DGotM: December: QueenWasp

This skater has been with our league since our birth. She has lived many league roles and her passion & drive is her sting – on and off the track!
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AB: Way to go, QueenWasp!
QW: It was a big surprise. Thanks so much!

AB: You have been with our league since its inception and we sat at the first board meeting together in the Fall of 2010. What roles have you taken on over these past 4 years?
QW: Four years… wow, so crazy it has been that long already! I’ve been a Secretary, Insurance Rep, Treasurer, Fundraising and Sponsorship Director/Committee Chair and the Gala Committee Chair for 2014. (AB: Uh, you forgot SKATER!xxx)

AB: Can you comment on your perception of league growth since 2010?
QW: The growth has been unbelievable. We created something from nothing and it has been steadily growing each year and becoming more organized along the way. The Learn to Skate 12 week program is a perfect example of how far we have come. The fact that we now offer this is amazing! It has been a bumpy road for sure but it has evolved into something great.

AB: You are definitely known for your organized, well-planned character. What makes you tick like that?
QW: Ha! I definitely love planning but I’m not always organized. I think I just like using post it notes and highlighters.

AB: Can you name a couple pros and cons that come with derby life?
QW:
PROS
You get to play derby!
Meeting new people
Getting physical activity
doing something fun and
super cool!

CONS
Bruises everywhere (people may think you’re being abused by all the finger marks on your arms)
No time for non-derby activities (but derby activities are fun so whatever)
Derby clothing turns into your everyday attire (I think this is actually a pro)
Gear can be expensive

AB: What’s the origin of your name, number, and persona?
QW: My name is from the Misfits song Queen Wasp and number I took from my husbands old band Gallactus 77.

AB: Santa is coming in a few short weeks, do you have any special presents on your list?
QW: I would love new gear! My skates are literally falling apart. I have been using the same gear all these years. It is time for an upgrade…. I hope Santa reads this.

AB: You have experienced the 9 month injury. Can you offer any tips for new moms returning or joining derby?
QW: It sucks not being able to skate for so long. Derby is the only thing I miss when I’m pregnant.  I think it’s important to stay active in your league through non-skating roles though, as much as you can. For moms joining, it’s a great escape when you need it and also family friendly. My son loves watching me skate and enjoys when I take him out in the stroller skating around Victoria Park. It’s also a perfect way to get rid of baby weight and get your body back post pregnancy. You don’t have to be “in shape” to join. I think after having a babe you don’t always feel like your body is good enough, but derby really helps get you in shape and gives you confidence. I feel it also helps with postpartum.

AB: What has been one of your best derby memories or moments?
QW: There has been many over the years but most recently the Gala. It was a crazy busy night with many hiccups but so much fun. Also I love all the fun things I have been able to do because of roller derby and this league, like be in a music video, shoot shotguns, go to an Elton John concert, the ropes course and the list goes on!

AB: What are your goals for the 2015 season?
QW: It’s no secret I’ll be planning for another baby soon so I’m not sure what I’ll be doing in 2015. I REALLY want to skate and play with the Moonshine Maidens again but I also want to finish growing my family. It’s difficult when you feel like you’re getting in your groove but then take such a long break from skating. It can be discouraging coming back for sure. Either way I hope to be at every game, whether it’s playing or cheering on the sidelines.

 

Photo cred to the lovely and talented Louise Vessey. Check out QueenWasp’s page here.

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Derby Dude: November: Alex “Luckless” Tabor

Luckless is in the corner, behind the bench, under a chair, in front of you, EVERYWHERE! Capturing the sport & camaraderie, we are lucky to have such a wicked photographer in our league!

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AB: Congrats, Alex! I know you are a modest guy but this league truly appreciates you!
LL: Thanks. As a photographer I really appreciate all the league does to help build the sport in the region, and as an introvert I’m not overly impressed with everyone who put my name forward.

AB: What brought you to Red Rock ‘N Roller Derby?
LL: I had gotten into photography as I was finishing up university, and was invited out one evening to a practice by Austin Tatious, one of my former instructors from UPEI, and I got hooked on the challenge of capturing the game.

