Featured Members: Smackie MacD & KEV BOT: March 2016

Smackie MacD

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Derby Name: Smackie MacD
Number: 15
AKA: Lisa Jean MacDonald
League: The Wharf City Rollers
Team: Twisted Sisters
Position: Blocker

Q: When did you first hear about roller derby on PEI?

A: In 2012 I saw a piece on Compass and was intrigued and could not get it out of my mind.

Q: What attracted you to roller derby?

A: I wanted to be a part of something that was fun, challenging and not main stream.

Q: When did you join?

A: January 2013

Q: What is your favorite part of the sport?

A: Everything – absolutely everything.

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Q: What is your day job?

A: Federal Government

Q: How has roller derby changed your life?

A: I feel like I am a part of something very special, and I am proud to belong to such a brilliant group of women and men. I feel supported and strong and amazing. I took a break for about a year and just went through fresh meat for the second time and I loved every second of it.

Q: Do you have any derby goals for 2016?

A: I will be 50 in October of this year so my goal was really to get qualified to skate again as a player, and to play one more (maybe even more than one) game before I turn 50.

Q: Any advice for people who may be interested in joining?

A: Join, simple as that. I hesitated thinking that I could never do it and I do not come from any sort of athletic background but with hard work it can be done. When we jump outside of our comfort zone that is where the magic happens.

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KEV-BOT

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Derby Name: KEV-BOT
Number: 13
AKA: Kevin Peterson
League: Bootleg City Roller Derby
Position: Head Ref

Q: When did you first hear about roller derby on PEI?

A: I first heard about Roller Derby from Lady G Sliper Back in Jan of ’11. We were playing in a dodgeball league. She mentions that she was part of a new roller derby league that had started up on PEI. They were looking for refs and I said what the hell. I could do that. 5 years later I am still here.

Q: What is your favorite part of the sport?

A: I like it is a sport that truly just about anyone can be part of. The sport is welcoming of new skaters. I feel all the members of the training committee are motivated to help everyone achieve their goals. There is a spot for anyone within the leagues. If you do not wish to play, then you can still be a ref or even one of our valued non-skating officials. Everyone is welcome.

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Q: How has roller derby changed your life?

A: Well just the fantastic new and interesting people I have gotten to know over the years. I have developed some good drinking bodies with some of the various ref’s in the Maritimes and New England State. There is usually some beer swap happening whenever the Zebras get together. We all seem to have the taste for the good craft beers.

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Q: What is your day job?

A: Well I work as Business Intelligence Analyst for Invesco here in Charlottetown. It is a rewarding job where everyday is different so it does not get routine.

Q: Do you have any derby goals for 2016?

A: Not really. I hope to get to the US more this season to ref a couple of games but that is really it. I do need to get myself a new kilt soon as well.

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Q: Any advice for people who may be interested in joining?

A: Come on out to a practice. See when we do. Come try on gear and see what it is like to be on skates. Talk to the skaters who just recently competed our learn to skate program. Many of them did not think they could do it their first night of class, and now they are eating ready to play their first season. Come help out and be an NSO. One of the best spots to watch a derby game in on the inside of the track.

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