Featured skater: Surgical Strike
(photo: Sean Murphy)
Teams: La Racaille, Montréal Sexpos and New Skids on the Block
I love my knee gaskets from Neon Skates!
It’s a contact sport played on skates with a bunch of really awesome people. I can’t really ask for anything more!
When I was younger, I played a bunch of different team sports… soccer, volleyball, basketball etc. – even synchronized swimming at one point (that didn’t last long, haha). The sports that I really stuck with were hockey (which I played for 13 years at various levels) and downhill skiing (which I still love to do, but rarely find time for since derby took over my life!)
What other league did you play derby for?
Rideau Valley Roller Girls in Ottawa.
What are the main differences between the two leagues?
There were a couple things that struck me most when I switched leagues… Firstly, the size of the league! Montreal is a very big league, in terms of number of skaters, compared to RVRG. The other thing is the practice space. In Ottawa, it’s more of a challenge to find a good, affordable practice space. The Taz is a very impressive practice space, and I feel very lucky to practice there.
Who are you favorite derby players?
Lil Mama – she is incredible!
What is your best derby memory?
It’s hard to name just one… Maybe winning first place at Beast of the East in 2011 with the Slaughter Daughters. There are also so many good memories traveling with both the Vixens and the Sexpos!
At Quad City Chaos 2011, the Vixens (RVRG) played the Skids. That was a tough game! It felt like being run over by a truck!
I find it fun, yes! It’s something that just kind of happened – it was never one of my goals to be a jammer. I still feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing when I’m jamming – there’s still so much for me to learn!
It took me by surprise! It made me laugh, and it was nice to feel supported by the crowd, especially since I was doing something outside of my comfort zone.
YES, why do you think I moved here? Just kidding… I’m just looking to have more fun and more challenges in this sport, so it just ended up working out that way! I am really excited about the chance to play with so many talented and fun skaters.
My main goals are to have fun, work hard and keep learning.
RVRG and MTLRD for being the best leagues ever! …And my wife for putting up with (and supporting) my addiction to roller derby… I love you!