Meet your 2017 NHRD All-Star Coaches – Game Overies

Meet your 2017 NHRD All-Star Coaches – Game Overies

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We present to you the All-Star leadership

team for the 2017 season!

Interested in joining the NHRD All-Stars? Awesome! Here is one of the  people you will be working with, Ovie!

Game Ovaries
© Paul Erhardt 2016

Coaching/Skating Rookie year: 2012
Teams you’ve skated on/coached: Skated for the Seabrook Meltdowns, Queen City Cherry Bombs, Skate Free or Die All Stars
Best skill on or off skates: Making awesome faces, that’s on and off skates.
Secret Weapon: Butt punch, when my timing is right
Theme Song: “St. Elmo’s Fire” by John Parr

How did you get involved with derby?
I watched Whip It, how cliché of me. After watching the movie, I researched local roller derby leagues and came across New Hampshire Roller Derby League. The rest is history.

Tell me the 3 best things about you
I can only list three? Oh jeez..
1. Always looking to try new things
2. I’m nice to people even if they aren’t nice 🙂
3. I don’t give up, I don’t quit things

© Phantom Photographics
© Phantom Photographics

What do you love most about derby?
The challenge of it all. The physical and emotional challenges are what keeps me going. Derby has boosted my self-confidence, broke me out of my shell in more ways more than one.

What is your background with coaching?
I’ve been out of the derby loop for a little while but now back into the swing of things, so I’m just trying to get my skate legs back. I was voted skater-coach for the All-Stars for the 2017 season and couldn’t be any more excited about this opportunity! I was a co-captain of the Seabrook Meltdowns in 2013 so I feel like I have a tiny bit with coaching derby. By day, I’m a manager who has to be constantly training and coaching in the moment. I find that my managerial experience will help me in certain situations derby-wise.

What made you want to get involved with coaching?
Dottie Danger. I’ve gotten really close with Dottie during our trip to Tampa for the Franky Panky tournament. We talked a lot about derby and where we see one another for the 2017 derby season. Her coming to NHRD and having big & great ideas really struck something in me!

How have you grown as a skater?
Well.. I didn’t know even how to skate when I tried out in 2011. I was basically Bambi on skates. I stuck with it, though, I would come to every league practice to get skate time in and balanced that out with NSOing with the ref crew. I tried out in 2012 and made it as a skater! I remember my first two home team bouts… I was literally peeled off the track each bout. I learned how to be on and STAY on my skates! I was asked to try out for the B team and then at the end of the 2012 season was invited to skate with the A team. I tried out for the 2013 and made it. I worked myself up from not being rostered to sitting with the jammers at the big girl bench. I have a lot to do for the 2017 season, though! More work to do!

How have you grown as a mentor?
I wouldn’t consider myself a mentor… Ask me after the 2017 season, haha!

© Michael Hanson

How have you overcome difficult skills?
Time on my skates and being coached. The help I’ve received from teammates and the amazing coaches have definitely helped me on skills. Most importantly, being positive and believing in yourself.

What is your long term goal?
To always be improving!

What 3 goals do you want to achieve within the next 3 months?
1. Nail hockey stops!
2. Be a jammer who actually scores points
3. Eat 100 hotdogs in one sitting

What are you good at?
None derby wise… I have a scary-accurate facial recognition. I should probably be working for the FBI.

What do you like to do outside of derby?
I’ve really gotten into the running scene. I have competed in many races, both road and trail. Outside of the active world, I really enjoy spending time with friends & family. I would like and plan on traveling more!

If you had an extra hour a day, what would you do with it?

What was your most fun derby related experience?
I really cannot choose one. I loved the traveling with the team the best. Going new places and playing new teams.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome?
The year of 2016.

What kind of advice would you give someone interested in trying out?
Don’t ever be/get discouraged! Keep going!

How has your coaching skills developed each year that passes?
Again, ask me after 2017 🙂

©2013 Tyler Shaw

Best memory of your time with NHRD?
Too many memories to name…
– Getting lead jammer over Claire D. Way at Gotham’s crash pad
– First time I did something right one my skates and Carol smiled at me
-Winning MVP with Dottie for the MVP mash up team bout in the Franky Panky tournament
-Seeing V-Diva’s boob at D1

What is the experience you are looking to create?
A fun 2017 season!

What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
The NYC Skate Marathon. Woof, all up hill for 8 loops. It was an amazing experience and the biggest obstacle I tackled.

What are your pet peeve(s)?
When people leave their blinkers on.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

What are you most looking forward to for the 2017 season?
Restructuring the All Stars. We have great captains and great coaches! I’m excited to see what the year has in store!

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