This month in Skater Spotlight we catch up with the (wo)man and legend that is Fackelman! Originally from the U.S. of A, this diminutive all-rounder is living proof that you don’t have to be giant (or moustachioed) to be an A-grade derby player.
That’s a nice accent. Where are you from?
I’m originally from the bustling Midwestern city of Toledo, Ohio where my family has lived for more than three generations. Although, they say I sound like I’m English so the origin of my accent is still up for debate.
How long have you been skating?
We’re approaching my second derbyversary this Spring!
What’s your pre-bout preparation ritual, if you have one?
I typically like to start bout day by listening to Salt n Pepa full blast and sharing a bag of Skittles with Cardinal Sim.
What do you do when you’re not skating?
During the weekday I am a legal professional in the City. I spend my evenings watching WFTD TV archives, relacing my skates and hunting down the next bootcamp, latest exercise fad or paleo recipe.
Do you like jamming or blocking more?
I enjoy roller derby. I like the adrenaline of jamming and I’m a big fan of the fight. However, I’ve been working a lot on my blocking and will continue to focus on improving my skills in both positions.
Do you have a party trick?
I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.
Is it true you once high-kicked a girl’s face clean off her head?
I’m from the School of Hardknocks. This is a right of passage where I come from.
Which skater inspires you most and why?
There are so many. President Garfield has always been a big inspiration. Her skating style is unusual and it’s amazing to watch her footwork. I have a big fat derby crush on pretty much the whole of Riot Squad. I also swoon for Kid Block, Kamikaze Kitten and Feta Sleaze just to name a few. Pretty much any woman that has had the fortitude to strap on skates and give 100% in this sport is a hero.
What’s your personal motto?
‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.’ -Mark Twain
Bust a myth about roller derby!
People outside of derby often think it’s a sport for giant, intimidating women and they wouldn’t be wrong. However, roller derby is also a sport for short women, tall women, thin women, women with children, women with moustaches, women with or without cats, women with big feet, small bums, large bums, women with no teeth, women with guts and determination and courage and grit and heart. Oh yeah, and sometimes it’s for men too.