Why did you pick your name? “Little Minx” had been my nickname for several years by close friends. Little Minx -> Lil’ Minx -> Lilian Minx. I wanted a name that was uniquely Google-able and that had a “real” (fake) first name by which I could introduce myself.
What is your “derby persona”? Lilian (Lil’) Minx is equal parts silly, sneaky, and sultry. Lil’ Minx is the seductive siren that lures you in, knocks you down, and laughs about it. It’s taken from several underlying elements of my personality that all contribute to my personal style on skates and on the track.
Why did you pick your number? Think calculator style! Turn 717 upside down and you get “LIL”. I didn’t want a 1-digit number as it was more likely to be the same as someone else’s from an opposing team, so I chose a 3-digit number as it is more easily distinguished from background noise while playing.
When did you start skating? I received a free pair of used rollerblades when I was four and fell in love with the smooth, gliding movements; it was like I had discovered how to fly. I started visiting local rinks regularly, buying several pairs of cheap skates over the years that corresponded to my growing feet. At age 16 I bought my first pair of “artistic” skates — with narrower wheels that allowed for more agility — to learn all the fancy dance moves that I still haven’t quite mastered.
When did you start playing roller derby? My interest in the sport was piqued during adolescence, but unfortunately there was no junior derby in the area. I finally joined AASRD in May 2014 after tossing the idea around for a couple of years, and I’ve improved more in my relatively short amount of time with the league than I did teaching myself for the last two decades. I’m still kicking myself for not starting sooner!
Do you have any other hobbies? Boating! I spend my summers out on the Hudson River, lounging around paradise in my 18-foot motorboat with friends and family. I have been told from another boat club member that I “drive a boat like a man”, which is mostly insulting but I guess a little bit flattering if you can get past the blatant sexism. I wonder if he would say that I “skate like a man”, too?