How did you get into derby?
I came to see a friend, Pippi Ripyourstockings, play for her first season. Due to tryout scheduling it ended up being 2 years before I tried out. I was an avid fan for those two years, watching and learning.
What is the story behind your derby name?
My soccer team actually helped me come up with a name one night after a soccer game. There were some really dumb ones tossed around. I was adamant that I wanted something that would not embarrass me in front of my Dad. Playing other sports my full name is often shortened to Kat, and I have 3 cats, this made Kitty a natural fit. For the second part of my name – Liquor due to the reputation of making the best Jell-O Shots, and because I prefer liquor over beer. Bottom as some of the folks I play volleyball with there is often mention of how good my butt looks in certain types of shorts. This all got put together as Kitty Liquorbottom – which I always clarify liquor like the drink.
What is your favorite position to play on the track?
If you would have asked me this a year ago I would have said jamming, because that was the only position I played. It’s the only position I have played for the first seven years of my derby career. It is my 8th season and it’s the first season I have had significant time as a blocker, primarily Pivot. I wouldn’t say I favor one more over the other, they are different. I like the challenge of going back and forth between jammer and pivot.
How do you prepare for a bout?
I don’t do anything, literally. I try to stay in bed for as long as I can that day. I eat lunch and I get to the venue. My makeup isn’t the same, my outfit isn’t the same, and my routine isn’t the same. I do this to keep myself relaxed until it is time for the adrenaline to kick in.
Do you have any signature moves?
Nope, my skating background is skating in my parents basement when I was little. I’m working on all my moves, all the time.
Do you have any hobbies?
I keep myself busy playing soccer and volleyball. Right now it is sand doubles for volleyball, indoor will start this fall. Soccer I play mostly in fall/winter due to our derby travel season. When you play anyone, anywhere, anytime it doesn’t leave many free weekends to join a soccer league.
My husband and I try to get some camping trips in every summer. Let me clarify, I tent camp. Those who do, understand a cabin is not camping.
What jobs do you have with OHRG?
Right now I am a Trainer. After 8 years of derby I had to scale back on the job roles. I have been a board member and head of human resources.
What has been your favorite memory so far while playing with OHRG?
Earning a spot in the WFTDA International Championship Tournament in 2013 and following that up with a win over Rat City. Skating with teammates who were here since I started skating was something we worked so hard to experience. It was worth every single thing we put into the league!
Is there any derby gear that you can’t live without?
My shin guards. After being kicked in the shin one too many times I determined this was the safest route. Between derby and soccer they get a lot of use.
What is your favorite color?
Hot pink. Not baby pink, not light pink, but Hot Pink. My volleyball ladies, the Dirty Divas, may share that story with you one day.
Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in skating or trying out?
Be confident, not cocky! It will take you a long way. New skaters are always intimidated by veteran skaters, but we started out as rookies just like everyone else. There was a time when we didn’t know what we were doing either.
Recognize that derby is a lot of work, not just on the track but off the track. Don’t go into thinking it is all about skating, it’s not. Current and past league members, of any league in WFTDA, work hard to make this sport happen. Don’t feel entitled to skate just because you think you are good. You’ll see there is often a correlation between the best skaters in the league do the most behind the scenes for their league and/or WFTDA. If you are interested in skating or trying out, start getting involved now. Learn all you can about the league, WFTDA and skating.
Interview by: BerMurder Triangle
Photographs by: Joe Mac