AKA Women Making Racquetball History Now!
We will feature another woman making racquetball history every Wednesday. Do you know someone else we should be celebrating with this interview and feature process? Drop us a line on Facebook!
Name: Erin Boadway
Are you a pro player, coach, association board member, tournament organizer, or racquetball broadcaster AKA why do racquetball players know you? Racquetball Players Association of Arizona Board member, amateur player.
Country of Origin: USA
Place you consider home: Flagstaff, Arizona
Did you play as a junior? Did not play as a junior.
When & how where you introduced to the competitive side of racquetball? I was introduced to racquetball at my local health club where we had a league.
Playing hand: Right.
Year you started playing racquetball: 2011
First female mentor or idol in racquetball: I don’t have an idol. My dad and I just played and he challenged and bet me money on games we played.
Favorite racquetball shot: Dink pinch
Motivation for the game (what keeps you playing): Exercise and the social aspect.
Love most about racquetball: It is a close knit family and I have been able to make many lifelong friends!
Preferred equipment: If it’s Prokennex, it’s mine! I play with the Prokennex Black Ace 170. I love bright colors so if I find a brightly colored pair of shoes I’m getting them, currently play with Nike zoom freak shoes.
Favorite event: The US open has been my favorite!
Best results at tournaments you’ve played in: 2017 and 2018 intercollegiate doubles champion and singles #2 champion for the same years. Montana state women’s champion. 2017 us open women’s A singles, 24 and under singles, and mixed B champion.
Day job: customer service supervisor with American Airlines at the Flagstaff airport.
Charity close to your heart: Anything animal related!
Other sports played in addition to racquetball: Tennis
What can we do to activate more female players? I think it is up to the current female players to help recruit other female players.
What is your hope for the future of racquetball? I want to see collegiate racquetball grow to be more competitive throughout the country.
How do you feel is the best way to help grow the sport of racquetball? To make sure your voice is heard about how important this sport is to so many people and also how valuable it could be to others who have never played.
If you could bring one thing back from racquetball past – what would it be and why? The publicity that it used to have. Right now that is what this sport needs people to know about it and see it advertised more.
What do you do to train? Unfortunately I don’t train (work) much but I do work with Manilla Athletics on drill sessions.
What is the biggest challenge you face right now as it comes to racquetball, and how do you work to overcome that challenge? I had back surgery 5 months ago. Getting back to where I was before is a challenge. I am slowly working on strengthening my body and getting used to being pain free!
Do you know someone else we should be celebrating with this interview and feature process? Drop us a line on Facebook!