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My Civilian Life: Roller Derby Player

SSG Elizabeth Hash of Missouri’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion talks about competing as a captain on the Kansas City Roller Warriors league
Hell on Wheels: SSG Elizabeth Hash, with Missouri National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, is always ready to put her signature move on opponents. Photo by Aaron Lindberg
Hell on Wheels: SSG Elizabeth Hash, with Missouri National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, is always ready to put her signature move on opponents. Photo by Aaron Lindberg

On her competitive nature: “I control it. Most of the time.”

Getting into the sport: “I love the contact. I have four brothers. I played backyard football. Even in basketball, I think I fouled out of every single game I played in high school because I tried to make it more of a contact sport. I was a figure skater. One of the reasons I stopped was because it was too cookie-cutter and girly for me.”

Her alter ego: “My nickname is Road Hash. To me, it sounded like Road Rash, kind of hard-core: 'I’m going to put people on the ground and have them remember me.' Does it come out in other aspects of my life? Yeah, a little bit. I’m pretty intense in all aspects of life. I’m a mom, I’m a Soldier, and I’m a roller derby player. All of that is kind of intertwined. I use things from each to help me with the other. Having an outlet to take out stress has really helped me to be a better mom.”

How the Guard has helped in the rink: “I try to use the things I’ve learned in the military in roller derby, as far as leadership and dedication. This year, I’m captain of my home team, the Dreadnought Dorothys, and co-captain of my All-Star team, which competes nationally.”

Her signature move: “It drives people nuts. When I line up behind people, or I’m trying to get through a pack, I ‘high-knee’ people, in the thigh and the butt. You know how when you run in track, you do high knees? I do that to them so I can get through. They call it a ‘Hash.’” 

The derby attitude: “Being military my whole life, I’m used to being around men. I was intimidated going into a league of 80 women. I’ve never been submerged in a culture of that much estrogen. I learned really quickly that most of the women who play are just like me: We’re ‘no BS’ people.”

Vision for the future: “Roller derby is really a movement. It’s getting bigger and bigger. Hopefully it’ll be an Olympic sport before long. We’ve got things like curling, right? My goal is to try out for Team USA in a couple of seasons.”