Roller derby name: Matlocke & The Bitter Mermaid
Roller derby position – off the track (and why): Media Team; we’ve got a way with words.
How long have you been volunteering for GRR? We’ve both been GRR fans since 2008, but took our roles on the media team in August 2011.
How did you come up with your name? Matlocke: I’m a lawyer and my last name is Locke, so it made sense to pay homage to TV lawyer Ben Matlock. We’re both from the south and often underestimated. The Bitter Mermaid started as another project, but the name was born at the final tryouts for the Roller Derby World Cup. When I began volunteering with GRR, it seemed fitting.
Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals? We head over to the Dollar Tree and shop for legal pads and pens. Then we have a drink at Splitz.
What is your favorite thing about roller derby? It’s fun to watch and a truly empowering sport for all types of players.
What is your most memorable roller derby experience? Matlocke: Going to the WFTDA national championships in Philadelphia with Stocky Balboa. The Bitter Mermaid: Shopping with Laura Ingalls-Piledriver at the Waldo Flea Market for her first skates.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? We actually do have a theme song. It’s Fleetwood Mac’s “Secondhand News.”
Aside from roller derby, what are you passionate about? For Matlocke, the First Amendment, travel, cooking with Mr. Matlocke. The Bitter Mermaid loves non-profit organizations, IPAs and summer.
What would GRR fans be surprised to know about you? We don’t skate!
What makes you a Rebel? Finding the elusive 25th hour to get things done.