AB: You do A LOT OF WORK for our league. You are our Recruitment
Director, party planner, and general hand holder. How do you keep up the steam for all you do?
P: Somedays I really don't know. I think it's generally how happy I know derby can make people. I know how much derby has rewarded me with and I just want to spread that love to everyone I can. I firmly believe that you get out what you put in.
AB: What's your favourite part of roller derby?
P: So many. Dance parties, road trips, pushing myself to new limits, sweaty post-practice hugs, and building relationships/connections with people from different walks of life.
AB: You have recently come back to skating after suffering a knee injury. How has the transition back been for you?
P: It couldn't have come fast enough! I've learned that I have a lot of endurance to build back but when I put my skates on for the first time, it's like I never left. I think I've also developed super powers, accomplishing new skills I had never tried before.
AB: Everyone in your family is in roller derby. How does that affect/impact your life?
P: You mean there is life outside of derby? As with all things, we just need to have a balance. We are all involved in different capacities. Even when times are hectic we usually find a system that works.
AB: What cool ideas for our league do you have brewing?
P: Do I want to share all of the secrets up my sleeves? Currently, I am working on a BCRD league Valentine's Day party, partnering with John-Ross Fitzpatrick and Matt Sherman to interview league members for player profiles and promo videos, looking forward to a rock climbing outing, and working on something extra awesome with Dead Beckoning, to name a few.
AB: We are currently running Learn to Skate programs for adults and juniors. What is your favourite part about these programs?
P: Hands down, watching them grow! Each skater is unique and brings something special/different to the table. Watching them accomplish new skills, show their personalities and let go of their fears is super exciting to be a part of.
AB: What are your goals for the 2017 Season?
P: League goal: Connecting with each league member and letting them know their worth.
Team goal: To be a supportive and encouraging teammate.
Personal goal: Build my strength and endurance, mentally and physically.
AB: What is one of your favourite derby moments?
P: Rumble 2016: My first win as a Maiden, bronze medal game with the Spitfires, straight razoring our rats, and all of the coaching wisdom. (Minus the knee injury)
AB: Everyone is dying to know...If you could have any super power, what would it be?
P: To turn negative thoughts into cupcakes. The positive side is to think about how many cupcakes we'd have!