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'Thunder Pants' helps her team score a big win

By Nicholas Patrinos, Downtown Campus Editor
On February 26, 2012

Anna Wilson doesn't let much get past her, especially in roller derby. Wilson, 25, an MATC Television Production student, is also known as ‘Thunder Pants' by her all female teammates the Maiden Milwaukee.

Originally from Neenah, WI, Wilson, is a tall, lean and serious roller derby player in the rink.

Outside of the game she is a subtle, polite mom, who has already earned a Bachelor's degree in animation from UWM.

Sporting her call name ‘Thunder Pants' on her roller derby clothing, Wilson #16 helped her team score a big win of 109-58 over the Rushin' Rollettes.

On February 11 at the U.S. Cellular Arena four teams of the Brewcity Bruisers league played a double header.

MATC President, Dr. Michael L. Burke also enjoyed the game sitting just above the Brewcity Bruiser's bench cheering Wilson on to a win with a family member.

Brewcity Bruisers, the league, consists of 4 teams named Maiden Milwaukee, Shevil Knevil's, Crazy 8's, and Rushin' Rollettes. Team players display a carnival of names on their uniforms like Romaniac, Bionika, Stryker, Kilher, Wolfher, Slaperah, and Betty Clobber.

Roller derby provides a show like no other with a Rocky Horror Picture Show mystique combined with serious contact similar to hockey and ice-skating.

The fans also consist of many family members since attendance is counted so the teams can continue future games. The players volunteer as well as pay monthly dues and attend committee meetings.

The teams are governed by WIFTDA, Women's Flat Track Derby Association.


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