Tox: How did you discover roller derby?
DQ: For the last couple of years my husband and I had mentioned many times that we wanted to check out a roller derby bout. It took a long time but we finally got the perfect chance in late September last year. We were invited to the Sick Town bout against SORG through the fire dept. My husband volunteered as an EMT and I was hooked instantly. I attended the new skater orientation the following Tuesday and was at my first practice within the week. Funny story – I had no idea how derby teams/leagues worked so while at the bout I bought a t-shirt from SORG as I had convinced myself that SORG was the entire Oregon league name and Sick Town was only one of the many teams.
Tox: List your most notable derby injuries.
DQ: I really only have 1 memorable injury to date, and it’s currently still healing. During a Saturday practice I somehow managed to fall straight down with my leg tucked under me and landed on one of my wheels. I had a perfect wheel imprinted on my bum, bearing included. It quickly turned to a bright purple splotch that took up a good amount of one cheek. It would wake me up at night when I rolled over. Aside from that it’s been minor bruises and scrapes…knock on wood.
Tox: How did you select your derby name and number?
DQ: I really wanted a name that pertained to what I do and the population of kids that I work with. I came up with Miss Demeaner pretty quickly, but was told it was already taken. Days later I received an e-mail from the lovely Phoenix Stark that she had come up with a name for me – Dylan Quent (delinquent). I loved it instantly! I’ve changed it up a tad to DylanQuint, but it’s something I never would have come up with on my own. I’m grateful for others’ creativity. As for my number, when my daughter first started talking she would, as all kids do, repeat everything I said. When I would give my club card number to the gas attendant she would repeat and yell out the window “889!” It got to the point where she said it all the time, the answer to most questions was “889.”
Tox: When not being a derby badass, what do you do for work?
DQ: I work as an educational assistant for Lane County 4J school district. I teach in the juvenile detention center with youth offenders and also in a secure treatment center for juveniles. I really love my work and the kids that I work with.
Tox: What are your non-derby hobbies/activities/hidden talents?
DQ: I enjoy being crafty, or at least attempting to be crafty. I love scrapbooking though I don’t find much time to do it these days. I really enjoy traveling and am determined to travel outside the country at some point in my life. I LOVE the water and used to spend my summer’s wakeboarding. In all honesty though, at this point in time, I just love being with my daughter. Be it watching Madagascar for the 467th time or searching the backyard for ladybugs together, I’m most happy when I’m with her.
Tox: What was your favorite Holiday or Birthday present received as a kid?
DQ: I have a terrible memory and there’s no one present that stands out in my mind. I do, however, remember the big surprise party that my dad threw me for my 16th birthday. My dad lives in Maine and I would spend summer’s there, with him. I remember driving home from work (dad next to me as I only had my permit) and wondering why our dead-end road was lined with cars. I quickly noticed family and friends spilling out of the house and onto the lawn. There was a volleyball game going in the front and cousins all over the place. Dad said “surprise, happy birthday” as I pulled in the driveway. It was so thoughtful of him to do and was so nice to see all of my East Coast family in one place.
Tox: List 3 things that you plan to accomplish in 2013?
DQ: 3 things I plan to accomplish this year…
I really want to improve my endurance/speed as a whole in derby, but specifically want to do 30 in 5 without feeling like I’m having a heart attack.
I would really love yo be in an actual bout by the time 2013 is done. I figure there’s always the intra league bout at the end of the year, so that should be feasible.