Pre­cious mem­o­ries for Fay

The Leader (Nelson) - - WHAT’S ON - * Sirens of Smash vs Otau­tahi Roller Derby League, Nel­son Roller Rink, Tahu­nanui, 7pm, Satur­day. Adults $6, chil­dren $3.

In­spi­ra­tional Sirens of Smash roller derby cap­tain Fay ‘‘Pre­cious’’ McKen­zie is re­tir­ing from the sport.

Af­ter six years with the Sirens, join­ing soon af­ter they were formed and play­ing in their first com­pet­i­tive match, McKen­zie is hang­ing up her skates at the end of the sea­son.

The eco tour guide and ed­u­ca­tor wants to spend more time with her in­creas­ingly ac­tive chil­dren, aged 12 and 9, and also wanted to ‘‘leave on a high’’.

‘‘I have re­ally loved it [roller derby], and I still do, so I wanted to leave while I was still en­joy­ing it,’’ she said.

It’s given ex­tra sig­nif­i­cance to what will be McKen­zie’s last home match against the Otau­tahi Roller Derby League from Christchurch at the Nel­son Roller Rink at Tahunuanui on Satur­day.

McKen­zie will play a key role in the out­come as one of the Sirens’ jam­mers, the play­ers who dodge, weave and smash their way through the op­pos­ing block­ers on the track to score points.

She said one of the joys of the sport was get­ting through the op­pos­ing pack; the tougher the strug­gle, the big­ger the buzz.

McKen­zie said she would miss the ca­ma­raderie and the laughs shared on and off the track by ‘‘a group of re­ally cool women’’.

For now her fo­cus is on Satur­day night against a team ranked slightly higher: ‘‘I want to go out with a bang’’.

Sirens head coach Me­gan ‘‘Femme’’ Turner said McKen­zie brought a pos­i­tive, sup­port­ive spirit to her team­mates, who were ‘‘gut­ted’’ she was re­tir­ing.

‘‘Be­fore ev­ery game, Pre­cious would say ‘I hear a tick­ing’, as in a bomb is about to go off, as words of en­cour­age­ment to our team, and to get every­one amped for the bout.

‘‘I’m sure we now all hear the tick­ing of the sea­son wind­ing down. She’s leav­ing be­hind big skates to fill.’’

McKen­zie will play her last game for the Sirens in Welling­ton on Novem­ber 4. koha. For de­tails con­tact: Kris­tine: kristinerose@xtra.co.nz or Bar­bara: 0279390024

TOAST­MAS­TERS: Im­prove your so­cial con­fi­dence by learn­ing the art and skills of pub­lic speak­ing. There are 4 Toast­mas­ters Clubs in Nel­son and Motueka. Ph June 0220180853neatjun@ya­hoo.co.nz

ALZHEIMERS Nel­son: Founders Park. Who will you walk for? Septem­ber 24th Sun­day 11am. Join us for Nel­son mem­ory walk suitable for all ages and abil­i­ties

PA­TRICK HAMIL­TON/NEL­SON MAIL

Fay ‘‘Pre­cious’’ McKen­zie jam­ming for the Sirens of Smash in 2014.

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