From finding a pair of rusty roller skates in a garage, Jayson Sutcliffe went on to become three times world champion in his sport, overcoming trial and hardship, bias and sexual abuse and the untimely death of his beloved brother. Jayson was the first artistic roller skater from Australia to win an individual medal at a Word Championship and went on to make history by becoming the first skater ever to win a world title on both roller and in line skates for figure skating.
From the Author: When my best friend gave me an autobiography as a gift for Christmas, my first thought was, ‘I don’t really read much’. Then, after reading only three chapters, I soon found myself at a desk enthusiastically tapping away on a keyboard, recounting my own life story. Not for a second did I envisage having the work published, it was purely an outlet to find clarity in my life at the time.
Writing provided many answers to unanswered questions I had as a child, and as an adult. The exploration required to document the past is no easy task. In fact, it has been a combination of both, pain and passion, whilst at the same time being overwhelming, and exhilarating. I soon learnt that my life hasn’t been all roses, not at all. Sure, there have been highs, extreme mountain tops in fact, yet there have been considerable lows, lows that have given me guidance and knowledge that only failure can bring.
My involvement in a unique and obscure sport, like artistic roller skating, was never questionable when I first took to wheels. It was a sport, like any other, and extremely popular at the time, it was the 80`s after all. Being different, on the other hand, was questionable. Was I, or wasn’t I different? Who had the answers? And what was so different about me? That was what I was in search of, and about to learn, it was what the sport revealed, a side of me, both my family, and I, had never known or experienced.