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…
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
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!