Sigourney Beaver, or Beave for short, is one of the most well-respected members of the Sin City Rollergirls league. She has been with the SCRG longer than all but a handful of current league members, and is one of the few women who skated with the league back when there was only one team, the Neanderdolls. She has held the role of SCRG general manager, and currently serves as newbie wrangler.
She really enjoys being part of the newbie process. “I was there once,” she says, “and I know that working your way onto the league can be an intimidating experience.” Beaver was hooked after watching her first bout, but spent a year as an avid fan before finally showing up to her own newbie practice. Now she runs those practices.
She welcomes anybody, male or female, with an interest in roller derby to get involved. She describes the sport as far more dynamic than most people realize. “There’s room for every kind of player, and that’s what’s so great about derby. You don’t have the time to fully commit, then join a rec league. You’re a dude, then join a dude league, or ref. You’re super competitive, then find a league that’s training to win nationals. You’re a nerd, then do stats. You know the game but can’t skate, then announce. Anything you want, we’ve got it.”
No sports experience is required. Beaver herself had never been involved in sports prior to her first derby practice, and describes herself when she was younger as a “wiener kid” who was much more interested in reading inside than playing outside.
The newbie wrangler has obviously been successful in her position. Due to increasing membership, the league has recently approved the addition of a new team, the Hoover Damned. Team assignments will be announced at the league’s upcoming annual awards party, the Fabbies.
Regarding roller derby as a whole, Beave says, “it’s tough, but we do it because we love it. We have a chance to work together to better ourselves and push each other to the limit mentally and physically.”
As for the inspiration behind her derby name, Beave explains, “while yes, I’m a fan of Alien, that wasn’t a factor in choosing my skate name.” It wasn’t even her first choice. Other options like Full Metal Jackie and Napalm Beth were already taken. Nonetheless, she has no regrets. “I like making people laugh, mostly myself,” she says, “and I think the lightheartedness of my chosen name fits me.”
Watch for Sigourney Beaver in upcoming bouts playing the positions of pivot and blocker two.
Contact Beaver on twitter @egr_bvr or email her at [email protected]