AB: You have been our league photographer for a couple years now, how has your shooting style grown with the league?
LL: My shooting style has been one of experimentation and refinement as I learned and studied both photography and derby. And the entire process very much has been a learning experience as I experimented with various methods, and picked up new hardware and software to offer a little more flexibility. I’m currently considering a few things that should change things up nicely for next season.

AB: I know that rinks (our general bout locations) offer very challenging lighting situations. What type of precautions must you take to get the best shot?
LL: For me lighting has often been down to acceptance that things are simply going to be awkward and inconsistent. Several of the arenas leagues have used to host games have lights with really nasty colour and power cycling, and while it isn’t all that noticeable to the human eye it will however stand out when taking half a dozen rapid shots at 1/200th of a second. Selecting settings has usually been an attempt to walk a razor’s edge between how slow of a shot I can take without blurring everything, how wide I can open my lenses up while keeping more than one person in focus, and how high I can push the camera’s ISO without drowning the image in noise.

AB: Do you have a favourite roller derby subject?
LL: I tend to focus on facial expressions along with action and hits. One subject which has mostly eluded me has been jumps and real air time. (I think that this season I’ve seen two clean apex jumps. One while I was shooting from the centre with a long lens on, and missed the shot, and another while I was down at the far end of the track…)

AB: We all know you as a photographer….what is your day job?
LL: Currently I’m working for a software testing house, with a focus on mobile games, but we handle testing on nearly anything software related that someone wants to hire us for.

AB: You have travelled around the Maritimes shooting bouts and tournaments, is there a particular event that you enjoy the most?
LL: Oddly enough I’ve actually had to miss much of the travel events except for a number in Moncton, and one or two down to Saint John. Double and Triple headers do seem to generate a unique energy by gathering teams from different cities together, but also don’t seem to build the pressure and workload which comes with the larger weekend long events.

AB: Roller derby life has its ups & downs. Who is your greatest inspiration and motivator in keeping you coming back to the track?
LL: What keeps bringing me back is more the teams and community itself rather than any individual people.

AB: You probably capture a lot of embarrassing moments & penalties, do you have a system for weeding out the “bad ones” or do you generally post all of your photos?
LL: Photo workflow has been an ongoing learning process, and most of the styles of shooting I’ve used have relied on timed burst shots. It can be hard to get many of the real hard action shots I’m after given how fast and unpredictable derby girls tend to be, so I try to start shooting just before I expect something to happen and get 6-8 photos to pick from. While selecting the ‘best’ photo from a given set I then have to keep in mind whether or not I expect that all of the players would be happy with seeing themselves in that photo. Sadly several players have this magic ability to blink every time the shutter trips.
There may or may not also exist a folder labeled ‘embarrassing’ on one of my hard drives.

AB: You have a seriously unique way of looking at roller derby. What kind of advice could you offer to skaters, coaches, announcers, and other volunteers?
LL: “If you don’t want an embarrassing photo of yourself posted, then don’t look straight into the camera and deliberately pull a weird face… Because I’m probably going to flag it and make sure it gets up on the page.”
But a more serious one would be to remember to not lose sight of the community and sportsmanship.

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DGotM: October: DiHarderest

She joined our league last year and fit in immediately with her voice of reason and give’r attitude. This breath of fresh air knocks you flat on your a$$ and we love her for it! Go Di Harderest!!

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AB: Congratulations on your October title!
DH: Thanks so much! This is awesome, and a huge honour!

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DGotM: September: Sirius Block

This sweetheart is that super generous & caring type of teammate, but lemme tell ya, Sirius Block packs a serious hit!
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AB: I’m so proud of you! Congrats on the September title!
SB: Thanks so much! I’m shocked! I appreciate it and am very thankful to everyone!

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Announcement: Cancellation September 6th Bout

To all our friends, fans and supporters:

We regret to announce that, due to unforeseen low numbers of available skaters and complications with the venue, we are forced to cancel the Bout on Saturday, September the 6th, in Charlottetown. We’re so sorry for the inconvenience but hope to see you the following weekend for A Day of Derby Debauchery! (more details coming soon!)

 

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