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Erma Gherd


What is your skater name and number?

Erma Gherd

What is the significance of your name and number?

Thinking of your skater name is harder than you would think. We spent months brainstorming. My husband sent me this one in a text message. I spit out the coffee I was drinking. That's how I knew we had a winner. My number pays homage to the name that almost was, Ruby Raptor, so named for the fighter jet.

What is your athletic background?

Back in the day, in a land far, far away I was a cheerleader. But that is so far away it no longer counts.

What do you enjoy during your downtime? Outside interests?

With roller derby who has downtime? Baking, I love to bake.

Are there any life lessons that you’ve learned playing roller derby?

I think derby helps you to find your true self. You are constantly surround my such a supportive, accepting group of friends encouraging you every step of the way. It's hard not to be your best self with that kind of support system behind you.

What is your hometown?

Mokena, IL, just south of Chicago

What is your motto, favorite quotes, or words to live by?

Never go to bed angry. You won't get any sleep.

What are the top 3 items on your bucket list?

1. Knit a sweater

2. Travel the country in an RV, stopping at every kitschy destination

3. Visit every National Park at least once