AB: Machine Gun Kelley, congratulations on the June title! You've more than earned it!
MGK: Aww geez, thanks!
AB: You do so much for our league, can you share what roles you have taken on?
MGK: Roles I've taken on are Vice President for our league which has mostly been trying to find practice space, helping Linds out with Sponsorship where I can and in regards to health safety I mostly just stock our first aid bag and secure people to do first aid for our games.
AB: How do you find time and stay so organized with derby when you have such a demanding career and home life?
MGK: I have no idea where I find the time. Well Crimson Ghost would have an idea. I rely on alerts on my phone to remind me to make phone calls, and I keep lists. I also rely on family and friends to watch my kids so I can take time out for me to go and hang out with you guys and play DERBY
AB: We know you got your sh!t together but what are your biggest roller derby struggles?
MGK: Right now I'm struggling with trying to learn how to do everything again. I was spoiled out at North Shore I could do so many amazing things now back at Cody Banks I can't seem to do anything. Besides skills I'm working on the mental part of the game too, there's sooo many things happening at once.
AB: As one of the Bootleg Betties captains, can you share a little of what we can expect from the Betties this year?
MGK: The Betties are still growing and I'm happy to be a part of that and honoured that they chose me to be a co-captain (I was not expecting that at all). We're working on getting some practices/scrimmages to happen and ultimately prepare for a few Betties games closer to the end of the season. I'm really hoping for big numbers in fresh meat next year to increase the Betties roster.
AB: Every year is a little (or a lot!) different in terms of training, team dynamics, game schedule. What are you enjoying about 2016?
MGK: ALL THE SCRIMMAGING AT PRACTICE. It's a pretty cool year it's relaxed but serious. It's just an awesome balance.
AB: What position do you play and what's your super hero power?
MGK: My position is a blocker and as for superhero power I have no idea. I tend to have a loud mouth on the track (oops sorry for that).
AB: Do you train outside of derby practice?
MGK: Yes I train in the am before work at AFC and I have recently been training with spRAWkit (Matt Cormier) on Sunday mornings.
AB: What is your favourite derby memory?
MGK: This year my favourite derby moment was being chosen to even play with the Maidens. I was worried that it might not happen for me this year. So thanks for that.
AB: How many years have you been involved in derby and can you offer any advice to new skaters?
MGK: I've been involved since the beginning which I believe is 5 years. In that time I have had two kids so I wasn't on skates competing the whole time. Coming back after each kid was difficult my body did not want to do what I wanted it to, it took time.
Advice that I have to offer is to stick with it give yourself time and try not to compare your self to other skaters as we are all different and have different backgrounds. Some skaters come in to fresh meat and they were born to skate. This was not me. I know it sounds cliche but if you really want it and are willing to work for it and put the time in, it will get better. You must show up and skate. 💜