Each month, the Men’s Roller Derby Association selects a skater that we believe to be the embodiment of the values we represent and the achievements that we wish to see all of our skaters attain. This skater showcases teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship both on and off the track. We believe that these values are the building blocks for any successful league, team, skater, and person. This month, the MRDA is pleased to announce our choice for Skater of the Month to be: Sweetmeat of the Magic City Misfits.
We were able to ask Sweetmeat some questions about his role in the derby-verse:
League Affiliation: Magic City Misfits
What got you into Roller Derby?
I was introduced to derby through a friend.
What is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
My biggest accomplishment so far in this sport is to have the opportunity to play for a top 10 team.
How do you push yourself to be a better athlete?
Every time I see a new skill it pushes me to do better, to learn and perfect the things that I can’t do.
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
For this upcoming season, my personal goals are to focus on my lead jammer percentage and to focus on my leg strength/endurance.
Who inspires you most?
My juniors back home inspire me the most. I always want to be that skating figure that they look up to.
What do you do outside of derby?
Outside of derby, I’m an insulating contractor for major chemical plant and I do landscaping on the side. I like to ride my motorcycle when I can in the early mornings and late at night.
What song do you listen to to get pumped before a bout?
Basically, any song with a high-tempo gets me pumped for a game, but I already have my mindset right at that point so…
What advice would you give to new skaters?
For any new skaters coming to the sport- keep your head up, find a positive role model, and keep pushing forward. You’re going to have your ups and downs but you got to think- you’re in this sport because you love it not because someone told you to. Or you can let that junior that is friends with your daughter take your spot on the roster, your choice!