Rolaboi, Renegade Skater

Jayson Sutcliffe

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GENRE

BIOGRAPHICAL

    Core Theme

    INTERNAL JOURNEY, COMPETITION, SPORTS

    TIME PERIOD

    1980s & '90s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    MIGHTY DUCKS, I TONYA, WHIP IT

    CHARACTER LIST

    JAYSON SUTCLIFFE: 15 TO 35. LEAD. AUSTRALIAN. ROLLER SKATING CHAMPION. ADVENTUROUS. OUTSPOKEN.
    MARK LIND: 40. COACH. VILLAINOUS. MANIPULATIVE.
    CHARMAINE: 35. BEST FRIEND. FUNNY. SUPPORTIVE.

    Logline

    From finding a pair of rusty roller skates in a garage, Jayson Sutcliffe went on to become four times world champion in his sport.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Australia, USA, Europe, South America

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Zeus Publications

    Year Published: 2004

    Starting Description

    In the beginning, we discover a young boy who has a desire to become a ballet dancer, but his overbearing siblings 'persuade' him it's not a 'boy thing'. Soon after, he follows his sister to a roller-skating rink and is scouted by a resident coach, Lynda, and within moments, he has a new dream.

    Ending Description

    Jayson becomes the first and only male Australian to win a world title for figure skating, against all the odds.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    1921005017

    Mature Audience Themes

    Nudity, Sexual Abuse,Sexual Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Quest,,Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Jayson Sutcliffe

    Age: 20

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Skillful, Underdog, Adventurous, Aspiring, Badass, Outspoken,Aspiring,Confident,Engaging,Gracious,Insecure,Underdog,Sarcastic,Visionary,Selfless,Modest,Masculine

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Mark, a manipulative master who entered Jayson's life at a young age and groomed him not only to be a champion, but also stole his innocence.

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Educated, Manipulative, Outspoken, Selfless, Villainous, Aggressive, Blunt, Crazy,Aggressive,Criminal,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Seductive,Outspoken,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Funny

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Beverley is Jayson's mother. She devoted her life to her children, but more so to Jayson. When her health was at its worst, it was his sport that gave her a new lease on life and she become a driving force to his success. Having lived a hard and sad life, losing two children and her first husband, she has suffered enormously.

    Age: 50

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Beautiful, Empathetic, Faithful, Honorable,Charming,Empathetic,Insecure

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Charmaine became Jayson's coach later in life. She is a strong, independent woman who is an incredible role model. She is unwilling to conform with normality and believes sport should be about the personal experience and satisfaction, not what judges think, even though her skaters became world champions.

    Age: 35

    Gender: Female

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Educated, Funny, Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Badass, Beautiful, Confident, Engaging, Leader,Badass,Confident,Engaging,Educated,Leader,Seductive,Visionary,Sexy

    Brief

    After finding a pair of rusty roller skates in a garage, Australian Jayson Sutcliffe went on to become four times world champion in the sport .

    What We Liked

    ● Based on a true story.
    ● Charismatic lead character.
    ● Roller skating is a relatively unexplored sport.
    ● Set in the 1980s Australia, with a glorious retro vibe.
    ● Spans over more than two decades, allowing for both short and long term
    storytelling.
    ● Sexual coming-of-age, as Jayson eventually embraces his relationships with
    men.
    ● Grief and loss in Jayson’s family punctuated by the thrill of competition.

    Synopsis

    Melbourne, Australia, early 80’s. 15-year-old Jayson Sutcliffe takes up roller skating
    as a hobby and gets hooked. A natural talent, he starts to train with the best teams
    in the country and joins the international competition circuit. His first medal comes
    in 1990, and it looks like the sky's the limit for Jayson. Tragedy, however, strikes at
    home as his brother kills himself.
    Devastated, Jayson decides to use his grief as strength to endure. He soon earns a
    second silver medal, which he dedicates to his brother. His victory opens the door
    to the media. Jayson appears on national television alongside actress Melissa
    George, to promote roller skating. He gives performances in “Priscilla: Queen Of
    The Desert”, “Phantom Of The Opera” and “Dracula”. A trip to a competition in
    Colombia grants him not just one, but two gold medals in 1995. He is now the
    world champion.
    But Jayson has yet to make peace with his homosexuality. He falls in love with
    Brad and decides to settle down. It is not enough, and Jayson gives it all up to start
    competing again, this time learning inline skating. With heavy training against all
    odds, Jayson receives a gold medal in the world championships in Germany, once
    again proving himself to be the best roller skater in the world.

    About The Author

    Jayson Sutcliffe is a former world champion roller skater from Australia. He currently runs his own skating rink and club at SK8HOUSE.