Men's roller derby skater CopterNot only a Carnage man and a Smackademic, but a Wizard of Oz too, our skater spotlight lights up the one and only Copter!

What’s your name?

Copter


How many years have you been skating? 

4


How did you get involved in roller derby?

I started with VDL as a ref, then took up playing when I moved to Brisbane.


What is your favourite position?

On the track.


What was your best “lightbulb” moment?

Dealing with Team Argentina’s jammers and being told: don’t do anything until you have to.


Do you have a pre-bout routine? 

Lots of food, sun salutations and then some laps listening to music.


Do you have a favourite song to get amped pre-bout?

Dance Remix of Wrecking Ball.


What was your favourite bout moment?

I just love playing! Every moment I’m on the track is my favourite.


How did you choose your derby name?

There a multiple origin stories: one of them is true.


What skate set-up do you have/Do you have any gear recommendations?

Gear is an investment, not a cost.


What is one piece of advice you would give a freshie?

Hit the gym. This game is for strong people.


Did you play sport before derby?

I played Bridge competitively.


Who are your derby heroes and why? 

Fuzz (Team Australia, Uinta Madness). Unmatched skills, top derby brain, amazing on-track and off-track leadership.


How would you sum up your derby playing style in three words?

Slow. Strong. Together. (if we’re doing it right)