Featured Skater – BOOBS LEGSLEY
Our Featured Skater is a Doomsday Darling, GreenBelt Riot, Membership Chair, and a BIRTHDAY GIRL! A couple of years ago from a far away place called Temiskaming….you know that is over 600 kilometers away……a woman took us by storm. She is a mighty terror on the track and breaking hearts off. She is none other than BOOBS LEGSLEY!! We […]
Our Featured Skater is a Doomsday Darling, GreenBelt Riot, Membership Chair, and a BIRTHDAY GIRL! A couple of years ago from a far away place called Temiskaming….you know that is over 600 kilometers away……a woman took us by storm. She is a mighty terror on the track and breaking hearts off. She is none other than BOOBS LEGSLEY!! We are so very excited to share this honour with everyone.
Derby Name: Boobs Legsley
Team: Doomsday Darlings
Where do you work? I’m a dietitian at 2 long-term care homes in Hamilton and Fort Erie.
How does your job affect your derby career? The most obvious answer is that having a sound knowledge of nutrition keeps me from getting the shakes or yakking during bouts, but when you spend a good deal of your day around the elderly, you earn a healthy respect for keeping your body in good working order. It really is a use-it-or-lose-it kind of world, so I’m trying to use it for as long as I possibly can.
What are your hobbies outside of derby? I am an amateur musician and play piano and sing back-up in an up-and-coming classic rock cover band called Lady Detox. Plug, plug, plug. Srsly tho, we’re the coolest.
I’m also pretty much always engaged in some kind of textile craft. I like to knit when my hands don’t have wrist guards covering them, and I sometimes sew clothing and quilts. Because I’m secretly your grandmother.
And I write a semi-amusing (I like to think) blog called The Other Three Percent.
How do your outside hobbies/skills affect your derby career? I have found that having a background in music gives me a bit of a leg-up on practicing certain footwork drills. If you can think of it as having a beat, you can get the footwork down. When the time comes during actual game-play, you can let your muscle memory do most of the work.
I’d like to say that being an avid knitter has resulted in a bevy of badass knee socks or knit panties, but socks take a long time and I’m also an avid procrastinator.
What is the story behind your derby name? When I first decided that I would give derby a try, my boyfriend at the time suggested that my derby name be Tits McGee. For reasons… Anyway, I had been reading a celebrity fashion blog called “Go Fug Yourself” and saw that one of bloggers referred to one of the celebrities as Boobs Legsley. Since Boobs is way more fun to say than Tits, that’s what I compromised on. I go through periods of derby name remorse every once in a while, but pretty much everyone I meet in derby loves to yell “Boobs!” whenever they can. If I can make a derby girl’s day a little bit better by giving them a good excuse to say a funny word, then I think my work here is done.
Why roller derby? I was a community dietitian in a small town trying to promote healthy lifestyles and lead by example, but I couldn’t find a type of physical activity that really stuck for me. I was afraid that if I joined an adult rec league, my skill would be so far behind everyone else’s I would be laughed out of town. When I heard that some local women were starting a roller derby team in my tiny town in Northern Ontario I thought I could get behind that. 1. I would get to meet some like-minded women. 2. I could probably wear fishnets and glitter, which there wasn’t much call for in most other areas of my life. 3. Most importantly, everyone was learning from the ground up, just like me.
What would you be doing right now if you weren’t involved with derby? I’d probably be playing multiple pianos at simultaneous Kiwanis festivals and community musicals. And trying and failing at attempt #163 at the Couch to 5K app.
What’s your favourite part of the derby experience? The grassroots approach. If everything is working the way it should, we’re all learning and teaching others at the same time. I love that we celebrate each other’s successes and support each other through the parts of derby that don’t come as naturally.
What position do you play? While I will don the star once in a very long while at a league scrimmage, I’m always a blocker at heart.
How do you hone your derby skills? By showing up. I can cross-train and visualize all I want (and I do), but my experience has been that being present (in every sense of the word) at practice gives results.
What’s your favourite pre-game meal or snack? Leftovers. No prep. Easy to heat. Smaller portions than usual so I don’t yak on the track.
Who is your Biggest Fan(s)? My biggest fan is probably my boyfriend, Todd. At one of my games last season, he made signs for his whole family to wear at a game that spelled out BOOBS. That’s a commitment to fandom.
Who is your hero? I must admit that I’m really bad at watching derby footage, so when everyone else is namedropping derby legends, I’m nodding like I know who you’re talking about and secretly hoping you don’t quiz me on her stats. My first derby crush was on Elle Hoar from Nickel City Roller Derby in Sudbury, who always looked so majestic and untouchable as she sailed past the opposing blockers.
Most memorable derby moment? My most-loved moment in derby so far was winning MVP Blocker in my first game as a spare for the Darlings about a year ago. Coming from a teensy team with very little exposure to derby outside of Northern Ontario, it was super rewarding to know that my hard work since joining NRG had paid off. I was beaming pretty hard for a long time after I heard my name called.
Pre-bout rituals? I mostly go about my normal day, only with more bathroom breaks. Then I like to haul boxes, tables and chairs across an arena floor for about an hour before I start playing 🙂
What is your athletic background? I’ve always been more athlet-ish than athletic. I did dance, skating and team sports as a young kid, but in high school and university, I focused more on music and academics. Derby’s the only sport that really stuck.
Advice to someone interested in playing? Try it. But be ready to love it. And then be ready to think all the time about how you can be better at it. And also be ready for an overwhelming feeling of being a part of something important. I’m sure there’s a down-side in there somewhere…
Who do you want to give a SHOUT OUT to? I should give a shout-out to my biggest fan, Todd. But I also really want to shout out my original bitches, the Temiskaming Traumakazes, because they are definitely collectively my second-biggest fans and have been cheering me on since day one.
Likes/dislikes? Likes: fancy cheese, the colour orange, chunky knits. Dislikes: grapes, squeaky cotton balls, mispronounced words
Derby wife? I had an NSO wife at my previous league, but I’m still conducting interviews since moving to the greenbelt.