Featuring Debee Lee Downer from Saint John Roller Derby

 The next lovely lady that I would like to introduce you to is Debee Lee Downer.  I had a great time photographing her at her country home on the Kingston Peninsula.

Derby, Hammock, Skates, Fog City Rollers, Debee Lee Downer

Alicia: Tell me a bit about yourself. What to do you do with your time when you are not in skates.

Debee: Most of the time when I am off skates, I am working at my convenience store on the Kingston Peninsula. Other than that, I love to be at home, hanging outside near the water or by the fire,  I love nature. Oh and of course, hanging out with my kitties!

Debee Lee Downer, Kitties, Cat, Cuddle Time, Fog City Rollers

Alicia: Before joining the Saint John league what previous skating or derby experience did you have.

Debee: Before I joined Fog City Rollers, I had played in Barrie, Ontario for the South Simcoe Rebel Rollers(SSRR). I am actually one of the founding members!  But before that, I played ringette from age 5-15, then played hockey for 1 year. So That is mainly how I learned how to skate I found when switching to roller skates, it felt natural.

Alicia: What teams have you played for?

Debee: As mentioned above I played for the South Simcoe Rebel Rollers (SSRR) in Barrie, then here in Saint John I have played for the Razor girls and the Shipyard Sirens.

Alicia: What drew you to roller derby and what is your favorite thing about it?

Debee: Not just the game, but the community within the sport of roller derby. There isn’t anything like it really. No matter where you go, or who you play for, I get the same vibes that anyone is welcome no matter what. The love is there. I am truly lucky to have come across this sport. I don’t know what I would do without it!

Fog City Rollers, Debee Lee Downer

 

Alicia: What position do you like to play most?

Debee: I am mainly a Jammer, but I have been practicing on my blocking a lot this season. I never thought I would like blocking for some reason. When I started derby, I just wanted to skate…and fast ha ha. I just never felt comfortable being a blocker, because it was out of my comfort zone. I am so happy that I decided to work on my blocking though, because I have come to realize I LOVE it.

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Alicia: How did you pick your derby name?

Debee: Well… My first name is Deborah, and middle name is Lee. Just one day, I was driving, trying to think of a name, then I tried to think of how I could incorporate my actual name in the mix. So the saying “stop being such a Debbie Downer” came to mind. so, I thought to myself, My derby name will be Debee Lee Downer! My coach at the time had suggested my name should be Lee Majors because I almost fouled out in my first-ever derby game, ha ha, but, I didn’t want to have the reputation, so I thought of Debee Lee Downer, and it stuck.

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Alicia: Do you have a favourite team to compete against? Why?

Debee: So far from who I have played, within our region, Moncton Lumbersmacks is my personal biggest competition. I always have fun playing against them because they are a challenge. They always bring their A-game. It is also always a great game for the fans when Sirens play Lumbersmacks, we all keep our fans on the edge of their seats. I am really looking forward to playing them next weekend!

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Alicia: Is there anything that you would like your fans to know about you?

Debee: I want my fans to know how much I appreciate the support from every single one of ya’s. Derby wouldn’t be what it is without all of you. For that, I say Thank-you

Alicia: If you could say something about roller derby to the people of Saint John what would it be?

Debee: I say if the sport is for you, join. You never know until you give it a shot . It will change your life in so many amazing ways, I know it has changed mine for the better. Not only do I have an opportunity to stay in shape and feel healthy, I have the chance to be apart of another family who I love dearly. And if it’s not for you, you should still come to a game and check it out!  You wont be disappointed

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Thank you Debee for taking the time to allow me to photograph you on your amazing country property and for us to learn a bit more about # 4211 of the Shipyard Sirens.

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