Part of the mighty undefeated Team Zebra, our latest skater spotlight shines on Cin-Switch!
How many years have you been skating?
It will be 3 years in November.
How did you get involved in roller derby?
My employer at the time was Aunty Aggro from CRDL, and she got me into it.
What is your favourite position?
Inside Pack Ref.
What was your best “lightbulb” moment?
When I was learning to do cross overs. I was just cruising around the track and thinking about something else and all of a sudden I realized that I could feel my kneepad on the back of the other knee, and was super excited because I’d never been able to get my legs to cross over enough before!
Do you have a pre-bout routine?
Just, y’know, whatever I feel like at the time.
Do you have a favourite song to get amped pre-bout?
Not really; I like to listen to whatever the DJ is playing.
What was your favourite bout moment?
Would have been one of our League Scrimmages, when we had first become a co-ed league. I was a Jam Ref, trying to keep up with my jammer, and one of the male skaters, AstroBoyd I think, was knocked off the track towards the inside, straight at me! My immediate reaction was to put my hands out, grab him, and I basically just chucked him backwards and kept going. Was kinda hilarious when I thought about it afterwards. Good thing I’m not a player or that would have gotten me in trouble!!
How did you choose your derby name?
I was trying to come up with something suitably tough sounding, but Aunty Aggro and Isabelligerant from CRDL laughed at my short list, mostly because I’m not that tough a person, so everything I picked just sounded silly for me. I ended up picking ‘Cinnamon Switchblade’ being as Cinnamon is my favourite spice and switchblades sound tough. But, I figured I needed something shorter, and so I abbreviated it to ‘Cin-Switch’
What skate set-up do you have/Do you have any gear recommendations?
I would recommend Nutcase helmets, absolutely. They have more layers of protective goodness in them and so look bulkier on your head, but they’re comfy. I’d still be wearing one if they made them in the colour I had wanted!!
What is one piece of advice you would give a freshie?
If you feel as though you’re not improving, don’t get discouraged. Sometimes it takes a long time to get something set in your head, depending on how many risks you’re willing to let your body take. If you need to do the bootcamp two or three times, that’s fine. It took a year and a half for me to get my White Star, so if you don’t get yours in 8 weeks, that’s okay. <3
Did you play sport before derby?
Who are your derby heroes and why?
Game Over and Bonedancer, because they’re both really experienced lady refs, that I think Australian Roller Derby needs!
How would you sum up your derby playing style in three words?
“Oi! You! Bad!” (I mess up people’s numbers aaaaaaall the time!)
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