Feb 2016 09

Every month South Side Derby Dolls votes for our Member of the Month.

Member of the Month honours our volunteers for their hard work, commitment and general awesomeness.

Our August 2015 Member of the Month was Googz!


Between building derby tracks for us to play on, being the loudest voice in our cheer squad, The Rebel Alliance, at every event and looking after trackside skate repairs at training, Googz is one of the hardest working members of S2D2, and we wouldn’t be nearly as awesome or organized without him!

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Wheely, addictive, family.

How did you get involved with roller derby?
My better half, Slamstein, started derbying in 2011, and I was that bloke on the sidelines with a 6 month old in a stroller. I got put to work helping at bouts and training occasionally, then we managed to help start a league of our own, S2.

What is your pre-derby sports or skating background?
I skated as a kid, but don’t now. I sportsed as a kid too, none of which I was terribly interested in (or good at).

What’s your Derby name and Number?
Googz 700L

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
I’ve had my nickname for 18 years now, since the first few weeks of high school. It’s a story better told in person, including accents and dramatic gesturing.

My number, 700L, because I’m a tool!

What’s your best derby moment?
It’s hard to pick just one. Topping the list would have to be watching Slam progress over the years and the moment I saw a permanent, painted track down in our training venue (and said goodbye to bulk bought masking tape!).

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
Pre-bout I normally think about laying a track.
Who coiled the rope like this?
Have we got enough tape?
I might need to see a chiro after this…

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
Bill S. Preston: “Be excellent to each other!”

Favourite Star Wars character, quote or movie?
“Mmmm yub yub”
– Wicket

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
It’s a family. I walk in holding hands with a 5 year old and she runs to any number of her aunties for hugs.

Thanks Googz!