AB: Since joining roller derby a couple years ago, you have become more and more involved. How do you do it all?
MS: Haha well I certainly don't have much "down time" but it's all about balance. My life has definitely become very scheduled, haha, but I wouldn't change it. My week days are typically work and some times training, evenings are derby and training. Weekends are often saved for fun and relax but sometimes board or committee work (if needed) and sometimes an extra skate practice haha.
AB: As training Director, you have taken on the additional roll of coaching both Fresh Meat & Junior Derby. How are they doing so far?
MS: Goodness! They are all so fantastic, and I just love watching each individual grow. With the juniors you watch them be fearless, they almost never hesitate and so many things come so naturally to them. With the adults it's watching them gain self confidence and trusting themselves. we've just past the halfway point for both, and the trickier skills have started, but we made sure to take extra time in the beginning to lay a solid foundation, and it seems to be helping!
AB: We have many mentors and motivators in roller derby, who/what keeps your inspired?
MS: With this sport there is just so much to learn, so it's always inspiring to know there's so much more to do. Coach spRAWkit has basically always been a huge motivator and mentor for me, he kicks my butt in the gym on a regular basis but is also an amazing skater. I will be forever thankful to that dude! Coach Blazed inspires me to be more fearless all the time because he'll just try something not even caring if he misses, he'll keep trying until he gets it. Then there's every single one of my Moonshine Maidens, they keep me motivated always, never wanting to disappoint them. I could easily go on forever on this topic, there are so many just within our sport and region that inspire me constantly and some times in the littlest of ways. Anyone who works hard for the love of roller derby haha. :)
AB: What was your favourite moment of the 2015 season?
MS: Ahh! A single favourite moment! Capital City Rumble! Everything about that weekend was awesome, from the learning curve to the tiny victories, from watching top level teams to playing those same top teams. It was a time our A team really came together, and things started to "click".
AB: Gear is always a big question mark for some skaters. What advice can you offer to people looking into buying or upgrading their gear?
MS: Don't do it until you're certain of what you want and have physically tried it on. I've had different knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, about three of each. What works for one person might not for another. Upgrading my skates was a big deal, I saved that for last until I was certain. What I love about my skates, someone else might hate. Having the patience to wait until you're certain, especially with skates, is a struggle, but the difference it can make is huge.
AB: During our off season, what is your training focus?
MS: Strength, explosive power and endurance. Everything really. Getting as much skate practice in as possible, building and training at the gym. And eating healthy (and enough) to power all of that, haha.
AB: How has roller derby (in PEI and beyond) changed since you started playing 2 years ago?
MS: It's evolving more and more as a highly competitive sport. Each rule change or update clarifies and defines our sport, and strategies and game play are elevating. Men's and junior roller derby are growing rapidly now too. There's more and more coed derby which I love. The more technical side of derby is coming through and it's all so awesome to witness!
AB: Do you actually like moonshine?
MS: it's basically my very essence, haha. I almost always have some around.
AB: I know you are already thinking of the 2016 season, what are your goals for the upcoming year?
MS: Train hard and get my endurance up, work on my weaknesses. Bring our A team to the next level, we had a big learning season in 2015. Play different teams from further away, gain more knowledge and experience. And basically just attend every clinic and training opportunity I can.