Heather's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Norfolk, VA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

HEATHER HILES

Roller Derby Girl/Dental Assistant

“If you really want it, you're gonna do it. You have to want it that bad and know that it just takes time.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fear Fulfillment Goals Perseverance

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

falling, frankendoll, getting in shape, orthodontist, push yourself, pushing yourself, roller derby, roller skating, time, wftda

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Had only seen roller derby on TV in the ‘80s.
  • Remembered it as “girls on skates who hit people,” which sounded exciting.
  • Joined the Dominion Derby Girls, Virginia's first all-female flat track roller derby league.
  • When she first started skating, she’d never played sports, she hadn’t worked out in years.
  • At first, she was out of breath, struggling, but she pushed herself because she knew her team was depending on her.
  • Says she was originally afraid to fall; had her first big wipeout, realized she was fine, and after that, she had no fear.
  • Says she’d never be happy behind a desk crunching numbers—loves her orthodontic job because of how much it helps kids.
  • When she’s training new girls, she tells them “set a goal for yourself every practice,” work on one skill at a time.

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