Morton #47

Name: Morton

Number: 474

Age: 21 plus 11 years of experience

Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario

What’s the story behind your derby name/derby number? I decided to skate under my real name because growing up playing rugby I never had the option of having my last name on my jersey and it’s pretty cool having my family name on my back while I skate. My derby number is a nod to the year my parents were born (I’m sure they will appreciate being aged like that...).

When did you join roller derby/Renegade Derby Dames? Why? I started playing derby in 2012 at Toronto Roller Derby. Due to my nine month injury in 2017/2018 I moved out of the city and now live in Barrie and I’m returning to skating in 2018 with RDD.

What’s the best thing about roller derby? The hits. The community. The physical and mental/strategic challenge. Definitely NOT endurance laps and gear funk.

Why do you keep playing? Roller derby has been such a big part of my life since starting the sport. When you add up the hours I have spent more time with teammates, training, and traveling for games than anything else. I have, like anyone else that plays derby, put so much energy into the sport that I can’t imagine life without it.

What is your derby goal/dream? To see roller derby become an extracurricular sport in schools.

Favourite derby moment? Playing Gotham roller derby’s Wall Street traitors, hitting Jackie Daniels at a boot camp and living to tell the tale, skating at the Masonic temple in Detroit, seeing myself on city tv sports reel and watching skaters that I helped train and mentor turn into amazing roller derby athletes .