Issue # 3 Interviews: Sin City Skulls

Photo by Jennifer Kaailii

 

 

 

 

The Sin City Skulls are Las Vegas’ very own Murderball team!  We caught up with team captain, CJ Arinwine, only female player, Britton Zimmerman, and  the rest of the team to find out what it’s like to be part of such an exciting paralympic sport.

Interview with the Sin City Skulls

The Sin City Skulls are Las Vegas’ very own Murderball team!  We caught up with team captain, CJ Arinwine, only female player, Britton Zimmerman, and  the rest of the team to find out what it’s like to be part of such an exciting paralympic sport.

Circles:  Who inspired you to play murderball?

Britton: Lee is my inspiration he has the same disease as me so I felt if he could do it I can do it to.

 

Circles:  How did you get started playing murderball?

Britton: I saw a practice and I wanted in. I immediately wanted to feel the rush from being hit.

 

Circles:  How many states has the team traveled?

Britton: Well, the Sin City Skulls have traveled to several places, unfortunately I have not been able to experience those trips. Our team will be hitting the road in April for nationals which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Circles:  What was your first experience like?

Britton: I wanted to feel the hard hit; I didn’t know what to expect especially being the only girl.

 

Circles:  How did you guys do in the Vegas Vengeance finals?

CJ:   We did great! We came in 2nd place.

 

Circles:  What is it like to have your first trophy?

SCS:   Full of excitement, it has you on cloud nine.  The feeling that you get when you win a trophy is an unexplainable.

 

Circles:  Is it hard to dribble the ball ever ten seconds in Murderball?

SCS:  Sometimes it is because it’s five other players trying to knock you down, Murderball is a very fast sport.

 

What is it like to be the captain of the team?

CJ: Well it comes natural to me, I’m a team player and I want to win, being a team captain you have to know what it takes to win I’m experienced in knowing the do’s and don’ts in this game.

 

Circles:  Is it hard to put the wheelchairs together?

SCS:   We get the chairs specially made for each player, but they’re really not too hard to load and transport to practices or games.

 

Circles:   Are females & male players able to play on the same time?

Britton:  Yes.  I’m the only female player on this team, but all the guys treat me equal, they respect me and my passion for the sport just like the rest of the boys.

 

Circles:   Does the team practice a lot?

SCS: We practices 1 time each week for 2 hours, but if we have tournaments we practice a lot more.

Circles:   What is your coach’s name?

CJ:  Brad Oram

 

Circles:  How long does a rugby game last?

CJ:  We have 4 quarters that last an hour each, and 2 half times.

 

Circles:  Can you really get hurt in this sport?

Britton:  Murderball is not a contact sport but things are known to happen like when you get hit by an opponent and you might fall and pinch a finger or two.

 

Circles:  What prepares the team for a game/tournament?

SCS:   A lot of physical & psychological practice.