AB: Congrats to you! Not gunna lie, we saw this coming!
DB: Everyone but me saw it coming I guess haha! I can’t even think of the words that can accurately describe how grateful I’m feeling right now! A huge thank you to everyone, I need to give you all a massive hug!!
AB: What brought you to roller derby?
DB: It was a dark, rainy, scary day in Summerside and all I wanted was to get in somewhere warm and dry and then boom! Derby!…. Kidding hahaha! Shell Cat Fury from Twisted Sisters reached out to me before the 2015 season started and asked if I would be interested in being the DJ for their games. After a little while Crimson Ghost asked if I would like to DJ for the Maidens and Betties as well, and here we are getting ready for year three!
AB: People always love when you DJ our games, how would you describe your music tastes?
DB: Oddly not the first time I’ve gotten that question this week. My tastes honestly have a huge range, from old blues all the up to heavy metal. When it comes to derby, it tends to be a lot of Top 40 hits……from the 90s and early 2000s haha. Arguably some of the greatest music there is to keep everyone up and going. There’s something about seeing that “OMG!!” smile when someone hears that ‘one hit wonder’ song they’ve forgotten all about….
AB: What keeps you coming to derby practices now?
DB: Every game I’ve been at my interest grows and grows, to the point where this year I’m going to make my best effort to coach as well! Going to practice is a great way for me to learn more about the game, as well as getting to know everyone better and being more comfortable trackside helping out.
AB: What are your goals for the 2017 season?
DB: Aside from successfully multi-task between Coach and DJ? Continue to learn and grow as a member of the league, to push myself as a coach. Everyone has so much potential, myself included!
AB: You have a unique perspective on our league as you have volunteered at games and spectate our practices. How would you describe the Bootleg City Community?
DB: More like family you mean! When I initially started volunteering, I only knew a few people and was kind of a shy and quiet person who kept to themselves. The community is so welcoming, it’s blown me away time and time again. Everyone is always there to support each other, whether it’s on or off the track.
AB: Do you have any plans to skate?
DB: hahaha The million dollar question everyone wants to know! At some point I can see myself on skates……maybe….whether it’s just for fun or on track, that’s yet to be determined.
AB: What is your favourite derby memory?
DB: Only one favourite memory? Oh man…after sitting here watching a cursor blink for close to five minutes contemplating, I would have to say any time there’s an impromptu dance party during time outs and official reviews. It’s always a good sign to me that I’ve picked the right songs, and it makes me smile and laugh every time!
AB: How has roller derby impacted your life?
DB: Now this is a deep question, and the short answer is greatly. For the better, don’t worry! The medium length answer is personal, and anyone that knows me quite well, knows that I’m generally a pretty open person. It’s not much of a secret, nor am I ashamed or scared to admit that I’m trans(gender/sexual). Derby is such a welcoming place. It’s helped me to really come out of my shell and be more proud of who I am. It’s a place where I feel like the labels of society vanish and the only thing that matters is that we’re all human. We’re all friends, we’re all family. It’s a place where I know I can feel relaxed and not worried that someone is going to come up to me and tell me my life choices are wrong (believe or not yes, it does happen on occasion).
AB: If you could have 1 super power, what would you choose?
DB: I’d have to flip a coin between being able to fly, and being immortal…though I’m really leaning towards flying. Or better yet! Teleport! Need groceries but don’t want to go out in the cold? No problem! Sold. Teleportation it is!