AB: Congratulations, Michonne! You've earned the March title!
MI: I'm so stoked! It's very exciting!
AB: What brought you to roller derby?
MI: My sister - DiHarderest. Many people encouraged me to join and I was an avid roller derby fan but never thought I could do it. My sister told me about a learn-to-skate that was coming up. From what I remember from our conversation, it went a little like this- " here's my old gear, I'll see you there!" - and that was that. I was hooked.
AB: You have a season under your belt, what do you plan to bring to your 2016 game?
MI: I hope to be more involved in the league and get in as many practices as possible. I plan to push myself out of my comfort zone a little more this year.
AB: What skating skills are you currently working on?
MI: My hitting and jamming need some work. Ha!
AB: Is there anything on wishlist for gear upgrades this year?
MI: I have so many things to upgrade ! My helmet is #1, then elbow pads. New skates would be fantastic. Oh and my mouth guard is pretty nasty too.
AB: What was your favourite derby moment?
MI: There have been so many favourites! If I had to narrow it down to just one, it would have to be Betties first game and how it felt. I had friends and family watching me. I was so excited to play but so terrified too. I've never felt that feeling before and it's so hard to describe. But it was an awesome feeling!
AB: We are mid-way through tryouts, which team(s) are you trying out for and why?
MI: I tried out for the Bootleg Betties. Both teams have such great players. I played with the Betties last year and had a blast. The Betties are still pretty fresh but growing fast. I was in a pretty heavy program at UPEI and exercise/fitness was neglected, so now I'm finished I have more time to train and work on building strength.
AB: Your sister has skated with the Moonshine Maidens for the last couple years and you skate together a lot. Is there any competition between you guys?
MI: I don't think there is any competition. If there was competition, I would win by being annoying-It works well. Serious though, DiHarderest is more of a motivator. She knows roller derby and knows how stubborn I can be so she gives me the kick I need to play better.
AB: Do you have any derby mentors or heroes?
MI: I think if DiHardest didn't encourage me to push through, I would have given up by now. I think that's key to being a fantastic mentor. I can easily say, I've been impressed by each player and I've learned new techniques and moves from everyone thus far.
AB: What is your favourite part of roller derby that keeps you coming back?
MI: Derby is my stress reliever-I need it to stay somewhat sane. I'm happy to be part of such involved and supportive team.