News and Bout Info

Humans of KDG: Coach Kickbomb!

What is your name?

Denita Arthurs

Your derby name?

Coach Kickbomb

When did you join KDG?

This is my first year

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, etc.)?

Coach of the Rogue Warriors

What committee(s) are you on?

None. Woot woot!

What do you love most about derby?

I am fascinated by how derby has made physical activity/sport accessible and appealing to a population that has historically been inactive or difficult to engage. Since I’m relatively new to Kingston, derby has also been a shortcut to meeting interesting people!

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?

(This feels like I’m writing an online dating profile!) Coaching is my passion. I used to coach basketball professionally and have missed it a lot. As far as work goes, I am Assistant Supervisor of Recreation Programs with the city doing community development work. In my off time I love cooking and eating- it’s all about the food (and mojitos). In the summers I love taking my dog Jean-Philippe camping in the Adirondacks.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?

I’m eager to see players grow through intentional practices and bout preparation. Learning is inhibited if you aren’t having fun, and I plan practices for maximum growth and enjoyment. A successful practice is a fun practice!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have a ridiculous, but well-justified, aversion to the comic sans font.

Thanks Flyin’ Brian!

Yeah, that’s right, Flyin’ Brian (manager of TORD’s Bay Street Bruisers, co-founder and skater for Toronto Men’s Roller Derby, and manager of Team Canada 2014) dropped in to run an amazing three-hour practice and give us lots of great feedback and stuff to work on this season. Thanks, Brian! Come back soon!

Derby Frontier Trans Awareness Week

The Canadian Derby Frontier site is hosting a Trans Awareness in Sports Week! That makes this a great time to remind all our fans of the Kingston Derby Girls’ gender policy.

If you’re a lady, you’re a lady. No questions asked.

Head on over to DerbyFrontier.com for a ton more info, from blog posts to interviews to first-hand thoughts from derby girls about body image, passive discrimination, gender labels, and more.

Humans of KDG: Polly Slamory!

What is your name? Your derby name?

My name is Karen but everyone in derby land knows me by my derby name- Polly Slamory ;)

When did you join KDG?

I joined on day one and haven’t looked back since!

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, volunteer, etc.)?

I am a skater with the Skateful Dead – I was off last season with a “9-month injury” … I’m REALLY looking forward to getting back at it in 2014. The Dead is an amazing team to be a part of.

What committee(s) are you on? 

Prior to my leave I was on the training committee and a co-captain for the Skateful Dead.  While I was on pregnancy leave I stepped down from those roles so … My full committee action for 2014 remains a mystery for now, but I have gotten my feet wet working on booking bouts for the Dead this season at home and away.

What do you love most about derby?

I love having an outlet that allows me to feel empowered and athletic. The sense of community is also pretty extraordinary and a wonderful thing to be a part of.

I love the challenge presented by participating in the sport and the league as a whole and I really love the sense of achievement and pride that derby brings into my life.

I have the most fun playing in bouts! Kingston gives such wonderful support to our league and the energy at our bouts is seriously addictive.

What do you do in your ”real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?

Professionally I am a social worker.

Personally I’ve most recently been spending most of my time and attention taking care of my new beautiful babies (one of the human persuasion, and one of the puppy persuasion). I come across a lot of poop on a daily basis; it’s all very glamorous.

Prior to my leave, a lot of my attention went toward derby related activities and it was a HUGE adjustment to take a step back this last season.

Unrelated to derby, I love to sing, play a little guitar, spend time with my family and friends, bake yummy treats and then eat them!

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?

After about 9 months of daily ice cream treats, getting back into shape and finding my rhythm in skating again is my current derby dream.

I also aim to enjoy the heck out of my maternity leave!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I grew up in a family where singing (loudly) was an everyday, fairly casual experience. It wasn’t until  I lived with roommates in college that I was advised that knowing all the words to every ballad in “Annie” or “Jesus Christ Superstar” was not an average talent… Soooo, if you ever have some time to kill and feel like taking in a one man rendition of “Les Miserables” – I’m your girl ;)

 

 

Humans of KDG: Flaming Hips!

What is your name? Your derby name?

Flaming Hips or Hips for short.

When did you join KDG?

The beginning of time.

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, volunteer, etc.)?

I skate, NSO, volunteer, and in 2013 was a proud co-captain of the Rogue Warriors (with my derby wife, Kimminent Danger).

What committee(s) are you on?

In addition to my captain duties, I organized guest coaches on the Training Committee for the 2013 season. I’m on the set-up crew for our bouts as an extension of the Events Committee. And I’m a member of the Mutual Aid Collective, which aims to make derby accessible for players and fans. In the past, I’ve been a Conduct Committee rep and Chair, and I was the Chair of Promotions, Media and Sponsorship (PMS) for the first three years of the league’s existence. I’ve also been a First Aid rep, but I gave that up because I panic a little during a crisis (e.g. Don’t ever choke around me – I might slap you as a first response).

What do you love most about derby?

I love pushing myself, taking risks, feeling powerful, and being competitive. I love strategy. I love progressing and watching other skaters improve. But my favourite moments are laughing hysterically during practice with friends.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?

