February 2019 Skater of the Month

Alacran Akane #5150


How did you choose your derby name?
My name is a mixture of two things: Alacran (scorpion), is a tribute to my mother. She calls me Alacrancito (small Scorpion) as a term of endearment. She says because I'm quick to get upset. Akane is based on an anime character from "Ranma 1/2", a show I used to watch as a little girl. Akane and I share many similarities in personality. 

 What position do you play? What are your derby goals?
I hadn't played until a few days ago so I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my derby life. I can see myself wanting to be a jammer. I didn't know that was my goal until three days ago. My derby goals are to get good, by showing up to every practice I can.

Who inspires you on the track?
The person that inspires me on the track is YoShee Attax. She has stuck to derby regardless of all the obstacles placed in front of her. She might not know it, but she stopped me from quitting on the day of our first scrimmage. I was ready to walk out, but she just kept pushing me out of my negative mindset.

What is your favorite derby memory?
My favorite derby memory was during our last WFTDA skills assessment. I had just got back on skates from a concussion after attempting to land a 3 inch jump. The practice before the WFTDA skills assessment everyone kept practicing jumps. I couldn't even attempt them because the fear of the concussion kept stopping me. It was WFTDA skills assessment day and the moment came when we had to do the 3 inch jump and I was panicking. I didn't want to do it again, my children kept running through my head. I put my big girl pants on and did the jump I was happy to have landed, but I didn't do it the correct way, so I had to do it again. I was really, really upset. They made everyone do it again. I jumped and finally landed correctly. I was…let’s just say emotional. I needed to let it go or I would have cried. I didn't want to cry so I did what I thought was the next best thing, I went to the shed and just let it out, I screamed. I didn't think it would be heard by everyone. I thought the shed would be my pal and keep it between us, but everyone heard it and well it just made everyone's day. I will admit I was a little embarrassed but with time it has become a bit comical to me.  

I want to take the time to thank every single one of you!! All of the coaches and my freshie gals. This is definitely an honor and I owe it to all of you. Your guidance and support has made this possible. I honestly would have quit if things were a little different. A special thanks to YoShee, HardLee and Fudge for always being there. I love you ladies!!