January 2020 Junior Skater of the Month – Riley Thomas (Ginger SnapHer)

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Riley Thomas, skating under the moniker Ginger SnapHer, has been playing roller derby for a total of seven (7) years.  Riley is currently in her eighth season of roller derby and currently playes for the Diamond City Minors (DCM), a co-ed team out of Bakersfield, California.  Riley assisted DCM in winning three Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) world championships; in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  In addition to being a veteran skater for DCM, Riley was elected as a team captain by her teammates.  Ginger is currently playing in her sixth and final season as a “junior” affiliated with the JRDA and DCM.

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Ginger also plays for Los Anarchists, an all-female team located in Los Angeles, California. She, along with her Los Anarchist teammates, won the JRDA championships in 2019. Ginger is currently in her second season with this team.

Ginger is one of the coaching staff for the adult Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) league teams, the Bakersfield Diamond Divas. She has been an active member of their coaching team for two seasons. Gingers coaching specialty is helping and training the blockers.  Ginger said she finds joy and a sense of purpose in providing them positive reinforcement and training in an area she herself loves, blocking.

Outside of roller derby, Ginger is completing her last year in high school and has plans to attend college upon graduation.  Her plans include going to college and completing her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, where she intends to focus on representing children in need.  In addition to her educational and extracurricular activities, she volunteers her remaining free time to different charities including; the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Suicide Prevention Awareness, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and many others.

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Make sure you also look for Ginger in August 2020 when she will be heading to Canada to compete as a member of USA World Cup co-ed team.

 

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