Interview by Sarah Hall
The Sum Times conducted an exclusive interview with one of the streakers who ran, and even managed to kick a goal, at the Reclink Community Cup at Victoria Park on Sunday 25th June, who is now being hunted down by police, and if caught will face a hefty $626 fine. For obvious reasons we have changed his name for the purposes of this interview to ‘James’.
‘James’, what made you run? What was going through your mind on that cold day at the Cup?
When my friends and I saw the first streaker run on the field, we all thought it was great, and it reminded me of a time when I went streaking last year at a local cricket game. My friends started egging me on and I laughed it off but on the inside, I was having a good think about it. Then my friend Ollie looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘you should do it mate’.
Where did you strip? Right there in the stadium?
We were sitting around the front row near the goals. I did it then and there.
How did the crowd respond? And the players?
I can’t speak for everyone in the crowd, but it seemed like most people enjoyed it and were happy to see it. I’ve never had so many people cheer me on, so it was a pretty incredible feeling: being accepted and encouraged by thousands of people you’ve never met before in your life.
Australian Rules Football has a strong streaking culture, do you feel proud to be part of that culture?
What is ‘the message’ of streaking? Do you consider it a political act?
I’ve never really thought of it in that way, to me it is just a bit of fun. I guess that’s the appeal of streaking – not to take everything so seriously, and just to take the piss a little bit. The Community Cup is such a great event because the game itself is just about having fun.
What are your views about public nudity?
I used to get quite shy about it but I think it’s completely fine. We are born naked. I believe if you don’t feel like wearing clothes, you shouldn’t have to.
Given you are now being hunted down by police, are you scared?
I was initially scared when I saw the articles on Channel 9 and Herald Sun, but I think I’m in the clear. But if I got charged I probably wouldn’t get a job in my field and a $626 fine would also suck.
Was the risk worth it? Will you streak again?
I don’t regret doing it at all, and yes, I will streak again.
'James' is the only of the four men who streaked on the day whose identity has not yet been discovered by police. There were women streaking on the day as well, but none of them have been fined or investigated.