AB: Looky what we have here! The New Fee as derby dude of the month!!
TNF: I know! Thank you everyone, it truly means a lot. It really hits you in the face when you get that “Call me” message from Annie leading to a very loud “Congratulations”. I thought it was going to be about my ball hat I left at your shop from my last hair appointment, come get it or it’s going in the trash kind of call ;)
AB: It may be obvious to some but maybe not… Where did your derby name (/you) come from and why?!
TNF: The New Fee is “The Newfie”, just in a clever way; brought to you by Lady G Slip’er. Some people look at the name and may not understand until they see the number (709) which is Newfoundland’s Area Code. Funny story – when I attended Slay of Fundy II as a spectator in St. John last May, I wore my Twisted Sisters shirt with my derby name printed on the back. One of the skater’s on The Jam Jams (Newfoundland’s team) said she didn’t realize I flew up with them and started asking me questions regarding my involved with the Newfoundland Roller Derby League. I had to clear that up by explaining to her that I am actually fully involved with a different islander team, who ended up rocking The Jam Jams back to bed. I was very proud of the Travel Team and how well they played in that bout.
AB: You’ve taken on a tremendous coaching role this season, what are your goals for 2014?
TNF: I am very pleased and confident of my roles this season. It is going to be a very busy season coaching The Twisted Sister and the Travel Team, but I am 100% in and dedicated to fulfilling my coaching positions. My goals are to really shape the teams by introducing new calculated strategies to up our game and to really work as a team. I also have a goal to focus on each player on each team to work on things they can improve to be an overall better player.
AB: Who is your derby role model?
TNF: Tough question I have a few:
EL TANNANT from Roller Derby Québec would certainly be one of my player role models after enjoying his performance at the Men’s World Cup that just occurred a couple weeks ago. He was actually the coach from the very beginning of that league.
Bonnie Thunders from NY Gotham City, I really enjoy watching her as a jammer; she has 14 years of ice skating and 8 years of roller derby under her belt. Her skills and strength are so fluent and certainly a pleasure to watch on the track
Rotten Rob and Jesus Takes The Wheels coach and train a very impressive and disciplined team, The Lumbersmacks. I am very excited that their league has entered the WFTDA Apprenticeship Program, it’s great to see a Maritime team achieve such a goal.
AB: What is your biggest coaching struggle?
TNF: Coaching two separated teams this season, I do not want to train them the same. I have to go in to each practice in a different way, which can be a challenge.
I am also very bad with names; real names and derby names. I apologize for this.
AB: How or will your training plan differ from Twisted Sisters to All-Stars?
TNF: The Twisted Sisters having new skaters will be trained at a slower rate. The Travel Team will be trained at a faster pace with more advance training due to it being an All-Star Team.
AB: I keep hearing a rumor that you wanna skate. True or false?
TNF: True. I have been procrastinating on this and it is time to step up. April 15th (payday!) is the “order date” for skates and I will certainly enjoy the summer by skating in parking lots under the warm sun.
AB: How do you encourage your team to prepare themselves for game day?
TNF: I encourage them to implement the skills, techniques, and strategies that were taught and trained at practices leading up to game day. I will also encourage them to put on their ass kicking skates and tie them up so tight that no one can knock them off. Finally, I encourage everyone to have fun and to applaud their personal accomplishments.
AB: Which teams are you looking forward to playing this year?
TNF: The Moncton Mad Hitters will certainly be a tough but good game. Halifax Anchor Rollers for the Atlanticade Cup will also be amazing as the skaters on that team are very fun.
AB: If you could have any super power, what would you choose?
TNF: I like this question so my ridiculous super power will be – “The power to hold my breath under water BUT only if I am not wet”.
Thanks everyone once again for voting me as DDotM. It is a pleasure to work with all of you and I am very enthused and excited for the 2014 season.
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