Everyone loves roller derby but no one loves roller derby as much as Ashtr0n! This skater gives her all at every practice, puts in as much skating time as possible, and just has an awesome spirit! Seriously, who gets their feature photo taken in the cheese department?
AB: Dude! Congratulations! You are DGotM May! A: Mucho thanks! I was totally not expecting this at all! So much luff!
AB: You are one of our newest skaters (coming out of the Fall session of Learn to sk8), how is roller derby treating you? A: It is treating me very well! I've met so many awesome people, who've become my friends as well. I've only been living here on the Island for a bit over a year, and have been, for the most part, on my lonesome. A good friend of mine (not from here) had gotten into derby about a year or two before, so I naturally sought it out.
AB: It is very apparent that you are determined at every practice to be better than the last time. What motivates you? A: In case it hasn't been made very obvious, I really heart the derby haha. I'm big on giving my all and my best to my passions, and I want to contribute as fully as I possibly can. This is why I'm also undertaking Reffing and NSOing. No matter what, I'll be there. WATCHING YOU.
AB: As you are wrapping up collecting your minimum skills requirements, what are you working on? A: Dem laps, arrggh. I have some contact based skills to take care of, plus some basic stuff (backwards skating/crossovers, arm whips, etc).
AB: What is your favourite part of derby? A: Oh my, where do I start?! I would have to say that the sense of belonging and being a part of something bigger than myself would fit the bill, here. My life for several years before derby was, what one would call, tumultuous. Derby has given me a place to centre myself and be a part of a tribe. A tribe of delightful oddballs that skate around and hit each other (lovingly), . It's everything I could have ever wanted <3
AB: As you become a more skilled skater, how have your gear needs changed? A: I've certainly become more educated on wheels. I find I prefer narrow wheels, which seems to work well due to my height (I'm 5'4"...with my skates on). Because of my being vertically challenged and generally being teeny-tiny, I can also get away with using grippier wheels in relation to the surface. When we were on the gym floor, I had a combo of 95/93s, which worked great. On concrete...well, we'll just say that stopping became a bit of a challenge. I'm now on a combo of 87/92, which has made a world of difference!
AB: Who is your derby hero or favourite team? A: I kinda like them all, with a slight bias towards Canadian teams haha. However, my derby hero is totally Red Nasty #28 (my friend, my friend!). She skates for the Rogue Warriors (and sometimes the Skateful Dead) under the Kingston Derby Girls league, based in Kingston (duh), Ontario. If it weren't for her, I wouldn't be here, doing what I love. I hope to play with (or against) her some day.
AB: As we just recently hit concrete, how has the floor change affected your skating? A: Well, my shins and I are on speaking terms, now hahaha. I find that merely skating around doesn't tire me out, anymore. Don't worry though, the pre-practice warm-up from coaches spRAWkit and Blazed take care of that quite nicely.
AB: If you could have any super hero power, what would it be? A: Hmmm. Honestly? Mind reading. Others are afraid of the dark, twisted thoughts that people may have. I'm more like "That's so messed up! Why didn't I think of that?!" Also great for interpreting text messages. What exactly did they mean by "FINE"?
AB: What are your goals for the 2015 season?
A: Finishing off my mins, for starters. I hope to jam for the Bootleg Betties, but I'll gladly block if need be. I'd certainly be up for getting more ref/NSO experience. I do have a main overall goal, and it's to stop overthinking everything. I often worry waaaay too much about where my feet are and not about the particular skill I'm attempting to master. I'm slowly getting into telling my brain to shut up and just doing what I gotta do. Trusting your feet/skates is veryveryvery important.