Wendy Minaj #323


Name: Wendy Minaj

Nick name: Minaj

What’s the origin of your name? I like the singer nicki minaj, I like how she is not afraid of taking risk.

Number: 323

What does your number mean? The area code for Los Angeles, where I grew up. Eventhough I have been here for a long time I still love and miss Los Angeles.

Team: Natural Disasters

Position: Blocker

How long have you been skating? I skated as a kid, but with the team about a year.

When did you join derby? Feb. 5, 2012How did you get involved with derby? I was working at ERC with 99 problems and she always talked about it, then she invited me to an adult skate night to meat some of the girls on the team.

Signature move: I dont have one yet.

What roll do you play behind the scenes? I am in the recruitment committee.

Per bout ritual: Drink a lot of water and listen to some music to pump me up.

Motivational quote: Pain is mental, it motivates me to keep skating and it will stop hurting.

Derby Heroes: I really haven’t watched enough derby to know a lot of derby skaters, but I do have some I admire in our league. (Is that cheesy?)

What makes you have instant respect for derby skaters? That they try their hardest.

What do you do outside of derby? I am now a stay at home mom.

Favorite derby so far? My first bout, and having my family come out and support me.

Favorite derby teams: NWARD, Gotham, LA Derby Dolls.

If you could remove any penalty from the game, what would it be? Back blocking.

What advice would you give to upcoming derby players? You can do it. It’s a hard sport but you keep trying and put your mind to it, you will do it.

Derby awards? None

Where are you from? El Salvador.

How long have you been here? In NWA almost 14 years.

What keeps you here? Family.

Animals? A boxer dog, Alice.

Family: My husband, daughter, and I live in Fort Smith. The rest of my family like my parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins live in NWA.