Since we have become an Association and the creation of the two leagues on Prince Edward Island, things are blending together nicely. A true display of this happened this past weekend at the Bootleg City Roller Derby Season Opener in Charlottetown. There were Association members from the Wharf City Rollers who traveled to Charlottetown to help out their sister league through NSO roles and volunteering. This is our first year in this position, with two leagues and if this weekend was any indication, it’s going to be a great season with many
more yet to come!
We are proud that all our member support each other and league development. It builds a strong sense of derby community and derby love among us all.
This month we are happy to feature another one of these caring and supportive members….
Derby Name: Mama Class
AKA: Laura Peters
League: The Wharf City Rollers
Team: Twisted Sisters
Q: When did you first hear about roller derby?
A: I first heard about roller derby from Mosie O’Pummel & Suzie Shank. They were clients of mine & had talked about derby. I thought that it sounded cool, so I thought I would check it out!
Q: What attracted you to roller derby?
A: What originally attracted me to roller derby was the amazing outfits that the girls got to wear!! True story. I am friends with Kevin Molyneaux on Facebook, so that’s where I was able to check it out! I had never been or saw a bout, so I had no idea what I was in for!
Q: When did you join?
A: This is my second season playing, I am still learning new things at every practice.
Q: What is your favorite part of the sport?
A: My favorite part of the sport is when I tie my skates & take that first stride. Right then & there I forget how tired I may have been, or anything that may have happened that day & let it all go. I love that it’s ‘my’ thing & no one can take that from me! I also love seeing every one of my beautiful teammates, I feel so blessed to have met them all.
Q: What is your day job?
A: During the day & some evenings, I am an aesthetician. I have been doing this for 19 years & I still love my job! I work from my home & I feel very lucky to be able to do that & not feel like I am missing out on my children’s lives.
Q: How has roller derby changed your life?
A: How has derby changed my life? Well, growing up I didn’t play any contact sports. I did synchronized swimming from ages 5-19, so joining derby was a pretty big deal for me! My family could not believe it when they came to the first bout. Growing up, I wasn’t much for getting dirty, or rough housing… Now, well, I still don’t like getting dirty, but, I do like to push people around!!
Q: Do you have any derby goals for 2015?
A: This season I decided to only block. I did do some jamming last year, but, I didn’t always love it & the pressure, man, I was always so stressed out!! I would like to work on finishing my hits, I have a lot more bruises this year, which I wear proud.
Q: Any advice for people who may be interested in joining?
A: Anyone who I talk to about joining, I usually tell them to give it a try & don’t be scared. I always tell them about the awesome people that I have met & how my confidence has grown. I am so happy that I found derby & feel so lucky that my family supports me. Derby love to all! Xoxox