Skater bio: I went to watch Sheffield’s first home game and immediately loved the sport. I couldn’t skate, but at the afterparty was persuaded to give reffing a go. Shortly after, a few of us guys set up The Inhuman League, the first men’s team in the north, so I played for a bit, too. I got some great opportunities - particularly playing in the Men’s European Championships - but decided that I needed to improve by focusing on either reffing or playing. I chose refereeing and never looked back. I moved up to York in 2016 and have been made really welcome by the league. I’m keeping busy as a divisional head ref in the British Championships and helping train up the next generation of officials.
Favourite position: Happy anywhere in stripes
Worst injury: Broke my wrist at about my third ever practice - taught me to buy wristguards that fit!
Proudest derby moment: Seeing referees I’ve helped train go out and officiate games themselves.
Started skating: 2010
Song to skate to: Got to be Kick out the Jams by the MC5
Alter ego: PhD student and researcher at the University of York