April and Demolicious and what they mean to Roller Derby

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There are two absolutely indescribable women in Roller Derby……actually a lot more but this is about two who just defy description.

April Ritzenhaler is featured in the article above: 13 years ago she and the women of Austin started all this skating madness again when they were conned by Devil Dan to start Derby, he disappeared with the money, but they did it anyway and founded modern Roller Derby on the banked track. Eventually some skaters split off and started the Texas Roller Girls on the flat track….So here is the Garden of Eden for modern Derby.

April is such a special woman; she has a special aura and you want to hear what she says and pay close attention because she is brilliant…and…

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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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