September 2015 Member of the Month

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Guillo Tina – Portside Pirates

Guillo Tina

What an honor to be chosen for skater or the month.

I took an interest in derby when my husband and I saw a poster for a bout. What the hell, it was something to do on a Saturday night. I was hooked. It was fast, hard hitting, and just plain awesome.


As a mother of 2 and a full time Engineering student, it’s hard to find time to do anything for yourself. Derby had made me put in the time for me. There is more than just going to practice twice a week, you have to train outside of derby, so going to the gym is also a must. It has given me more self-esteem, self-worth, the ability to make healthier life choices.

Since that day I have filled every spare moment I have with derby. Watching skill videos, game footage, reading blogs, researching gear, and asking all the questions I can think of. I joined learn to skate in 2014 and with the help of my coaches passed all my skills went on to be on the Portside Pirates!


I have never met a more diverse and amazing group of women. We are all so different, and all have a different story to tell, yet we all have one thing in common, OUR LOVE FOR DERBY!

Derby has changed my life for the better. I have done things I never thought possible, met new people, made new friends and gained a whole new family. I wouldn’t change anything!