What is your name? Your derby name?
Mr. Kristi (courtesy of Dr. Philth, AKA Mr. Lavallee of the Dolls); before that, the best I could come up with “Safe Crack-her.”
When did you join KDG?
Fall 2011 Fresh Meat Camp
What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, volunteer, etc.)?
Skater with The Sinderollas and now the Disloyalists.
What committee(s) are you on?
I’m a long-time member of the Health and Safety committee, making sure skaters take preventative measures to avoid injury wherever possible. Most recently I’m the secretary for the Board. I’m also on the Fresh Meat committee, which is my favourite committee: meetings are fuelled by Chicago Mix and sushi (not at the same time), and coaching new skaters is both rewarding and inspirational. (Except when Fleetwood Smack sends me to the “pun-itentiary” for exceeding the maximum joke limit at practice.)
What do you love most about derby?
I love that you can join and have almost zero previous skating skill (i.e. barely be able to stand up, and definitely not be able to do crossovers) and that within a few short weeks most people are able to pass a minimum skills test, feel supported, feel great about themselves, and marvel at how the pain in their back/legs/knees is gone (to be replaced by the pain from bruises).
What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?
I get paid to teach… an awesome gig, most days. Grade three is a great age — they’re funny and still able to be silly… but start to “get” my sense of humour. I don’t have to tie laces or wipe noses, and the kids I work with are wonderful. I’m not that exciting, actually I probably border on being a recluse… I’m most comfortable at home in my jammies with a book or movie. I love to cartoon, and sing, and play board games and laugh in general.
What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
I want to have better footwork, better fitness, and a better awareness of the nitty gritty of the game (I was absolutely befuddled last year when the jammer on the opposing team skated the opposite way around the entire track!). I always want to be a better teacher and partner and friend and sister — so I guess striving to be “better” in all aspects of my life is a pretty constant goal.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I have a twin sister which leads most people to say “oh god, there are TWO of you?”… the answer is nope — we’re nothing alike. She’s my built-in best friend AND she recently had a baby, so I’m pretty excited to be an aunt again! I also have the very best mom and dad in the universe, who love to cheer me on from the sidelines (in every aspect of my life).