HB: My wife (Malicious Mayhem) was dropping by your practices last year but broke her ankle before she could start fresh meat. So the next session of fresh meat came around and she asked if I’d go with her. Now I can never leave haha.
AB: What are your derby goals for the 2017 season?
HB: Started off just learning how to skate and now trying to learn the ins and outs of the rules, so I guess my goal is to get confident enough to comfortably ref a game and not think about mistakes or stuff I may have missed (probably never gonna happen).
AB: In the past month, you've passed your minimum skills, played in your first coed, and reffed your first game! How did you pull that off?
HB: With a lot of support from you Gals, Blazed and El Beau; really just a great bunch of people, thx for having me.
AB: What was your favourite part about skating in our league's 3rd Annual Co-ed Smash Up?
HB: Getting the chance to play a full game with an awesome group. Man its hard work though, respect to the skaters that do it every week.
AB: You just jam reffed the Moonshine Maidens Season Opener. Can you describe the experience?
HB: Nerve wracking for sure, glad I had a great team of experienced refs to help me out. Shout out to Ice Queen, Spec Ops Ref and Mercernary (sweet name btw) for keeping me on track; and of course our very own El Beau, for his crash course in jam reffing, that guy knows his s**t. I didn't fall over and no-one ripped my head off so win, win.
AB: Between joining the Learn to Skate program and now, we've moved back to our summer home at Cody Banks. Has the floor change impacted your skating skills at all?
HB: At first it was insanely grippy at Cody Banks but its not too bad now, still struggle with plow stops though. I found my skates were sometimes sliding when trying to push off on the tile floor[winter home], so it feels safer to glide around on one foot at the rink and not worry about my skate sliding around and me falling on my a$$.
AB: Is there anything you wish you knew before entering your first season?
HB: I had seen one or 2 bouts prior to joining fresh meat and thought 'that doesn't look too difficult, I used to roller skate when I was 10' lol. Well, things change when you get to your 30's and throw on a pair of skates again. I wasn't prepared for the level of fitness that is pretty much required to participate in derby, skating around the track is easy but when there's people pushing and hitting you the physical exertion builds up pretty quick. Good fun though.
AB: So far, what's your favourite part of roller derby?
HB: The atmosphere I guess. Whether your reffing, NSO'ing or playing, everyone is very supportive, it's a big family; and everyone on the team wants to see it succeed and grow (on and off island). I am surprised by the amount of volunteering that the team does, you guys seem to have a presence at every major event.
AB: I feel like everyone is gunna google it anyway but where the heck did your derby name come from?
HB: Well, I'm Scottish. Been on PEI 7 years now, so wanted something to reflect that fact. There's an ongoing joke back home that Haggis is an actual animal and not just parts of a sheep, with some oatmeal and spices. My son has a book called 'Hamish the Hairy Haggis' and he is hunted by the Haggis Bashers. (Yes it is a kids book) I thought it would be a fun name for derby. [Urban dictionary also has a good definition lol.]
AB: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
HB: Just one? Gotta be flight! doesn't really help in derby but man it would be fun.