Skater of the Month: Noah Pologies

9 Mar

Noah Pologies

  1. Real name: Paul LaPorte
  2. Tell us about your derby name: When I first started skating with the league, someone might jostle me or knock me down and say “Oh, sorry.” I wanted all to know I accepted the thrills of the game. It also suits my life right now.
  3. Age: Mental age: 25. I took a test.
  4. Current town and hometown: I’ve lived in Tenants Harbor since 2001, born and raised a New Yorker.
  5. Occupation: sound engineer; Technical Director at Strand Theatre, Rockland.
  6. How long have you been skating: I’ve been with RCR for 2.5 years. I used to inline skate in Central Park all the time.
  7. Why derby: I stumbled upon derby at a low part in my life. It is now a high part.
  8. What’s been the most challenging aspect of derby so far? What’s your achilles heel, so to speak: I had to learn not to say, “I can’t do that.” Most times I surprise myself and can.
  9. Most fun and rewarding part of derby: Helping people of talent accomplish their goals.
  10. Other sports/hobbies/interests: Eating, cooking, travel, boats, music, reading….

Skater of the Month: CrazieNESS

13 Feb


  1. Real name: Vanessa Thomann
  2. Tell us about your derby name: I’m a little crazy. And I’m ness so it worked out well.
  3. Age: 28 and a half!
  4. Current town and hometown: Good ol’ Lincolnville and I grew up inCamden.
  5. Occupation: I’m a stay at home mom primarily but I also work with my husband and go to college part time. Is craziness making a little bit more sense?
  6. How long have you been skating: I started skating at the skate center in Rockland years ago and I would skate in my basement. I always wanted to be that girl who won the limbo contest in her roller skates. I would be the coolest 13 year old ever. Sadly that never happened.
  7. Why derby: Because it’s amazing. I watched a show about derby when I was like 16 and I knew I was going to be a derby girl. It just made sense. Then almost 3 years ago my best friend Bre told me about her friend Hedda who played roller derby and I had to try out. So here I am living the dream.
  8. What’s been the most challenging aspect of derby so far? What’s your achilles heel, so to speak: Time. I want to be here every practice, every bout home and away and every meeting. Unfortunately that’s not possible with a growing family so it’s hard to make the time to be here. Then once I am here forcing myself to give 100%.
  9. Most fun and rewarding part of derby: The amazing women that are in this league. I have a new family who love and support me. It’s great to have 50+ strong bad ass women who have your back.
  10. Other sports/hobbies/interests:Surprisingly I am not a sport person. And really was barley able to hike a mountain before derby. I love spending time with my wonderful family and going on adventures.