Pirate Profile: Batman

Fresh from crime-crushing activities in Gotham City, this week’s Pirate Profile puts the spotlight (or bat signal) on our very own (na-na na-na na-na na-naBATMAN!

STATS

Derby name: Batman

Muggle name: Britt

Derby number: 228

Role: Pool skater

No. years involved in derby: 1.5 years

 

THE LOW-DOWN

What’s your roller derby backstory?

I was working in a camp in america and we took the kids skating at a roller skating rink. I loved it, couldn’t stop, and my next thought was I should join derby. 6 months later, I went to an open skate, then got involved with fresh meat, and the rest is history.

 

How did you come to choose your derby name and number?

My derby name choose me – or was more given to me on the open day skate from wearing a batman singlet. It stuck – it felt fitting and right.  228 when going off the keypad spelt ‘bat’, so that worked.

 

How do you spend your time outside of roller derby?

Thinking about the next skate XP
I’m studying nursing (in my second year!) so study and derby are greedy for my time but always love spending time with friends and family

 

What do you do in real life?

Student

 

What keeps you coming back every week?

I’m addicted in every way possible but it is so much more than just skating: there are amazing relationships made that now form my derby family. I love the rush, and the feeling of growing and just skating any worries away

 

Any advice to people thinking of starting roller derby?

DO IT and don’t give up keep trying

Pirate Profile: Selkie Smooth

WELCOME to the first in a new line of updates here on the Pirate City Rollers website. Every fortnight, we’ll be releasing a profile of one of our wonderful Pirates so that you, our adoring public, can get to know us a little better.  

Without further ado, our first skater (chosen at random) is Selkie Smooth, a mythical creature who works in a starship. Don’t believe me? Then read on…

STATS

Derby name: Selkie Smooth

Muggle name: Jo Hegarty/Moon depending on what I’m doing

Derby number: 29

Role: Pool skater and apprentice Brawler :-)

No. years involved in derby: 1.5 years

 

THE LOW-DOWN

What’s your roller derby backstory?

I had skates as a kid, then bought a new pair of skates when I was 17 years old, just for fun.  I really wanted a pair with rainbows on them like my first pair, but when I went to Skate Attack in London (UK) they only had these really ugly looking boots that they said were for roller derby and one elegant looking (Moxi style) pair that I bought…. There was no roller derby in any of the cities I lived in before I came to Auckland!  I came along and watched a PCR bout and I knew immediately I wanted to be a Pirate – black clothes, skulls, attitude and freedom to be who I am – I had found my people.

How did you come to choose your derby name and number?

One of my friends gave me my name, after my Selkie tattoo.  A selkie is a creature (perhaps mythical, perhaps not) from the West coast of Ireland and Scotland that is part seal, part human.  When they take off their sealskin they take on human form.  My selkie represents the two sides to me –  the conventional work life in human form and the free spirit that I am when I don my true form…….

29, because it’s a prime number and the other prime numbers I liked with double digits were taken.

How do you spend your time outside of roller derby?

What life outside roller derby?

What do you do in real life?

I’m a Neonatologist (Paediatrician who looks after sick newborn babies in Neonatal Intensive Care) in Starship Hospital.

What keeps you coming back every week?

Freedom to be me.  Sassy attitude of my derby family. Fun on skates. A desire to improve (I will conquer transitions yet!). It’s SO addictive.  A physical contact sport for women, what’s not to love?

Any advice to people thinking of starting roller derby?

Just do it.  Come along to a bout, say hello to someone, tell us you’re interested!  

Don’t be afraid that you can’t skate – each and every skater you see on the track, no matter how awesome had to learn from the beginning too.

What’s your current skate set-up (boots, plate, stoppers, wheels, cushions, skate lace colour – all the dirty details!

I’m still in my freshmeat skates… but just about to upgrade to a pair of Bont.


 

We hope you enjoyed meeting Selkie half as much as we enjoy skating with her. Comment, like and share this post to show your appreciation – we’d love to hear from you!