Erika Manilla

Year: 2023
Award: Racquetball, Professional
Location/Affiliation: Denver Athletic Club

  • Won Gold at the Pan American Games
  • Top US Women’s Racquetball Player

After winning the U.S. Racquetball Association’s Women’s National Singles championship in 2022, Erika Manilla continued her rise in the sport in 2023. The Regis Jesuit alum and Denver Athletic Club member ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the U.S. and the No. 4 ranking on the Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour. This past fall, the Team USA athlete won a bronze medal in doubles at the Pan American Games in Chile, and also took home a gold medal in mixed doubles with her brother, Adam Manilla. Along the way, she made multiple singles finals on the Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour while emerging as one of the top national faces of the sport. She also helps run her own racquetball coaching company, Manilla Athletics, with her brother and started a junior racquetball program at the Denver Athletic Club. Our winner in racquetball, Erika Manilla.

By Kyle Newman, Denver Post sportswriter

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