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An addiction for Mya Diction

Lee Windsor, or Mya Diction as she is known in the roller derby world, fell in love with the sport right from the get go. - Russ Desaulniers
Lee Windsor, or Mya Diction as she is known in the roller derby world, fell in love with the sport right from the get go.
— image credit: Russ Desaulniers

The name says it all: Mya Diction.

“We put a lot of time and effort into choosing our names,” says Lee Windsor, aka Mya Diction.

“Names are really personal and you tend to take on certain characteristics; it becomes your alter ego.

“(And) people tend to pick names that really suit their personalities.”

And for Windsor, roller derby really has become a central part of her life.

“It was just the fact that three months in, I was totally in love with my sport,” she said. “It became my addiction.”

The contact sport sees two teams of five members each skating in the same direction around a track. The games consist of a series of short match-ups, or jams, in which both teams designate a scoring player, or jammer, who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer.

Up until six years ago, when she moved to Langley, Windsor knew little about the sport.

“I had never actually seen roller derby, but had heard about it,” she explained.

A friend of hers got her to come out and watch a roller derby competition, and Windsor was intrigued.

By the third time she had gone out as a spectator, she told herself this was something she could do.

It prompted her to purchase a pair of skates — she hadn’t been on roller skates since she was a child — and read up on the sport.

And while Windsor never played organized sports growing up, she has always been naturally athletic, including completing her first Ironman Canada race nine years ago.

She is hooked on the sport, big time.

“Go big or go home; I just can’t take anything part way,” she said. “I have to go in with both feet.”

Over the years, Windsor has been on a variety of teams, including the Reign Valley Vixens, the Anarchy Angels, the Mainland Misfits, and now is the captain of her current, team, the Free Agents Roller Derby Team.

“One of the things that really drew me to the sport was on the track, the people play as hard as they can, they hit as hard as they can,” Windsor said. “They want to win.”

“Off the track, people get along. You go and play hard in this physically-challenging, maybe violent sport, and then off the track, you are excited about going out and hanging out with these people and getting to know them a lot better.”

Like any sport, there are injuries, but Windsor says the adrenalin usually masks any pain.

“You pretty much block everything out,” she explained.

“You get off the track (between jams) and are focusing on what just happened.”

As for away from the rink, Windsor — who turns 42 later this month — describes herself as more of a career woman than a soccer mom.

Windsor works as the builder administration manager for Trail Appliances in Langley and has two daughters: 18-year-old Ashley and 11-year-old Amanda.

Ashley is one of the top cross-country runners for her age group in Canada and is currently attending California Polytechnic State University on scholarship to run for the Mustangs.

Amanda is occupied with running and karate.

Windsor has no problems trading her business suit for her roller derby attire, which includes fishnet stockings and leg warmers.

And while some may be surprised by her extracurricular activities, Windsor says once they get to know her, they know it suits her personality, which she describes as free spirited, fun and loyal.

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Windsor will be taking part in the first annual roller derby skills competition on Saturday (Dec. 15) at the Ag-Rec Building at Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park. The competition runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Teams of four skaters will compete in a variety of roller derby skill events.

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