This crazy thing happened and the tables have turned. My league mates have voted me to be DGotM *blush*! Interviewed by our League Prez, Di Harderest, here goes nothin'!
DH: You've been a long-standing Captain for BCRD's A team, the Moonshine Maidens, and this season has been a great one. What's been your favourite Black Team moment for 2016?
AB: What an amazing season for the XXXs! While it’s hard to choose a specific moment, I would have to say Capital City Rumble was amazing for the Maidens. I think that was when all of our hard work paid off and we brought it! We entered the tournament as fierce competition and won games with our level-headed attack. I don’t think anyone expected us to come out that hard.
DH: The Maidens have worked really hard this season to focus on togetherness and working as a unit, rather than individuals. Is there a moment that stands our for you as a big success with a teammate or teammates?
AB: There have been a lot of amazing trust-building moments with the team. In June, while playing Bangor, I remember a moment when I called Crimson Ghost’s name, reached out my hand, and pulled her from a wall of Bangor blockers. It was a really cool moment which we have continued to practice and use in games ever since. I’m a real sucker for reaching out and having a teammate’s support.
DH: What do you feel is your biggest strength on the track?
AB: I’m going to say that I make a pretty good Guardian (*holding inside line) but maybe my strength is offence. I’m not good at giving myself credit for this sh!t.
DH: What were your goals for the 2016 season? Anything you still hope to achieve?
AB: One major goal was to win a game with the Moonshine Maidens. I’m hoping for another win.
DH: One of the best parts of derby is that there's always something new to learn, even for veteran skaters. Did you have any breakthrough moments this season?
AB: I did finally learn to power slide on the slippery floors during our pre-season. I’m still working that out though. I would say that this season I really got out of my head during games and became more useful in supporting my teammates.
DH: You've always had the blackest heart on the black team. Do you have a game-day ritual that helps you be your best badass on the track?
AB: Game day rituals usually include having a raw onion sandwich, having Kara-Lyz’her or Bonnie ’N’ Collide draw on my XXXs, paint my eyes black with Mocky, and have Blazed draw on my C. After the game, I like to shotgun a beer with Mocky & Blazed (and whoever else wants to join in!) I’m a weirdo who enjoys rituals on game day. My black heart thrives on the little details.
DH: You've recently made a move to country life, meaning lots and lots of motorcycle time. Have you had any derby-related revelations on the road?
AB: I have a new one daily! My most recent revelation was regarding our last practice following a game. Our attendance was low (this is not a new thing) and everyone has reasons why they cannot commit after a game - injury, needing personal time, don’t feel the energy needed for a good practice, etc. But for me, directly after a game is the BEST time to get back with your team and figure out what worked and what didn’t during the game. What if the practice following a game was structured in a way that we could start with discussion & strategizing followed by a warmup then the on-skates version of working out those kinks? Could be lower intensity (physically) while catering more to the understanding of all the whens, whats, wheres, and hows.
DH: You'll be coaching BCRD's Learn to Skate program starting this month. What inspires you to be involved with teaching newcomers to the game?
AB: I love the energy that new skaters bring as the intensity of a season dies down. Freshies… they’re a breath of fresh air with their positive attitudes (and they smell fresher than the vets!).
DH: What's your best piece of advice for freshies?
AB: Skate always! If you want to play roller derby, you need to skate and give it your all at every practice (every practice! Take advantage of both practices per week). If you want to go far, work harder.
DH: Even though there's still lots to come in 2016, do you have any goals for your off season? For 2017?
AB: Right now, my goals for pre-season are to focus on Fresh Meat, I intend to continue skating and hope to fulfill the ultimate goal of wearing black with the Beautiful People again in 2017. Give’r! XXX