Featured Skater: Toni Montana
September’s Featured Skater is Toni Montana!
What’s the background on your name/number?
“When I first started skating in 2011, I had a lot of great ideas like T-Wrexx, but all the good names were taken. A teammate, Molly Whomp, gave me the idea of Toni Montana and I ran with it. I’m not super creative. My number used to be M16, but I had to change it when I transferred to PRD. No significance behind 777, just hoping for all the luck!”
Derby History/Athletic Background (if any):
“I played and tried lots of sports growing up, starting with softball and trying out tennis, basketball, soccer, etc. I played volleyball and lacrosse throughout high school. As I got older I didn’t really like “adult leagues” (except beach volleyball), and happened to stumble upon Shoreline Roller Derby. They were still in the beginning stages so it was a perfect spot for me to start off. I played with them for about 3 years (travel team The Salty Broads and home team The Steam Queens), took a year off and joined PRD in 2014.”
What is your most prized possession?
“I definitely CANNOT live without chapstick! Other than that, I really love my bed…”
Do you have any fears or phobias?
“Ferris wheels – I got stuck at the top of one when I was younger…with a crazy child who kept shaking the whole ride. Worst experience of my life!”
What is your favorite meal?
“BREAKFAST…everything about it! And sandwiches! Or breakfast sandwiches…and burritos! I like food.”
If someone was to make a movie of your life, who would you want to play you?
“I don’t ever picture myself on the big screen, I get weird in front of big crowds. but if Michelle Rodriguez wanted to play me and make me look super badass I’d be okay with that!”
Do you have a pre-bout ritual or any game day superstitions?
“I eat a LOADED breakfast. First, because I love breakfast but also because I can’t eat a real meal like three hours prior to a bout. From the moment I wake up, my stomach is in knots from anticipation and excitement. I try to do smaller snacks like trail mix or an energy bar before game time and at the half.
I’ve also learned that I really enjoy solitude and time to visualize the game and how I want or expect to play. I think of the other team and my teammates and how I want to perform. I spent a lot of time in my head pre-bout.”
If you could skate for another team for a season, who would you pick and why?
“I’ve been stalking Team Puerto Rico since their debut at the World Cup in 2014! I’d really love to represent the country and my culture on a bigger level with a sport I really love.”
“Life has taught me that life doesn’t stop, derby has taught me to keep my feet moving.”
Interested in learning what it takes to be like Toni Montana and join Providence Roller Derby? Join us for recruitment events throughout the season!
About Providence Roller Derby:
“Providence Roller Derby is a non-profit organization that is self-governed and dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of our skaters and community by participating in local events and activities while working to increase recognition of the sport of women’s flat-track roller derby. We strive to advance our organization by encouraging teamwork, dedication, and the cultivation of the individual talents and strengths of all our members.”