September 15, 2010

After exhausting what I think are the final options for any type of old school building, lodge or space I decided to let go of that idea for today. My fingers are crossed for a space through the City that we could skate in and we’ll know by the end of the week. Today is a tough day to stay on track.

The day is bittersweet and my heart is with the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds as they mourn the passing of one of their own; sweet Nicole Clementi age 22.
Nicole fell two weeks ago from a 3rd story building and didn’t recover from that; yesterday was the end of the hopes that they held for her.

I remember practicing with her the very first time I saw her. She was STRUGGLING to do crossovers and I went behind her, held her hips and worked with her for quite awhile that day. She ALWAYS had a smile and always gave it her all at practice. She made an awesome trophy for the rail bird of the month in the summer and I was blown away at the talent that she had.

I had fun teasing Nicole as her skills improved about the early crossover days and she turned into quite a badass little skater. Her derby name started off as Harry Slaughter, then she changed it at some point to Beaver something… I called her Harry Beaver. I heard someone call her Harry Situation and don’t know if that was the one she wound up with or not.

Today I miss my Birds more than ever and wish I were there with them, but I’m not. I’m here looking for a new place to skate and it’s a hard path but I know it is the right one.

It’s with the spirit of community that I keep going to get the rec league going and Harry, now I get to bring you with me…

I think I’ll sit here for a moment, listen to the Seattle rain and send you some love. Rest in peace little Bird and fly on to the next place.

You left way too soon.


About thehotflashseattle

I'm a person who found derby at JUST the right time in my life to give me hope, make me stronger and experience something that had been waiting for me all these years! My mightiest goal is to mainstream the sport of roller derby. My selfish goal is to help other people find ways to skate,connect and inspire each other to get back on track when they begin to slip off and help them up when they fall. Doing this helps me believe that there are others ready to do the same for me. In 2012 I had four surgeries, two of which were mastectomies and now at 57 I'm cancer free and back on track. Three years ago on this profile I claimed not to be a "great" coach but wanted to share what I knew. I am revising that statement at this time because I have figured out that I'm a survivor, a warrior and a damn good coach! I am the founder of OneWorld Roller Derby in the Greater Seattle area. We are sharing our resources to help other leagues form and we're creating a circuit that is coming together utilizing USA Roller Sports as a common link. We are bring roller derby to schools, colleges, parks departments and community centers across the US. Helping each other through the pack is what makes life work for me. In the world we get knocked down, get back up, reset and help each other through the pack. We look ahead for the holes to jump through. We gain momentum to find the endurance we need to be able to make it around the track one more time even when we don't think we can. Derby = life = Derby; It's all the same game to me.
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