April is the captain of the whole shipload of volunteers that make our bouts sail smoothly. April started training as a skater for HRD in 2009 but soon thereafter broke her ankle while at the Kinetic Sculpture Race. Her commitment to HRD has never faltered. April volunteered for just about every bout job for HRD before taking over the coordination of bout volunteers last year when our beloved BOD, Susan Seaman, retired from the position. April’s diligence made the transition from our longtime coordinator to a newbie go off without a hitch. Tracking the 80 to 100 volunteers needed for each bout is a big job! The Magical Bout Productioneer, Hoosier Daddy; Usher King, David Rivera; Concessions Queen, Kate Ortiz; Merch Mavens and April work as the perfect team and we couldn’t do it without them!
April’s love affair with skating began at a young age. She could be found at Roller Haven at the Antioch County fair grounds at least twice a week while growing up. Later as a teen, she could be seen around town roller blading with her friends. April also loved to lace up ice skates and hit the ice!
When asked what April loves about roller derby the most, she says “that any woman old or young, of all shapes and sizes can become an athlete.”
HRD thanks April for the part she plays in building our organization and helping the women and girls in Humboldt County engage in the athletics, empowerment and community of HRD. Next time you see her at a bout, give her your thanks too!