By day, Sara Jane Schmeltzer is technical director at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. By night, she’s “Anita Patron,” derby girl.
Schmeltzer is one of nearly 20 women who are the Little City Roller Girls, founded in August 2007 as the area’s first and still only flat-track roller derby team.
Four times a week, these women — who may have nothing in common except their love for the sport — gather for practice at the Johnson City Family Skate Center. They don skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist protectors, helmets and mouth guards — not to mention alter egos — for a couple of hours of hard-hitting, fast-skating fun.
Linda “Acid Jones” Elliott, of Kingsport, skated as a child, but moved on to other sports. She joined Little City Roller Girls last November.
“Oh my God, these women are awesome,” she said. “They’re fit. They’re in shape,” she said. “When I showed up, I fell in love with it. If you like to skate, you’ll like roller derby. If you love sports, you’ll love roller derby.”
Every skater has a derby name — something tough or just plain funny. The Little City Roller Girls’ roster sports names like Femininja, The Jenerator, Jelly Roll, Miss Thang 1, Miss Thang 2 and Ali VamHurtin.
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