, hold the presses, did we just say the circus? Yes, when Switch was only seven, she went to a summer camp where a traveling circus would come and train the kids in a few circus acts. For many summers, Switch was apart of the circus in a roller skating act, a stationary trapeze, the lira, the Spanish web, she did fire-eating, performed on the trampoline, did juggling, and much more. All of those acrobatic acts definitely have paid off, as Switch has found her way to become one of LVRG’s rising Jammers, juking and traversing her way through through tough packs.
Betty Switch explains jamming as being “both scary and exhilarating, for the same reasons. You are the target. There are four girls (usually big, ridiculously strong girls) all with the single goal of hitting you as hard as they can, knocking you on your rear, and waiting until you have just enough footing to do it all over again.” What does she enjoy about roller derby? She says that she not only loves her teammates for their strength and their “do what they believe in, don’t take crap from anyone” attitudes, but she also loves fighting through and breaking out of the pack to score points for her team. Betty Switch may be new to the sport, but she certainly will be making a name for herself this weekend as she is certainly what her teammates describe her; fearless.
The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls play the Green Mountain Derby Dames this Saturday, October 27th, at the Independent Family Fun Center located at 4345 Independence Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078. The doors open at 5:00p.m. and the game whistle starts at 6:00p.m. For more information, check out the LVRG website at www.lehighvalleyrollergirls.com or for tickets, you can order them early through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/277847.