Featuring Molly Millions from Saint John Roller Derby
This weeks Derby Girl is Nadine Richard otherwise know as Molly Millions. Nadine took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions, pose for some photos and introduce me to some of her furry animal friends.
Alicia: What do you do with your time off the track?
Molly: I’m currently finishing up my BSc.[Bachelors of Science] in marine biology at the University of New Brunswick so that keeps me pretty busy. I also work at the Saint John Animal Hospital. But the Cherry Brook Zoo has my heart. I’m a seasonal zookeeper and head of the Animal Enrichment Group.
Alicia: Before Derby did you have any skating experience?
Molly: I grew up in Grand Bay on the river so occasionally we would do a little ice-skating, but aside from that, no!
Alicia:What drew you to roller derby?
Molly: I was living with a former teammate H2OH-NO! at the time and she invited me to see one of her bouts. I sat in the front row in the suicide seating and was in total awe the whole time. I love how empowering it was and the atmosphere was totally unique. OH-NO let me try on her skates and started to teach me… I think I literally bought my own gear the very next day.
Alicia: What teams have you played for?
Molly: I played for the Razor Girls the last two years and was fortunate enough to make the Sirens my rookie year so I’m currently entering my third season with them
Alicia:What is your favorite position to play on the track?
Molly: I’ve been drawn to jamming since day one and it’s what I’ve been able to stick to. But I love blocking too!
Alicia:How did you pick your derby name?
Molly: Again, credited to OH-NO as she chose the name for me. Molly Millions is a reoccurring character in a series of books and she is often referred to as a Razor Girl, which is where the team drew their inspiration for their name. When started, I really wanted to be on the Razor Girls. The first game I ever saw was Razor Girls vs. Scarlet Swarm and I think the Razor Girls ended up loosing but I just really liked their vibe. So when I eventually made the team, I become Molly Millions! My heart belongs to the Shipyard Sirens now, but my derby name is a little piece of where I started.
Alicia:Do you have a favorite team to compete against?
Molly: I really like playing teams we haven’t played before and this coming season is going to be really reflective of that. Since the league has restructured, the Sirens will be playing teams from further away, the new challenge is really exciting!
Alicia:Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans?
Molly: Thanks for all the love! I would say my biggest fan is probably my father (who refers to himself as “Daddy Millions” and only calls me “Molly”). He rarely misses a game and he’s such a big supporter of the team and the sport. My mother passed away recently and she loved the game. I miss seeing her in the stands… but seeing my father cheering his head off anytime I step on the jam line and put the star on… It’s such a feeling of accomplishment, regardless of the outcome of that particular jam. His presence, smiles and ‘thumbs up’s always remind me mom is on the jam line with me too.
Alicia: Why should those who have never seen a bout come out to watch the Sirens play?
Molly: It’s unlike anything you have ever experienced before! One of my favorite things about derby is the unorthodox atmosphere; the vibe can be so odd… it’s fabulous! The Sirens also bring a unique presence to a bout. We honestly all love the game our passion really comes out on the track. I have so much love for my teammates; we spend a lot of time practicing to get it right. It’s odd how well we can read each other, just a light hand on a teammates hips and I could tell you exactly what she’s up to on the track and probably have a good guess at what she’s about to do. It’s a bond that you can’t understand or explain… But you can witness it, so come see a game! Hopefully you’ll get the sense of empowerment I felt the first time I saw a bout. We have a lot of talented skates with a lot of tricks up their sleeves; some of the footwork and hits are really outstanding and impressive.
Thank you Molly Millions for allowing me to spend some time with you and your furry friends and for letting us know a little more about player 106 of the Shipyard Sirens.