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Happy Valley Derby Darlins creates supportive place for women to learn to be assertive

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The Happy Valley Derby Darlins consists of five teams competing at the Shove Shack in Lindon. (Photo by Aaron Thompson)

Happy Valley just got a little happier and a little more rebellious. Utah County has been home to the Happy Valley Derby Darlins, a flat track roller derby league, since 2011. Five teams currently make the rounds at the Shove Shack in Lindon: Molly Morbids (the travel team), Rollin Rebellion, Sirens of Steel, Bridal Veil Dolls and Happy Valley Derby Prodigies (the junior team).

With her long red hair and fiery personality, it’s no surprise Pleasant Grove’s Janeal Phillips has been given her derby name of Foxy Locks, which everyone knows her by instead of her “human name.”

Foxy Locks works in marketing, manages media for the Derby Darlins and has a 5-year-old son. She learned about the Derby Darlins from a friend and couldn’t wait to get started. She learned she was pregnant one week after joining and decided to wait until after the pregnancy. Two months after having her son, she was “rearin’ to go” and joined the league. “It has changed my life honestly,” says Foxy Locks, who also says the league has given her friends, work experience and the self-confidence she was previously lacking.

“It’s a very welcoming, supportive place where any skill level is welcomed. We will teach you how to be athletic and strong and assertive.”  — Foxy Locks, Utah Valley Derby Darlins

“It’s a very welcoming, supportive place where any skill level is welcomed,” Foxy Locks says. “We will teach you how to be athletic and strong and assertive.”

Happy Valley Derby Darlins is a non-profit looking to help others and empower women and children. “We try to do our part in the community and pay it forward as much as we can,” Foxy Locks says. “We just do it because we love it.”

The home team season opener is March 18 at 7 p.m., featuring Rollin Rebellion vs. Sirens of Steel. The Bridal Veil Dolls and Beehive Skate Revolution will face (and elbow and knee) off on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 – $12. (And if you’re dying to put on the elbow pads yourself, sign up for a boot camp and become a Derby Darlin.) To learn more, visit hvdd.org or visit the Shove Shack at 1922 W. 200 North, Lindon.

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