Peg Leg Meg is one of those wonders in roller derby who sits on the board of directors and committees and skates and trains like a machine while always keeping a super positive attitude. She is so deserving of our April title!
AB: I’m so excited that you have been nominated as Bootleg City’s FIRST OFFICIAL DGotM! PLM: I can’t believe it! I am so honoured and so surprised. Seriously, you all have no idea how much this means to me.
AB: As we have become Bootleg City Roller Derby, you are our current Communications Director on the board. How crazy (awesome) is it to put a face on our new league? PLM: I am so proud of our league and the way it has grown. All of us are responsible for this growth and I can’t wait to spend the year identifying BCRD.
AB: For those who don’t know the story, wanna share how you got your derby name? PLM: Sure! I broke my leg in a positional blocking drill during fresh meat on Nov 19th, 2013. I was so nervous to fall on people or brace myself on other people that I tried to turn to avoid a pile up and turned to my right to fall. Everything but my left foot turned, which resulted in a spiral fracture up my fibula. At the hospital there is a white board where you write your name, goal for the day, etc. so my husband thought “Peg Leg Meg” would be funny to put up on there. When some amazing derby family came to visit, they spotted it…..and the rest is history.”Peg Leg Meg” was born.
AB: We all know the time commitment that we put into roller derby, your partner in crime knows it too. How do you juggle it all? PLM: Blazed N Confused and I have always been the type to burn the candle at both ends, if you will. So we just kind of make things work. Honestly, we’re very lucky that my son, Felix, has an amazing “oddmother” who he loves to hang out with on derby nights.
AB: What is your favourite part of roller derby? PLM: Every time I get on that track there is something; a new drill, facing my suckage, or an opponent that terrifies me but somehow this sport and the amazing supporting family within it helps me overcome that fear and just push on. You truly push yourself in ways you would have never expected. I haven’t found this in any other sport I’ve ever played.
AB: We hit concrete this month! What skills will you be focusing on as we change floors? PLM: Stops hahaha. Really though, I plan on keeping my focus on edging, agility and getting better at power slides and learning hockey stops.
AB: This season, as we become Bootleg City Roller Derby, we have finally been able to have 2 teams in Charlottetown. How do you see this season being different playing with the Moonshine Maidens compared to other years? PLM: I can’t wait for this season! I am really excited that we now have different competitive levels we can offer skaters within our own league. The Moonshine Maidens really found their heart last year and this year we will prove that we have developed the skills and earn our spots on the track as an A team. Tryouts were tough and expectations are high, it’s going to be a fierce competitive season!
AB: You train really hard, how does it translate into your derby success? PLM: Call me sick, but I actually really enjoy dryland training. Some aspects are better than others but it is very important to train on the things you’re not great at in order to get better in ways you never knew possible. Recently, I found a quote that I think is perfect for training “If you focus on results, you’ll never change. If you focus on change, you’ll get results.” Once I could get my head around that, my game got a WHOLE lot better…..and thanks to my coaches who helped make that happen!
AB: Do you have a favourite team to play against? PLM: I really enjoy playing Halifax. They are a tough competitor but after the game you feel the respect between the two leagues. I also love Co-ed’s where I play AGAINST my husband…..nothing says “I love you” like a hip check.
AB: Will your bloody leg be making an appearance this year? PLM: HA! It just might….guess people will have to come to our games to see ;)