In 2015 New York City’s own Sweet Sherry Pie packed up her skates (and her family) to venture across the country with one mission — to skate with Bay Area Derby. Maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but in the year BAD welcomed Pie into our league she has become an outstanding addition to our skating community. Not only does she manage zombies on skates as this season’s co-coach of the ShEvil Dead, she also stepped up into league leadership as BAD’s Advertising and Marketing Manager.
When Pie isn’t skating or herding creative and marketing cats, you can find her at Dogtown Athletics boxing or sweating it out in a HIIT class.
Read on to hear more from February’s BAD Skater of the Month, Sweet Sherry Pie!
Photo credit: Juan Montalvo
Name: Sweet Sherry Pie
Team: San Francisco ShEvil Dead
BAD League Involvement: Advertising and Marketing Manager. 2016 ShEvil Dead Coach.
What’s the story behind your derby name?:
I’m a sucker for bad 80s hair bands and baked goods; Sherry’s my real name.
Plus, when it was time for me to choose a skater name, Béyonslay told me if I didn’t pick Sweet Sherry Pie she was going to hit me, so obviously I listened.
How long have you been playing roller derby?:
I joined Gotham Girls Roller Derby through their first ever tryouts in 2005. I skated there (plus a season where I just managed) until I moved to the bay area in 2014, so that makes 2016 my 11th season involved in roller derby. Whew!
How long have you been with BAD? What brought you to BAD?:
2015 was my first season with BAD. I moved here from NYC with my husband, two cats, one dog and a plant crammed in a pickup truck. Sadly, the plant didn’t make it. We chose the bay area because it had an amazing derby league and no snow.
What’s your skate set-up?:
I skate on Bont Hybrids with two right-foot Powerdyne Reactor plates. It’s a trade secret . . . just kidding. I have no idea what happened but changing my one toe stop sucks because I can’t reach the nut. And I usually use Atom aluminum hub Juke wheels.
What is your favorite non-derby sport or cross-training activity?:
Weight training has always been a constant in my cross training. Recently I’ve also been really into the boxing and HIIT training at Dogtown Athletic in Oakland. Super awesome classes and instructors!
Share your favorite derby memory/moment of 2016 (so far).:
It’s too early to choose! I have a feeling the BAD home season is going to be reeeeaaally competitive and exciting so I can’t wait to see what happens!
Share one of your favorite motivational quotes with us.:
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
– Buddha paraphrase