April Player Profile: Lockdown

Name: Lockdown
Number: 7138

Lockdown is known for her fierce hits and her hard-to-get-around booty-blocks. She has (and continues to be) one of our star pivots, setting the pace and calling out plays and instructions to her teammates on the track. Lately she's been working on her jamming skill too (watch out!).

1. How did you choose your derby number?
It was acquired by combining my year of birth and how old I was when I first played the game. But to make it easier on the refs, I go by 71 on the track now.

2. When and why did you start playing roller derby?
I started right after the Red vs Blue game, which was the first game for the Rated PG Rollergirls. My daughter Aimee and I had gone because she wanted to play. When we found out she wasn't old enough to play, she told me to go try it out, and I've been hooked ever since.

3. Did you have any experience skating before you joined?
I had never roller skated, but I've figure skated since I was 5.

4. What is your favourite off-track workout?
I love working out at Massich Stadium. Last summer Cruely put us through some intense workouts there.

5. Do you have any bout-day rituals, habits, or superstitions?
I like to remove myself from the locker room for a short time to just sit and relax. I also like to peek in on the opposing team during their warm-up skate.

6. Do you have a favourite song or quote to get you into derby mode?

7. Describe your most memorable derby moment.
Hmmm. It was a very silly and weak moment, but I would have to say the day I threw my helmet at Sistah. What is memorable about it is that afterwards, any hard feelings were set aside, and we all went out for beer and food. Derby is an intense sport, and even though helmet-throwing isn't a regular occurrence, there are frustrating and heated moments on the track. It's comforting to know that WHAT HAPPENS ON THE TRACK STAYS ON THE TRACK--that despite all the (legal) hits and those (rare) weak moments, your derby family will still be there at the end of the game.

Another memorable moment was at our last game when a couple of young girls were going around asking for the players autographs.

8. What is your favourite aspect of derby?
My favourite aspect is the derby family that I have acquired.

9. Throughout the years, you've been instrumental in fostering connections between the league and the rest of the community. Why are community connections important?
When I first started, we had the support of the community, but saw potential for so many more parts of the community to come together with the sport. The rollergirls did car washes and it just grew from there. We try to make sure that the community doesn't stereotype us as the old style rollergirls where it was all about being vicious on the track. It is an extreme sport, but we want our personalities off the track to show through and we want the community to know that we are here to support them as we would like the support in return.

10. What are some of the community events that you have helped get the players involved with?
A few of the things have been the Harley Davidson bike wash for Cystic Fibrosis, bowling for big brothers and sisters, the Chilli Blanket Rally. Loki got together a team for the CIBC Run for the Cure, and I was on that. I'm also trying to get a Roller Derby demo on the agenda for the 2015 Winter Games . . .

11. Any advice for girls who want to join derby?
It is an amazing way to get in shape and join a family of women that encourage and strengthen each other.

Come check out her hits at the next hometown bout! April 9th at the Roll A Dome!