I have the best “real life” ever. I am a Program Director and Media Arts teacher at an arts-based school for adults with developmental challenges. I’m a sometimes-single mama of an amazing 8 year old boy, named Scooby Doom, who enthusiastically calls penalties louder than me when we watch derby together. I’m also a failed gardener, vinyl collector, vegan cook (today’s soup is curried lentil with sweet potato!), drive-in movie lover, retired philosopher, and queer. Suddenly, I feel like I’m writing a dating profile. (Note: I like pina coladas but getting caught in the rain is less than desirable.)

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?

In real life and in derby, I want to have more fun. Not just run-of-the-mill, it-was-worth-a-giggle fun, but I-nearly-peed-my-pants fun, especially with my kid. I’d also like to skate 30 laps in 5 minutes (almost there!) and improve my footwork. I’d like to do some kick-a** blocking (no one said these goals have to be measurable, right?). And finally, I’d like to realize that life goes fast – it’s hard to make the good things last – you realize the sun doesn’t go down – it’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round.

What’s a fun fact about you?

Umm… I play derby! That’s fun. And it’s a fact. Too cheeky? Okay. How about these: I trekked through the jungle in Thailand at night with no flashlight, in a flimsy skirt, tank top, and broken flip flops. I was in a major earthquake (7.3) in Taiwan and experienced what we affectionately termed “The Ninth Floor Boogie” (which was more frightening than funky). In the 1990s, I traveled far and wide, through two continents and many countries, to see bands play (name a punk/metal/hip hop/indie rock band – I bet I’ve seen ‘em). And I have been jumped on skates by Quadzilla more times than I can count!

Humans of KDG: Kerosene!

What is your name? Your derby name?

Kerry – Kerosene

When did you join KDG?

I have been with KDG as a Disloyalist for 2 years.  Before that I spent a year with the Limestone Crushers.

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, volunteer, etc.)?

Blocker

What committee(s) are you on?

Events Committee (I’m the one who leaves the yummy treats in the change rooms at bout time)

What do you love most about derby?

I love the physicality of the sport, the speed, the strength the power. I love the thrill of the game, giving a great hit, taking a good hit.  I love the diversity of the players, love the camaraderie. I love that I am constantly challenging myself to be stronger, play smarter. Kinda love everything about derby..

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?

I live in Gananoque in a very old home with my Kiwi import partner, a 7-year-old daughter and a feline.  Together we run the Purple House Cafe for five months of the year.

In the off season I work as a Bartender, Special Educational Assistant, Caterer, Standardized Patient and I volunteer for the Linklater Breakfast Club.

I keep busy…

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?

I want to improve my overall game and work on agility and backwards crossovers.

On a personal note, planning  to have a successful season at the Purple House with our new wood fire pizza oven.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I consider myself to be a fairly decent fire thrower/spinner although that has not come without some hair loss and a few minor burns.

Did you know Kerosene auto ignites at 220 Celsius?

 

Skateful Dead alumna rises to new heights out west


Drafted as a rookie to the Skateful Dead last season, Saragorn improved at a mind-blowing rate with the team, and it was a sad day for KDG when she moved to Victoria, BC, in November. Gorn didn’t hang up her skates upon starting fresh in a new city, but in fact quickly was drafted to both the Belles of the Brawl and the Vancouver Island All-Stars, a team of talented skaters from all over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Huge cred and chest bumps out to the exquisitely dekey & tough Saragorn!

Humans of KDG: Frigger Skater!

What is your name? Your derby name?

Meredith Powell; Frigger Skater, but I am thinking about changing it to Powell Movement (#2)

When did you join KDG?

Spring of 2013 – it was my first season!

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, volunteer, etc.)?

Blocker for the Skateful Dead

What committee(s) are you on? 

PMS

What do you love most about derby?

It’s action packed!  I love the fast pace, the exercise and the camaraderie… and the competition!  I am just a little bit competitive.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?

I am a mother of 2 – Hana, 2 and Sylvan, 4.  I am a full time student, studying nursing at St. Lawrence College and I LOVE IT.  I feel like I am already a nurse and I am only in my first semester out of 8.  I think I need to calm down a bit.  I work part time as a server at Aqua Terra.  For fun??  Play roller derby, watch Netflix.  I am currently unable to finish season 3 of The Walking Dead because it’s too stressful.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?

Derby goals:  To have a kick ass season with the Skateful Dead; to be part of team improvement and cohesion; to improve my blocking skills so that no one (not even Fleetwood Smack ) can score any points.  I dream big. Real Life Goals: to survive the winter!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I lived in Japan from 2001-2003 and was quarantined for SARS after flying through Singapore.  I had to stay in my apartment for 12 days!

Strength

Derby night in Kingston

Last night, in a flurry of hugs and high fives, the Kingston Derby Girls reunited for the first practice of our fifth season. That’s right, folks, the derby girls are back together again and working hard after a long off-season. Yesterday’s practice was led by veteran skaters Knit Whip and Bones, and all of us spent two hours shaking off the cobwebs, remembering what it feels like to be on quad skates, and sweating hard as we got those muscles working again. It’s derby season, baby!