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Philadelphia,” for her derby name. “My favorite character’s name is Deandra, but she goes by ‘Sweet Dee’ so it’s kind of a nod to her,” she
said. “My number is also the area code for Philly.” Though Sweet Dee has been in Las Vegas since she was 3 years old, she was born on
Clark Air Force base in the Philippines.
She decided to take up derby in order to challenge herself.
“I was at a weird point in my life and wanted to do something for me,” the medical records clerk said. “I
wanted to prove to myself that I can do something hard and stick with it.”
Now that Sweet Dee is a full-fledged member of the Sin City Rollergirls, she said she’s looking forward to
developing her skills and becoming the best roller derby player she can be.
“I love being a part of this league because everybody brings you up and everyone wants you to improve,
which helps you be the best you can be,” she said.
Sweet Dee advises anyone interested in roller derby to give it a try.
“Just do it,” she said. “You’re stronger than you think you are.”
“I was given it,” she said. “A seasoned Vet thought I said my name was Shetland instead of Shannon, so I
was informed that my name was officially Pony and now I own it!”
The Maine native moved to Las Vegas last summer and works as a health inspector for the U.S. Air
Pony said her interest in roller derby began long before she relocated to Sin City.
“I always wanted to try and the opportunity finally presented itself,” she said. “I’m excited to be around
so many great people.”
“I loved my name being a verb, describing smashing through defense and smashing opposing jammers,”
JDSMASH was introduced to the Sin City Rollergirls through a friend.
“I loved the way my friend spoke about derby and how she said it was the best thing she’s ever done for
herself,” JDSMASH said. “She invited me to a scrimmage and I had to see up close what she loved so
much. I fell in love with it and just had to join.”
The Los Angeles-born coffee shop supervisor said it was surreal when she passed her skills test.
“It was rewarding to reach that goal after all my training and hard work,” she said. “The roller derby
community is a very supportive network of strong, powerful women. It means a lot to be a part of that
international community while representing Sin City.”
JDSMASH encourages all women to give roller derby a try.
“You will learn so much about your physical capabilities, all while having a team of women that support
you and want you to succeed,” she said. “It’s so fun and empowering, JUST DO IT!”
“I had first thought to go by Rebel Lynn because my middle name is Lynn and it sounds like rebellion but
then one day just talking with a friend we got on the subject of the Flintstones names and the second I
said Bettie Rubble it clicked,” she said.
As a hairstylist, Rebel is not only responsible for the fabulous hairdos you’ll see many of the Sin City
Rollergirls rockin’ but she’s also a freelance makeup and body painting artist.
“I’ve been an artist my entire life,” she said. “I graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of Fine Arts as a
visual art major then soon after joined the world of hair. I love to get involved with any and all artistic
ventures I can.”
Rebel’s derby number 513 is from Friday the 13th.
“Friday is the 5th day in the work week and then of course 13,” the Las Vegas native said.
Rebel said she’s excited to see herself progress and achieve her personal goals as a roller derby player.
“I never in a million years could see myself doing half of what I’ve accomplished so far and it just makes
me that much more pumped for my future in this amazing sport and community,” she said. “Being a
part of Sin City Rollergirls feels like being home.”