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Aug 142013

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Zito # 28 aka Sarah Newbom Zito, had no idea that the joke e-mail her friend sent her 3 ½ years ago would have such an impact on her life. Who knew something like roller derby even existed? Eight wheels and one week later found Zito, an ex rink rat/figure skater, learning that little thing known as derby love!

Zito First Game

Zito has always been a one league kinda girl and started her career with San Diego Roller Derby, first playing with the Rockettes (currently known as the Bandettes) and now with the Starlettes, SDRD’s travel “A” team. Her involvement doesn’t stop there! Zito, wanting to share her love for derby with anyone interested, is one of the leagues “Newbie” coordinators, welcoming new faces and helping them get where they need to be. She also started the Cadettes program, a junior division for kids aged 8-17, where SDRD’s future derby players are born.

Outside of derby, you can find Zito working her magic as a hairstylist or working with a non profit to help place high school exchange students in the US. She can also be found in the gym a few times a week taking the circuit, yoga, kettlebell, or boot camp classes, and if your lucky, you can catch her in Zumba!


Originally going by the name Split Endz (because of her day job), she eventually changed to her much loved nickname of Zito, since that’s what everyone calls her anyways. The # 28 is the age she has been happily celebrating for the last 13 years and for many years to come! Always friendly and willing to help out, Zito has become a smiling face that is always ready to roll and pitch in where needed.

Personal Note from Zito:

My favorite thing about derby is “the feeling of accomplishing something that I didn’t think I could. I never ever leave the rink wishing I’d stayed home. I love the people I have met in derby. SDRD feels like my long lost family!” My personal advice – “Show up! Especially when you don’t feel like it! It makes you a better person.”


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