Femme Fatale

navykim_02bAs part of a new series of player interviews, PaintballNews.Asia went in search of Asians playing abroad to give us some insights about playing on the other side of the globe. We came across Navy Kim via Catshack Reports and asked her if she’d like to answer some questions for us.

Name: Navy Kim
Age: It's not polite to ask a lady her age! :p
Location: Toronto, Ontario - Canada
Current Team/s: Montreal FX & Femmes Fatale
Past Team/s: Miss Stress Canada, Semper Fi

Q. Navy Kim. Ok I have to ask about your name - is there any interesting story behind the name 'Navy'?
It's a long story... but to make a long story short, I was actually ‘re-named’ multiple times. Shortly after birth, I fell really ill and my mother said she called on the monks to "re-name" me to chase the evil away. A couple of years later, my family immigrated to Canada and my dad decided to give me yet a new name... my then given name was never pronounced correctly from which "Navy" was born.

Q. You're of Asian decent - which part of Asia?
I was born in Thailand although I am a mix of Cambodian, Laos and Thai.

Q. How long have you been playing paintball and how did you get started?
I've been playing competitive speedball for about 3 years now. I started (as most have) by playing woodsball/recball with a group of co-workers. To be honest, I was absolutely petrified the first time I played. It felt like I was in a war. I was appointed to guard the back field while the guys made their move up to enemy lines and soon enough I was left alone to fend for myself. I was so scared I called myself out so I could go back to base camp... lol. So, I went back a few years later with some friends and I knew I was hooked when we played a game of hyper ball. This was nothing like playing in the bushes. The rush was that much more intense and I just had an amazing time.

Q. Have you always been into sports? Do you play any other sport?
I like to snowboard in the winter but with paintball taking so much of my time and money; it's hard to find a good weekend to keep aside to do other things. In the summer, I also like camping, fishing or renting a cottage by a lake with a group of friends to enjoy a long weekend away from the city.

Q. When did you decide to get more serious about paintball?
I was watching a DerDer video and saw a short clip on Femmes Fatale*. I remember telling my boyfriend that one day, I would be playing on that team. A couple of years after, I met the Femmes Fatale's coach at a local field who told me he was interested in seeing me play and possibly call me out for a tryout. I wasn't sure if he was kidding but from that moment on, I started playing tournaments with my boyfriend's team to gain some experience and that following winter, Marc invited me to play with his local team - Miss Stress Canada. We played an entire season of Xball, winning second place having been squeezed out of first place by a hair.

Q. What do your girlfriends think of you playing paintball?
I don't have many girlfriends to tell you the truth but the women/girls in my life are shocked when I tell them that I play paintball. Apparently, I don't fit the profile and they can't picture me playing such a hardcore sport. I guess I always have the welts to prove that I do play.

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