We are proud to announce our March Misfit of the Month: Fawndle!
The Misfit of the Month series features the stories and experiences of some of the most diverse and remarkable athletes from our league. The interviews focus on goal setting, facing adversity, and aspects of their personal derby careers.
Our first ever Misfit of the Month, Fawndle, is a captain for the Mainland Misfits Anarchy Angels. She also plays for S.S. Rodeo (home of Canada’s only banked track) and is the Team Manager for Team Canada (Women’s). She is a tremendous blocker and even has a name just for her ass! Fawndle has faced many adversities in her derby career but has always persevered. She has some great insight on how she has improved her own derby game as well as advice on how to improve yours.
Fawndle has always been an athlete, from dancing in her youth to playing fastball for 9 years. She has been playing derby for 7 years and is consistently working hard and improving.
Fawndle has a background in business but is currently in school to become a nurse and her long-term goal is to complete her neonatal specialty.
What go you started in derby?
When I graduated and stopped dancing, I felt lost. I needed to find something that I was as passionate about. I tried everything from kickboxing to photography, but nothing stuck. When a friend suggested I try derby, I knew right away it would be what I was looking for. Its aggressive, high intensity, and has the team comradely I was looking for, plus I got to do it wearing bright red lipstick.
What is your biggest accomplishment in roller derby?
I have a few:
Making the Angels and being voted in as Admin Captain
Being awarded MVP Blocker for my first Angels game against E-Ville
Becoming Team Canada team manager
Making the Death Stars and playing with them at The Great Southern Slam
Everything SS Rodeo. We have the only banked track in Canada and it has been an amazing adventure. Everything we do together has been a unique, challenging magical experience.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Mental Training. Visualizing myself being successful helps me play better.
What would be your ultimate achievement?
To jam in an Angels game. My goal is to also break into the top ten positions in the roster within the next 6 months.
How do you set your goals?
I’m just starting to journal. I’m setting my goals using the ‘SMART’ method and reflecting on them daily so I can stay on track. I am also asking my closest friends to encourage and motivate me so I stay accountable.
What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
I’m sooooo busy with work, University, Team Canada, rally, and derby that sometimes I get bogged down. I am trying to prioritize and hone my time management skills better so I can manage all my responsibilities to the best of my ability.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
Get lower. I know this isn’t rocket science, but Luludemon told me once to get low and when you think you’re low enough, get 4 inches lower. Something so silly changed derby for me completely.
Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
Be better than you were yesterday.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My team. They are such an inspiring group of skaters and the never cease to amaze me. They push me to be better everyday.
Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, coaches) or advice for new players?
Wear your skates everywhere you can. Clean your house in skates, skate outdoors often and hit the skate park if you can! The faster you feel so comfortable on skates that you don’t have to think about it, the faster you will hit your goals.
Anything else you would like to share?