How I got into derby:
I’ve been watching derby bouts since 2007, but being a guy I couldn’t join in the game as a player unless I wanted to ref, but being a ref looked insanely difficult! So I didn’t get up on skates for a few years. Then in May 2010 I decided to go and buy some skates to see if I was any good. In June 2011 I got a call out of the blue from one of my friends asking me if I wanted to play roller derby – my mind exploded because it’s traditionally a women’s sport, so when she told me they were starting up a co-ed league I put on my skates and jumped in with 8 wheels rolling!
Powerjams, spinning, and curry, and confusing the Reggies with mind shiny things.
Push-ups, douche bags, and Parmesan cheese.
Skate set up:
I put some kangaroo leather football boots onto some crazy plates with Fugitive 92A wheels, and they’re awesome.
In front of the opposing jammer
Barrelhouse Bessy is my original inspiration, she blocked like a boss and jammed even harder. Her most awesome move was taking a hip whip off one of her teammates and she pulled them so hard they went flying to the ground!
What gets me fired up on the track:
An agile opposing jammer. So much fun to block them!
I got a scratch once.
Tattooed or Cleanskin:
Voted most likely to:
Break out into dance on the track. Usually synchronised.
What derby means to me:
Derby grows a community as well as a sport, it is accepting of people with a huge variety of backgrounds and experiences. I am continuously inspired by the love between opposing teams – this is the sport for me!
Greatest derby moment:
Playing for the Wizards of Aus in England in the first Men’s Roller Derby World Cup – March 2014.