Meet a Dame: Lil Pass-a-Fist

I was born and raised in a small California town, Coarsegold. I played just about every typical sport but nothing ever stuck for more than a season. I could not wait to get out of the valley heat, so I went to college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. There I got into logging sports and competed at the the collegiate and professional level. I graduated from Cal Poly with a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection and a minor in Geographic Information Systems.

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Lil Pass-a-Fist shows the log who’s boss!

I worked in San Diego and San Francisco for awhile as an Environmental Scientist and then landed in another small California town, Red Bluff. It was a town where I knew nobody else and was in search of a hobby. I saw a flyer that there was a new team looking for athletes; the Red Bluff Derby Girls. I found more than a hobby; I found a great network of people and a new passion. I skated with them for almost a year and half.

Just this last December, my best friend and derby wife, Ruff N Tuff had to move to Dakota City, NE for family. I didn’t have any family or other close friends tying me to Red Bluff and I was looking for a change, so I came east with her.

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The happy derby couple: Ruff-n-Tuff and Lil Pass-a-Fist.

The Sioux City Roller Dames and roller derby has once again given me a way to make a new set of friends and to be welcomed to a new city and state. Roller derby has been the first sport for me that has stuck for more than a season. It has amplified my competitiveness and pushed me to grow as a person. I have absolutely fell in love with roller derby and those who support it. I am so excited to grow even more with the Dames.

– Lil Pass-a-fist

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