Photo Credit: Kristin Thompson Reber
PRDJ Coaches Selected to Lead Junior Olympic Team in Nebraska
Philly Roller Derby is proud to congratulate Devoida Mercy and Teflon Donna who were announced as coaches for the Northeast Regional team competing in the 2016 JRDA/AAU Junior Olympics.
This is the first co-ed competition of its kind and will consist of eight teams made up of skaters from the US regions, as well as teams from Australia, Canada, and an international team. This event will be a collaboration with the roller derby’s Olympic Movement organization, USA Roller Sports (USARS).
As co-founders of the PRD Junior’s program, Teflon Donna and Devoida Mercy are no stranger to fostering youth sports through roller derby. Over the past three years they have worked to successfully develop a juniors program that trains young skaters of all levels, from beginners to competitive travel-team level play. PRD Junior skater, Rainbow Crash, age 12, said “Tef and Mercy push me to my limits and inspire me to be a better skater.” “Tef gives me extra tips on how to do new things when I don’t understand them. She makes it easier to learn!,” said Iron Jadyn, age 11. The focus of their coaching is on teamwork and communication, footwork, strategy and positive attitudes, resulting in a healthy season of competition–and smiling faces at the end of every session!
In addition to their work with PRDJ, they coached at JuniorCon for the past three years, offering workshops on everything from transitions to defensive strategies and jamming-focused skills. They have proven themselves to be great leaders and integral parts of the growing junior derby community. Hermione Maimer, age 13, said, “Mercy and Tef are amazing skaters, amazing coaches, and amazing people. It’s not enough for them to be great themselves – they want us to be great too!”