With nearly 2 years of DGotM interviews under my belt, I love when something new happens. Our Learn to Skate program is coming into testing mode and there have been a number of new skaters who have immersed themselves into regular league practices to learn more, get more skate time, and build friendships. This freshy has made such a positive impact on our league that we voted her as our December skater of the month! Introducing… PEG LEG MEG!!
AB: I’m going on 2 years of DGotM interviews and would like to congratulate you for being our first Fresh Meat participant to have won this title!
PLM: Thanks so much! I am still in dis-belief. I am extremely honoured and thankful to be DGotM.
AB: It hurts our hearts that you are mending a broken fibula, can you say what happened that caused your injury?
PLM: Honestly, I just fell really stupidly. Don’t believe it? Ask the Giles sisters. We were doing positional blocking drill with someone skating backwards in front of you as a guide and I went down when I was the positional blocker. All I could hear was popping, all I could feel was pain, and all I could see was my leg in an awkward, un-natural angle. I have weak tendons in that ankle from multiple sprains from 20 years of soccer so I feel like it was bound to happen. I just got it out of the way early in my derby love life.
AB: Sometimes we choose our derby name and sometimes it chooses us. How will Peg Leg Meg stay true to her name?
PLM: hahaha My peg leg will forever be held together will metal screws, a plate, and some rope….yes, rope. So regardless if this name sticks or not, the alarms when I go through a metal detector at an airport and the wicked new scar will be a constant reminder that I am Peg Leg Meg.
AB: What inspired you to join our Learn to Skate program?
PLM: I actually saw you guys at the Gold Cup and Saucer Parade and thought “oh my god! We have roller derby here??!”. Before this thought could reach my lips everyone with me looked at me and said “I could see you doing that.” I am still, despite the broken fibula, happy I joined.
AB: Up until your injury, you were skating both freshy and regular league practices. How do you think the extra skate time has affected your overall skating skill?
PLM: Once we were told we could go, I jumped at the opportunity. Going to the regular league practices has TREMENDOUSLY helped develop my skills. Fresh meat has three amazing coaches, and I have learned so much from you guys. So I figured I could learn even more if I immersed myself amongst a bunch of vets. Everyone was so welcoming and eager to help me learn new skills and offer tips on how to improve skills that needed work. They also whipped my a$$ into shape with all the hot laps and the black widow drill!
AB: What is your biggest challenge with roller derby?
PLM: Waiting from Thursday to Tuesday without getting the chance to practice! No, in all seriousness, transitioning from backward to forward is still something I struggle with. Also, trying to familiarize myself with the rules has proven a bit of a challenge. I am one that likes to learn a sport by playing it, not by reading about it. So watching the Moonshine Maidens and the Twisted Sisters play as often as I could helped a lot.
AB: So far, what is your favourite part of joining our league?
PLM: Everyone is welcome for who they are and you can feel that.
AB: Do you have any derby heroes?
PLM: Well, I haven’t really watched a whole lot of derby but I look up to everyone in our league. We have some amazing talent on PEI. I do have to shout out to my heroes that were there helping me at the time of my break though. The organization and fluidity of what to do with a man down was incredible.
AB: What does your healing and strengthening plan look like?
Meg: This ankle used to give me a lot of trouble but apparently, it should be good as new. So I’m pumped about that. I’m hoping I’ll come back better and stronger. There will be a full cast (4 weeks) and a walking cast (not sure how long), then I’ll get to start physio. After some working out, I’ll be able to get right back at it. I’ve heard 6 months is a “normal” recovery time to be healed, but I’m hoping sooner.
AB: What are your roller derby goals?
PLM: Well, first things first, I can’t wait to pass my skills testing. After securing a spot on the Charlottetown roster, whether it be a new team or mix into the Maidens, I would love to make the travel team.
Sending all the healing moonbeams to Peg Leg Meg, we look forward to skating with her again in the 2014 season. Derby <3