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 October 2015 Member of the Month was Kernel Panic!


South Side were very lucky to gain the derby knowledge and experience of Kernel Panic this year! When he’s

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Skate! Skate! Skate!

How did you get involved with roller derby?
I was a roadie for the half-time entertainment at the 2009 SRDL SAS vs D’viants Final. After the game, one of the skaters who I knew came up to me and said “hey, you can skate, we need refs!” and I did my first bout 2 months later. The rest is history.

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background?
I grew up doing figure and precision team ice skating. At 15, I switched to inline skates and took to the streets. Other than skating, I pretty much skied and snowboarded in all my spare time.
What’s your Derby name and Number?
KP #89

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
#89 is my Dad’s old racing number. I have it on the number plate of my cars, and used it as a kid whenever I did sportsy things.

A kernel panic is a geeky computer term for a mega crash. You stop and have to start over when you hit a kernel panic. But these days I just run with KP cause I feel derby is beyond the names a little – and I have my family name TRINDER on my Wizards jerseys.

What’s your best derby moment?
Oh so many! The first TGSS in 2010 was made me really get hooked on derby. My first game as a skater in the Nuts and Whips game later that year at The Hordern in front of 2000 people was huge (though I had no idea what I was doing!). Forming SMASH and playing the first Interleague men’s game in Australia. Representing my country on the International stage at the World Cup. Getting the New York Shock Exchange out to Australia and scoring the first SMASH points against them. And then that nail biter win with The Force in the 5×5 Grand Final!

What do you think about when you’re lacing up your skates?
Can I turn this focus into results? It really is a change of gears when you step on the track, and lacing up skates is the perfect way to shift that focus.

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
Not really. I do usually close my eyes for a few moments and really concentrate on breathing. And a good warmup is always important!

What is your signature move?
Side-stance to backwards pass for lead.

Do you have a derby hero or a favourite derby game to watch?
Streak from Magic City is my favourite skater to watch. I want to skate like him.

So many good games over the years. I love re-watching our Wizards vs Wales final from the World Cup. And any time Texas play. But that VRDL vs Gotham game from Champs this year – whoa!

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
Do the Mario! Yes, pretty much the Mario Bros theme song.

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
It’s changed so many aspects. The most specific thing I learned from reffing was quick problem assessment. I always ask:
1. Is it actually a problem?
2. Can I fix it?
If I don’t answer yes to both of those things, acknowledge the issue but play on.
I use that in coaching now, and I use it every day at work and in my personal life too.

Favourite Star Wars character/quote/ movie?

Though more accurately everything that R2-D2 says (just a little rude to quote here!).

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
The lack of politics. The fact that the league is made up of so many different types of people – non-skating members, social members, competitive members. We have so much diversity, and so little conflict. It’s refreshing and amazing. I love that I have a specific job to do, but that job needs to fit in with the needs of the whole league too.

Thanks KP!