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2013 British Columbia roller derby all-star team MVP: Kim Janna

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Terminal City's Kim Janna has claimed the 2013 Most Valuable Player award for British Columbia. She not only finished 1st in the all-star voting (by one vote over Kim "8 Mean Wheeler" MacKenzie), but she also won the MVP race by one vote over Mala Justed. Here is what some of the voters had to say about her...

"I've known Kim for over a decade now. She only started skating a few years ago when she moved to Vancouver. Let's just say that she quickly got the Roller Derby bug. The girls, the community, the coaches, the league... She was suddenly part of a second family, a new tribe. Through the years, she got better and better. And as she was getting better, she was also getting stronger. Her physical strength transformed into an unbelievable and unshakable self-confidence. It's beautiful thing to see someone transform in front of your eyes. Kim is the kind of person who is so determined that she will practice until it's perfect. She doesn't let anything bring her down. And if she gets knocked down, she always gets back up. I've seen more courage in Kim than I've ever seen in anyone, and I think Derby played a huge part in that. She is now MVP, and I am sure she will continue to work hard until she becomes the best player on the planet. Whether she succeeds or not is not important, because she will have given all her energy, sweat and heart to the game and that's what a champion does. One of her tattoos says "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger". Well, Kim is a total killer on skates and Derby just makes her stronger." - Anik

"She is smoking hot and amazing on her skates. She is also a huge inspiration and an incredible athlete." - RiannaConda

"Kim defies gravity. She is poetry in motion. If she were a spokes person for anything, I would buy it." - Anonymous

"Janna is driven to be the best derby player she can possibly be. She works through drills over and over again until she perfects them. Not only is Janna a super agile jammer, she also is determined to hold her own in the pack." - Scarlett Bloodbath

"What do I love about Kim Janna? I love that she didn't grow up skating. I love that, according to her, the only reason the Bad Reps drafted her in her first year was because she could tell funny jokes, even if she couldn't skate. Her determination to train is downright inspirational and speaks to the beauty of roller derby, that those of us with minimal athletic background can become great skaters if we choose to. Beyond her amazing demonstration of footwork, toe stop running, and heart on the track, Janna is my MVP because she is an ambassador for the sport. She makes time to mentor newer skaters -- something that I have personally benefited from. Not only does Janna's level of commitment inspire me, her mentorship makes me believe that it's possible for me to someday be as strong as she is on the track. That is what separates her from so many other skaters: she doesn't just improve her skills, she helps other skaters reach their potential thereby improving the sport as a whole." - Francesca Fiure

"She has continued to progress as a skater in all areas and exudes the determination and focus that continues to inspire me as a skater." - Evada Peron

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