THIS MONTHS FEATURED QUEEN IS AMERICANA 💙💛
What is your Derby name and number? Americana #414
How did you come up with it/What does it mean?
My derby number is the area code of the city I’m from – Milwaukee, WI. My derby name has so many meanings: 1. Soy Americana! I married into a Mexican family, but I’ll always be the “bolilla.” 2.When I introduce myself and say “I’m Erica” I often get confused looks and people asking if my name is “America.” 3. I am proud of the red, white and blue flag and what it symbolizes. Plus getting themed accessories is super easy. 4. I wanted Tater and Esther to stop calling me Rink Rat before the league thought that was my actual name.
How long have you been playing Derby?
I started boot camp with South Side Roller Derby in July of 2016.
How did you get into Roller Derby?
I have loved roller skating since I was 3 years old. I grew up at the rink jamming and grooving. At some point after college, my skates were packed away and I eventually moved to Houston. That’s when I decided I really missed roller skating and wanted to find a way to get back into it. I joined SSRD because Tater promised a killer work out in boot camp – and she delivered.
What's your profession?
I am an Engagement Manager for a local nonprofit. That’s a fancy title to say that I help raise funds, manage events and recruit volunteers to support initiatives.
Tell us a little about you:
I am from Wisconsin, so of course, I love cheese, brats and beer. My life goal is to travel the world, which is why I make it my mission to visit a new city every year. In addition to my day job, I also started a passion job in 2015, as a portrait and event photographer. I have two adopted dogs, named for comic book characters: Bruce Wayne and Harley Quinn. They are good training partners, they love to outdoor skate with me.
What is your favorite/least favorite part of Roller Derby?
My favorite part about Roller Derby is the confidence I’ve gained in myself. I proved to myself and several critics that I can do this bad a$$ sport. I’ve also made several amazing new friends along the way. My least favorite thing about derby is the amount I sweat during outdoor practices in the middle of summer. I haven’t quite adjusted to Texas summers yet.
What advice do you have to incoming skaters?
If you think you can do it, you will. Just stick with it. It’s been more than a year since I started and I’m still learning techniques, footwork skills and strategy drills. It doesn’t happen over night, but it’s a lot of fun getting there. You’ll get a great work out in along the way and meet some really awesome new friends.
Why do you love being a Queen of Chaos?
I love being a QOC because our team has a great dynamic. We all come from a variety of backgrounds and skating experience, yet we all have a voice and we all share a mutual respect. We have several veterans that share great insights into the game, making us all stronger skaters. And most importantly, we have fun together, on and off the track!