Tilted Thunder Rail Birds — Seattle All-Female Non-Profit Banked Track Roller Derby

TyFoyed Gary

League Coach and Travel Team Coach

How did you get your start in coaching?
When Sally and Mae (co-founders) started TTRB they asked me if I wanted to try coaching. I told them I’ll give it a try and here I am today.
How did you come up with your derby name?
Ask Mae Lay or Sally, they gave it to me!!!!
What’s your skating background?
4 years of Ice Hockey and a Mother who taught roller skating at Lynnwood –Roll- Way in the 80’s. I’ve always had some kind of skating going on in my life. (Mom taught me how to disco skate)!
What’s the best part of Roller Derby for you?
Wow, great question!
1. When a new skater learns a skill. It’s great to see a huge smile on someone’s face when a skill they’ve been practicing finally clicks and they can do it.
2. When a strategy comes together perfectly in a bout.
3. Turn-a-round sternum checks!
4. Controlling an opposing jammer while skating backwards! Skillz!
What else do you do with TTRB?
I’m the head the VCG (Visual Communication Group), myself and many other amazing volunteers/skaters create all the posters, flyers and website artwork you see. It’s truly a talented group. I’m amazed by all the creativity from these folks.
What would you say to someone who wants to be a part of Roller Derby?
Well if you want to be a skater you need to come to TTRB Flight School. It’s one of the best training camps I’ve seen; you go from how to step on the track to power blocking in weeks. If you’re looking to be a coach, ref or volunteer please email- officials@tiltedthunder.com, you won’t regret it!!
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Yes, and I can’t say it enough, the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds is one of the best things I’ve done with my life. I’m truly amazed by the leadership, team work and overall community these Birds show. This league is a non-profit which means they have a mission. I see the mission with The Tilted Thunder Rail PEEPS. Watching these junior derby skaters grow really puts the mission into perspective. Empowering females at all ages!!!!