AB: Congratulations, Machine Gun Kelley! You're truly earned the September title
MGK: Thank you so much I was truly shocked when you called me.
AB: You have played on every team in Prince Edward Island (both island leagues), how has your 2015 season experience been so far?
MGK: This season has been awesome. I just want to play as much derby as I possibly can to increase my skills and experience. I learn best by playing games.
AB: Can you share some of this season's highlights?
MGK: Highlights have been being asked to join the Maidens, super excited about that and playing a ton of derby at Rumble, learning lots and not dying. I also enjoyed our practice with the smacks it opened my eyes to jamming, I used to not enjoy jamming at all but I like to take it on at our practices or at least give it a whirl.
AB: You bring such a positive and open-minded spirit to every practice. How do you stay so cool even during the most stressful parts of a season?
MGK: I honestly have no idea. I think I just have no time but to focus on the task that is front of me. Also I cannot change what has happened so I really try to leave the last jam or penalty behind me and move on.
AB: What skating skills have you been working on these days?
MGK: I'm really still working on mastering the basics before moving on. Honestly the plow stop will always be an enemy of mine, I practice it all the time.
AB: We all struggle to make the time commitments to derby. What challenges do you face to meet your
MGK: My struggle is the same as anyone that has kids and is trying to carve out time for yourself to get to derby. I rely on family and friends and even fellow teammates children (Macy) to look after my munchkins. So I am grateful to them for helping out so I can get there. Without them there'd be no derby for me and that is not an option.
AB: Have you been working through any injuries this season?
MGK: First game of the season that I played with the Bettie's I went down and hurt my ankle and have been going to physio every week since but it's getting better.
AB: Do you have any pre (or post) game rituals?
MGK: Pre game I usually have all my stuff packed and ready to go as I know I won't have time the next day. I must have bananas and maybe some chocolate covered almonds for before the game and at half time. Sometimes I'll put whip it on when I'm going to bed. Post game is BEER
AB: What (or who) inspires you to always bring it at every practice?
MGK: I'm new to this level of play and still have lots to learn. I just want to get better for myself and my teammates. I love the feedback that I get from them and my coaches. I'd like to thank you all for taking me under your wing this season. So each one of my teammates and coaches inspires me in our collective desire to be the best.
AB: As we come closer to the end of the 2015 season, what goals do you have on the table?
MGK: Stay out of the penalty box for useless penalties like destructions (*of pack) and to win that game against Bangor in October and I'll be pretty excited to complete a full competitive season without having to leave early due to a pregnancy. Every season I just get comfortable with myself and build up my confidence so I'm looking forward to building on that and not having to complete fresh meat again which would prob be my fourth time.