Astrid Suchy-Dicey (aka Belle Tolls) joined the Rat City Rollergirls in 2010 as a “baby giraffe on ice”. She got swept off her feet by the awesomely competitive nature of the sport, and by many of her derby heroes and teammates. Over the years she has learned to hold her own, however, making Rat City’s B team in her first season and then Rat City’s A-team in 2012. As a confirmed PBJ (pivot-blocker-jammer), this sandwich lover describes herself as “obsessively goal-oriented” who draws inspiration from the tenacious and the determined. A characteristic which you might recognize in her blocking style: strong, steady, and stubborn… with the occasional, unmistakable cobra-strike that sends her opponents flying.
Suchy-Dicey (rhymes with Spooky-Spicy) is a big supporter of skater development, in both skater technique and mental game, of which she says are critical to success in roller derby. She co-created Rat City’s fresh meat program, the “Rat Lab”, in 2011 and she still coaches specific skating skill seminars. But she says she really prefers working one on one: discovering opportunities, setting goals, and then crushing them. One of her favorite Sunday activities with her teammates is to “load up some footage, get some froyo, and debate strategy”—she says she can talk about it forever, and if you get her into a derby related (or really any) conversation, you will see for yourself that is definitely the truth. Just be sure to bring extra toppings!