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Featured Skater – MAC ATTACK

October’s Skater of the Month will not come as a surprise.  He is supportive, smart, and a really cool human being. Talented in many ways……he is the MAC ATTACK!  Another member of Team Zebra. He needs no big introduction because his name says it all. Congratulations Mac, welcome to NRG! Derby Name: MAC ATTACK! Team: […]

October’s Skater of the Month will not come as a surprise.  He is supportive, smart, and a really cool human being. Talented in many ways……he is the MAC ATTACK!  Another member of Team Zebra. He needs no big introduction because his name says it all. Congratulations Mac, welcome to NRG!

Derby Name: MAC ATTACK!

Where do you work?

I work as a Designer at Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc. in downtown St. Catharines.

How does your job affect your derby career?

Actually, I would say that derby serves as a fantastic form of stress relief from my regular workday. After sitting for 8 hours in front of a computer screen drawing lines with a mouse, it’s nice to be able to arrive at the Haig Bowl Arena, lace up my skates, and cruise around the rink chatting with our skaters.

What are your hobbies outside of derby?

I have always been drawn to the Arts! I love music – listening to it, or playing it… I like to play guitar, but I don’t have much of a singing voice 🙁

I also love designing & making things. Unfortunately, many creative types suffer from ‘Procrastination-itis’ – myself included. However, once I get working on something, I completely lose track of time!

How do your outside hobbies/skills affect your derby career?

Following Tennessee Frisky’s recent departure from NRG, I assumed her role as the Graphic Arts Department, making the posters, tickets & programs for the League.

I have also had some fun creating vinyl decal logos for a few of our skaters’ helmets, including my own. You might see them go whizzing by on the track at the next bout.

On a more general level, I’m a relatively patient person by nature, which I find useful when helping with Freshmeat Training, or trying to get my head around some of these derby rules.

What is your athletic background?

I was an Art Club kid when I was in high school, so I never really had an interest in sports… Track & Field didn’t excite me, and I ran too fast to play basketball or soccer – always leaving the ball behind. I didn’t want to get up at an ungodly hour for rowing, and preferred not having to wear a unisuit – the extra attention would have been too much to handle… haha 🙂 I liked football, and probably would have made a decent Wide Receiver, but fear of being tackled would have been the only thing keeping me alive on the field! I don’t care for hockey, or ice-skating, so it’s funny that I’m drawn to rollerskating, but I absolutely love it!

Why roller derby?

It may come as a surprise to some, but I wasn’t a really social person in high school. I didn’t have a group of friends to go out to the movies with, and I definitely wasn’t a partier. For some reason, I always liked the idea of the good ol’ fashioned roller rink – cruising around to good music seemed like a lot more fun than just hanging out at the mall. I even dreamed about bringing the roller rink back to Niagara, in an empty grocery store building near my house at that time. Fast-forward to three years ago – I took my sister to an NRG bout for something fun to do for her birthday, and noticed that most of the Refs were guys… a year later, after some consideration and a somewhat successful attempt on rented skates at the Hamilton Pier, I decided to contact NRG to find out how to get involved, and the rest is history.

What’s your favourite part of the derby experience?

I really love the strong, supportive community that I have been welcomed into here at NRG. Through their talents, skills and varied backgrounds, each skater brings something special to the league, and as a whole, makes an inspiring effort to give back to our Niagara Community on the larger scale, by supporting many essential local charities.

What is the story behind your derby name?

During my brief run as a DSBN high school supply teacher – that’s right, a high school supply teacher! – I was regularly called to a school, to cover for their gym teacher. When dealing with Gr. 10 boys, Mr. McIntosh quickly turned into Mr. Mac, which evolved into Mac Attack, and soon spread into many of my other class coverages. It was kind of endearing to have, “Do we get the Mac Attack today?” shouted at you when you walked into the school foyer in the morning.

What position do you play?

I volunteer as a Ref / Official for NRG… or at least pretend to, as I continue to learn the rules of this surprisingly complex game.

How do you hone your derby skills?

Practice, practice, practice. The more time on your skates, the better! It helps to have knowledgeable Trainers & Refs around to explain aspects of the game as well.

What’s your favourite pre-game meal or snack?

Anyone who has met me knows that I’m not a big ‘food person’, but after practice, or post-game, I do enjoy a tall glass of Chocolate Milk… it’s like drinking a liquid Fudgesicle! SO GOOD!! Apparently, it’s good for you, too.

Who is your Biggest Fan(s)?

There appears to be a vacancy in this department, as I have yet to see a MAC ATTACK! cheering section out in the crowd. Although, nobody really cheers for the Refs anyway… except other Refs!

“Awesome ‘Failure to Return’ call! That Blocker was so far out of play, that she would’ve needed to set her watch back an hour! Oh, wait… was that the Jammer?” Kidding, of course…

Who is your hero?

Might sound cheesy, but it’s my Mom! She is absolutely the “ most bravest’, ‘most kindest’, ‘most bestest’ person in my life! My Oma & my sister are pretty special, too!

Most memorable derby moment?

The first whistle of the first jam of my first bout, wearing my Ref stripes was pretty thrilling / terrifying, but assessing my first ‘ACCURATE’ penalty call was definitely a satisfying experience.

Advice to someone interested in playing?

Go for it!

Rent some gear at the Hamilton Pier, and give it a try. You have absolutely nothing to lose… except for the feeling in your bum cheeks temporarily – but they have pads for that 🙂

Be prepared to fall… a lot at first, but we can teach you how to fall safely & less frequently!

If full contact isn’t for you, you can always join the Ref squad. We’d love to have you on our team… There is safety in numbers!

If skating isn’t for you, then why not become a Non-Skating Official? NSOs are an integral part of the game as well, and get to sport a spiffy pink T-Shirt – usually freshly laundered, but no guarantees!

Contact NRG Membership to find out when the next Freshmeat Intake is happening – you won’t regret it!

Who do you want to give a SHOUT OUT to?

Everyone in the NRG community for just being awesome – especially our Trainers for pushing us every week to become better skaters. I also want to send a special thanks to Holly ‘Milfhouse’ & Mahogany ‘Dreaded Medic’, for their mentorship & patience in helping me to become a better Ref.

Derby wife?

Apparently, I’m somewhere in the Top 10 of Milfhouse’s infamous Derby Husband List… However, much like the vacancy in my Biggest Fan department, I am openly accepting applicants for Derby Wife as well. 🙂

Just don’t tell Milfy, or she’ll send you to the penalty box!


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