TRAINER LEVEL: 40
FAVORITE POKÉMON: LAPRAS
CLAIM TO FAME: GirlsThatPvP
THE INTERVIEW - Ruling the World
G2G: Can you tell me your in-game Trainer name, level and your favorite Pokémon please? Is there a reason it’s your favorite? Also, what do you do in your daily life (besides heading up the amazing GirlsThatPvP movement)?
CochinoMum: My ign is CochinoMum, level 40, I’ve played since day 1. My favorite Pokémon is Lapras. Second is Sableye and it’s definitely my favorite to fight with.
G2G: What got you into Pokémon/Pokémon GO? Were you interest Pokémon cards or the Main Series games before GO was released? What do you like the most about Pokémon in general? What is your favorite feature in PoGO?
CochinoMum: I didn’t play Pokémon games growing up, I actually wasn’t allowed to have any video games. So I think I’m making up for it now. I have every Pokémon game and console and have played them all as an adult . Pokémon GO I love because it’s interactive with the community. I’ve made the best friends through the game that have become like family. My favorite feature of the game is absolutely PvP. I probably wouldn’t be playing on a daily basis if it wasn’t for PvP. It completely changed the game for me.
G2G: What inspired you to create GirlsThatPvP? Was it simply something that happened naturally without too much planning, or did you have a strong vision for what you wanted to achieve?
CochinoMum: I started with the first tournament, which wasn’t even ranked. It was like a practice run, but I was hooked immediately. I went to every tournament afterwards. Around the 3rd tournament is when it really started to stand out to me that I was the only female participating. I wasn’t doing very good in the tournaments and started to feel intimidated by the fact I was the only female there. I considered quitting, but I’m not one to back down from a challenge.
I started practicing all the time and my friend decided to help me. I ended up getting 2nd at the next tournament, but was still bothered by the fact I was the only girl at the tournaments. So, I decided to do something about it. I began asking other female trainers for battles. One in particular was really good. She really enjoyed battling me. So I told her she has to come to a tournament with me. She had never even thought about it before and after I asked her for the 20th time she agreed. That was all it took and she was as hooked as me. The entire dynamic changed and the tournaments were so much more enjoyable.
That made me want to get more female trainers to participate. By the end of the season we had three lady battlers at every tournament. When I started back on Twitter I was slowly starting to see other lady battlers, and realized this could be a platform to really expand the female battlers. I decided to do a poll to choose the official hashtag to represent us. #GirlsThatPvP was the winner by a landslide.
I honestly wasn’t thrilled with it because I know some women find it insulting to be called a “girl”. The movement isn’t just about me so despite how I felt I went with what they chose. I came across the “Fight Like a Girl” movement shortly after. Basically what they are doing is taking back words meant to disempower females and using them to empower. I absolutely loved it and it made me really love that the hashtag chosen aligned with that movement.
G2G: What keeps you driven? What are your future goals for GirlsThatPvP? Are there any plans for venturing into the streaming world? Perhaps a GirlsThatPvP YouTube or Twitch channel.
CochinoMum: My goals are to keep going and to reach as many trainers as possible. I want anyone who has considered trying PvP to know they have people who support them and that will encourage them.
My advice to anyone starting out in PvP is to take it one step at a time. Nobody starts at the top and nobody expects you to. Learn something from every loss you take. Have fun with it and make friends. The community is amazing and that is more important than winning tournaments.
G2G: What’s the biggest piece of advice you could give to a woman (or anyone) starting out as a PvP Battler? What’s the most useful piece of PvP advice you’ve ever received and who gave it to you?
CochinoMum: The best piece of advice anyone has given me is definitely from Kieng. He says the most important battle is your next one. Don’t sweat a loss and keep moving forward.
G2G: What does it mean to you that the GirlsThatPvP movement has taken off so quickly?
CochinoMum: I think it’s amazing how much this movement has already grown. I think it will continue and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
G2G: Is there anything else you want to share or anyone you want to give a shout out to?
CochinoMum: People I would like to mention, Casey @0hOkhaha she was my first recruit and such an amazing battler and friend, Kieng for his unbelievable support with this movement, and of course JFarm’s support as well.
Who Rule the World?
I’ll admit, being a female in a male dominated e-sport is intimidating. However, the first time I spoke with CochinoMum, I was incredibly inspired and definitely felt empowered to become more involved in PvP.
She’s right…take it one step at a time, practice, and don’t get down on yourself if things don’t go as expected. Learn what you could do differently and keep on battling! Girls Rule the World!