One of the most important jobs and the least acknowledged is that of a NSO (Non-Skating Official). They are the ones in the pink shirts sitting behind the computer, writing on the white board, standing in the middle of the track waving their arms back and forth, whistling the start and end of a jam, wrangling the penalties. It is a hectic job and someone has to help keep it all in order.

This is the guy for NRG. He is our Head NSO. He has been part of our league since its inception and is one of the few left to see how far we have come. He is Pinky Ry. Congratulations Ry, we appreciate everything you do to make us better.

Photo: courtesy of Laura Lefko Photo & Design

Derby Name:  Pinkie Ry
Number: n/a
Team: The Math Club


Where do you work? I do a lot of volunteer work and sometimes it takes some creative juggling to be able to fit it all in.

What are your hobbies outside of derby? There’s a life outside derby? Reading, Gaming, Fostering rescue dogs until a forever home can be found.

How do your outside hobbies/skills affect your derby career? Where there is a will there is a way my outside life only affects my derby career when I want it to.

What is the story behind your derby name? Its based on the best pony.

Why roller derby? Why not? 

What would you be doing right now if you weren’t involved with derby?  Getting more sleep and putting a lot less Km on the car.

What’s your favourite part of the derby experience?  The part between leaving for derby and leaving to come home from derby.

What position do you play? I’m a NSO.

How do you hone your derby skills? I travel to volunteer with other leagues and to learn from others who have more experience in the jobs I do.

Most memorable derby moment?  There are way too many to list, some of my favourite are watching the light bulb go on as a new skill or drill clicks for a skater.

What is your athletic background? What is this athletic thing you speak of…

Advice to someone interested in playing? Take it one step at a time, everyone learns at their own pace so only compare yourself to your prior self.