Skater Spotlight – Roxann “Roxy BelleBoa” Hoppe

This month’s skater spotlight is none other than our newly-inaugurated team captain for the Oil City Derby Girls! Catch Roxy and her team play against The Bonnie Situation this Friday,  January 23, 2016!



Name & Number? Roxy BelleBoa  #09

Team(s)? Team Captain of the OCDG Travel Team & Dirty Harriets

Member of OCRD since? Fall of 2014 – So it will be 2 years fall 2016!

Give us a quick n’ dirty rundown of who you are:

Well I was born the small town of Nipawin, Saskatchewan.. Nothing too fancy there just a bunch of crop farmers and fishermen. Since there was nothing there for me, I decided move to Manitoba for a few years, then moved back to Saskatchewan, before finally following a nice gent to Cold Lake, Alberta, which is where I found the awesome sport of roller derby.

Is there a story behind your name and number?

It’s actually kind of a funny coincidence for my name and number. During my “Fresh Meat” (as they call it some places) or “Fundamentals” (as we call it in OCRD), I always just went by Roxy. One day, myself and a few friends were going to a boot camp in Red Deer, and we were talking about movies. Of course, Rocky came up. One girl said to me, “You remind me of Rocky by the way you hold yourself, and how hard you are to knock down! So we are going to call you Roxy BelleBoa!”

The funny thing is that she had no idea that for the 13 years before roller derby, I was training in the arts of boxing, kick boxing, and karate. I asked her how we should spell it, and we concluded that Roxy was going to be normal, but it was going to be BelleBoa instead of Balboa because I’m a lady. I then decided that my number was going to represent the amount of fights that I had won when I was competing – 09.

How, when, and why did you get started in roller derby?

I was living in Cold Lake at the time, and I was at work when a coworker told me that her daughter was going to try roller derby. Since I was no longer doing martial arts I thought, “What a great way meet new people and try something new!” So I went and checked out a few of the Lakeland Lady Killers practices, and fell in love with it, and especially one skater… Miss Motor Vader! I thought, “If she can do it, so can I!”

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Why did you pick OCRD for your league?

I moved to Edmonton and knew that I did not want to give up the sport that I fell in love with. So I checked out all the leagues in the Edmonton area, and I felt the same love, friendship, and family feeling with OCRD that I felt with the league that I was leaving. Plus, they had a men’s team (and from training with males back in my martial arts days) I knew it was going to be awesome.

What is your best derby memory?

My best memory… That’s a hard one… Probably when I was playing with the Dirty Harriets in Fort Mac against the Tar Sand Betties (love those ladies), and it was a neck to neck score the entire game. It was down to the last jam, and it was me and Blue Raven on the jam line. I was thinking to myself, “Oh Lordy this is going to be interesting.” I had full faith in my blockers that they could hold her back for a moment, so I knew I had to be fast and strong to get through to get lead jam. And wouldn’t you know it, I did. But then just over my shoulder I see her get through my blockers. At this point the only thought going through my head was “OH CRAP!! SKATE FASTER, YOU ONLY NEED A FEW POINTS!!” But as I was thinking this, she was catching up to me… On turn 4 I could literally feel her breath on my neck, then – BOOM!! I tapped her with my butt, she fell down, and slid off the track. With the help of my blockers I got through the pack, got all my points and called the jam off. We won the game 176 to 174. It was amazing!

Any plans or goals for your future in roller derby?

Well my first goal was accomplished when I was made the Team Captain of the Oil City Derby Girls travel team. But like any captain, they are only as good as their team. They are an amazing group of ladies and I love them all like sisters.

But my main goal is to just keep going. I want to play as long as I am able to, and when the sad time comes that I have to hang up my skates for good, I want to coach and help others learn and enjoy the sport that I love.

Anything else you’d like to say?

I was thinking of finishing with a quote from Bonnie D. Stroir that says, “Most seem to find Roller Derby in transitional periods… We ruin our bodies to save our souls, and for some reason that makes perfect sense.”

… But that doesn’t really sound like something I would say, so instead I will say “Roxy Smash!”