June’s Featured Skater: Merby Dick
June’s Skater of the Month is a national treasure. At 75, Merby Dick is the oldest roller derby player in the world and the only remaining founding member of the Lane County Concussion. Merby wears the number 70 to indicate the age at which he started playing roller derby. He first tried his hand at roller sports more than half a century ago when he played roller hockey.
This gentle giant, who is often described as a “tall, slender Santa Clause on skates,” was born in 1939 in Spokane, Washington. He and his wife Nancy have four children, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. For Merby, roller derby is a family affair. His daughter, Dropkick Daisy, plays for the Emerald City All-Stars. And his granddaughter Tiny Badness and grandson Juke Skywalker play for the Reservoir Dolls junior team.
Merby is an inspiration throughout the roller derby world. When asked when he will hang up his skates, Merby assures his fans: “I have no intention of quitting in the near future!” He will be at Rollercon in Las Vegas this summer. “Like” the LCC Facebook page to get the latest LCC news and bout information!