Skater of the Month: SKooter Ov'r
SKooter Ov'r is one of SVRG's most versatile skaters and, given her swinging with both the KillaBytes and the Dot.Kamikazes, has likely skated in more SVRG bouts than any other skater this year. Her contributions to both teams throughout the year helped her earn the designation of Skater of the Month.
How did you get into roller derby?
Roller derby found me at the San Jose Grand Prix in 2007, in the form of Death by Dollface. She says, “You’re pretty good on your skates. Have you ever thought about roller derby?” To which I replied flatly, “Nope.” “Think about it,” she said and passed along the info. A few days later and several pints into conversation with a dear friend, the idea sounded perfect! So I lurked out SVRG on MySpace and was soon at the rink watching my first practice. We did not have boot camp back then; it was sink or swim, do or do not. The second night I hopped on the rink in an old pair of high tops from the 70’s with outdoor wheels ( I skated in those for five months before I bought proper skates) and in my first pace line ever , Miss Behaved, now known as Juicy K. Tore, comes skating up next to me. All smiles, she asks, “How long have you been skating?” “Why?” is my natural response, to which she replies, “'Cause I wanna know how hard I can hit ya."
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
Early skating via elementary school field trips, and as an adult I would go pub hopping downtown wearing skates. Other sporty spice included swim team, softball, track, and marching band.
How did you derive your derby name?
All the good names were taken. After pints with Peter, we decided to derive a name using the same technique that porn stars use to find their names (Ed.'s note: This process entails taking the name of your first pet and the street you grew up on), and thus: Skooter Mallard. After a few more pints, it was wisely decided that Skooter Ov'r was more appropriate.
I chose the number 76 because my grandfather would refer to me as the Spirit of ’76.
What is your primary position?
What is your greatest strength as a skater?
My greatest strength as a skater is my team.
What is your favorite derby memory?
Blood & Thunder bootcamp (2008 & 2009) with Juicy K. Tore, MisTits, and Feisty Irish, sake plus pedi-cab races equal a purdy good memory.
Reno in June 2008 was derby magic too. Rooming with Coach Panda & Maker’s Mark. Watching the look of shock in RoboFlow's face as she flew backwards into a crowd after I c-blocked her. A skate stole a purse. A pinky promise to stay till the end and then being rewarded $500 by the Wheel of Fortune: “I won! I won! Buffet for everyone!!” and a road trip to boot. That was deeerrrbby-licious.
And being awarded MVP by Santa Cruz, even after being ejected (Ed.'s note: for racking up too many penalties) in August 2009. However, all the time spent with my teammates is continuous derby awesomeness.
Who are your favorite derby skaters, and why?
Goodie Two-Skates: ‘nough said.
Demanda Riot: Versatile, effective. Best bout-fit ever!
Pandamonium & Pia Mess: They raised the bar.
What team would you want to challenge in your “dream bout”?
Ireland. If they can ever get their shite together!
Who’s your biggest fan?
My mom, DUH.
What’s your favorite thing about SVRG?
To say it is the anti-sorority sorority would be cliché. It’s the magic of having 60-70 women from all walks of life. We’re a sisterhood on skates.
What do you enjoy most about derby life *off* the rink?
Is there such a thing as derby life “off the rink"? Who wrote this question?
I’ve forgotten where the track ends and where I begin. I mean that literally...I’m always out of bounds.
How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?
Sushi Slinger, Slumlord, Knuckle Provider, general Knit-tasticness, Bike Party Lover, Dubliner, World Traveler...I have left my mark all Ov’r the world and on many things; however, they have left their tag on me.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?
Don’t be shy.