Name: Jams P. Skullivan
What are the reasons behind your derby name/number?
I wanted a derby name that could play off my own last name and express my love of Disney. Since Monsters, Inc. is one of my all-time favorite movies, I decided James P. Sullivan, aka Sulley, was the perfect character to mold my name after. I picked the number A113 because that number is hidden in every Disney/Pixar movie, except Monsters, Inc.
Which position do you play?
What is your favorite thing about derby?
Knowing that I’m part of a truly amazing subculture. Finding derby was like finding where I belong.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned playing derby?
Attitude is everything. Natural ability can only carry you so far. The rest is in your hands.
What is your most memorable derby moment?
Being awarded my bearing necklace. It’s a rite of passage in our league to earn a skate bearing on a chain after bouting for the first time. I wear that bearing with pride every day.
What are your goals in roller derby?
Never stop learning. Never stop improving. Never stop striving to play better. Never stop having fun. I want to evolve with the game and I want to continue to enjoy every second of it.
Who is your favorite roller derby player?
Isabelle Ringer of the San Diego Derby Dolls. I took one of her classes at RollerCon last year and it was phenomenal.
What first attracted you to derby?
The pure athleticism of it. I’ve been an athlete my whole life, and I loved skating when I was a kid, so I knew this was a sport for me.
What type of gear do you prefer?
In my opinion, Atom Wheels and Riedell skates are the way to go. The rest of my gear is Triple 8 and so far it’s working great.
What do you do when you’re not playing derby?
I work at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. My job title is “Coordinator of Fiscal Operations.” That just means I pay bills and plug stuff in spreadsheets all day long. When I’m not at work I’m usually hanging out with my two dogs.
Do you have a favorite skating song or a theme song?
If I’m just skating around to work on endurance, I prefer listening to bouncy power pop bands. If I had a theme song, I’m pretty sure it’d be “Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic.
Do you have any advice to anyone thinking about playing derby?
You might not know what you’re doing when you start, but if you’re really dedicated to it and you pour your heart and soul into it, you will succeed.
Did you play any sports before roller derby?
I grew up playing softball and I’ve played just about everything else there is. But I’d have to say derby is the best sport I’ve ever played.
When did you first join Red Stick Roller Derby?
I entered the Fresh Meat program in October 2010 and bouted for the first time in January 2011.