Skater Spotlight – Pyrojaniac
17. December 2014 23:14
Photo Credit: The Derby Retina
Derby Name: Pyrojaniac
Derby Number: 911
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Interests: Charity work with the East Cobb Lions Club, trying new restaurants with friends, watching college football (GO NOLES!), and listening to live music.
Hobbies: Derby, softball, hiking, setting dinner on fire (that’s how I got my derby name) and shamelessly I admit that I love karaoke.
Most memorable experience: The day I put out a car fire at Firehouse Subs! Ironically we were having a Derby Darlins appearance that day so I was wearing my Pyro jersey and shorts with flames on them. Thanks to the Firehouse Subs on North Marietta Pkwy for letting me use their fire extinguisher.
Last year a friend emailed me saying we should go watch some derby sometime. I started checking out the website and saw that they had tryouts and thought, hmmmmm I used to love skating, maybe I should give this a try. I bought a pair of skates and my gear and was thinking that this might be the craziest thing I have ever done. I went to my first practice and loved it. I tried out for the team and here we are. I have gotten so much more out of derby than I ever expected, from the experience of learning something new that was really challenging to the great friendships I have made along the way. Why didn’t I try derby sooner!
Advice to new skaters: Don’t be afraid to give derby a try, purchase the best safety gear you can when you start skating, it pays in the long run and don’t forget to have FUN!