Derbyverse Episode 1.2, with Donita Mann
On August 22, 2011, I interviewed Donita Mann in the locker room of the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds’ practice facility in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I love her message of gaining self-confidence and empowerment through her involvement in Roller Derby. The very first banked track roller derby bout I was was Tilted Thunder’s 2011 season championship, in Everett, Washington. I made a video from the footage I shot at that bout.
Where they are now: I got to see Tilted Thunder’s all-star team a second time when came to Colorado Springs to compete against Team Bionic in 2012. This year, Donita Mann was on the all-star team, and it was great to see her skate again, and to chat with her at the after party. She was voted Rail Bird of the Month for October 2012.