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

Catti LaBelle

2012-2013 BWARB Sponsors: 

Bennett Haselton
Robert Schwertley
Paulette Schwertley
Mike Baskett
Geoff Vlcek Photography



How did you come up with your derby name and number?
Two of my non-derby passions are cats and music. My real middle name is Belle, which is more of just a coincidence though. And sometimes you gotta be a little catty on the track! My number 808 is music-related too, referring to a bass sound made by the Roland TR-808 drum machine. 808 is also the penal code for disturbing the peace!
Who is your derby idol?
Satan's Little Helper of AZDD, Bonnie Thunders of GGRD, Carmen Getsome of RCRG, Quadzilla.
What is your favorite off-skates workout?
If it's competitive, I'm game!
How has derby improved your life?
I'm healthier and stronger physically and mentally, and I have met an amazing group of people. Derby keeps me focused.
What do you do with your time, other than derby?
My husband and I have ran a purebred cat rescue for the past 8 years, which has given us the opportunity to re-home over 250 cats. The majority of the cats we work with are senior or special needs cats. We have several of our own cats as well, who are all senior and/or special needs kitties. For my day job I'm the Assistant Shelter Manager at an all cat shelter, so I'm pretty much surrounded by cats all the time!
What do you like most about roller derby?
No matter how different we are, we are all here busting our butts because we share this passion called roller derby. Also, having the opportunity to participate in this sport and knowing that people come to watch for their enjoyment is a really neat thing.
Do you have a favorite quote that means a lot to you?
"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right." -Henry Ford
If you could give any advice to a new or interested skater, what would it be?
Participate as much as possible in practices, scrimmages, training camps, open skates, and everything you can. Read and learn and understand the rules. Watch lots and lots of bout footage and if you are injured go to practice and watch. Watching is often just as valuable as being on skates! If there is something you want to learn to do or to work on, come up with a plan and do it. Put your time in. And don’t get discouraged, especially when you first start. When I started derby, I had the most terrible artistic style Big 5 skates and wanted to give up skating every single time I went to practice because it was so hard to skate on them. I stuck with it and when I finally got "real" skates on my feet, it was just that much better!