Maureen MacIntosh, a 17-year-old Woodhaven resident, is one of only 30 teens from the eastern half of the United States to be selected for the Junior Roller Derby Team USA.
The squad will represent the country internationally, in events such as the Junior Roller Derby World Cup. MacIntosh, whose derby name is Hale E. Williams, has been skating locally since she was three 3 years old. She joined the Gotham Girls Junior Roller Derby Team, a group of skaters ranging in age from 8 to 18, two-and-a-half years ago.
The Junior Roller Derby Association is a public non-profit educational and amateur sports organization that is dedicated to advancing the growth of roller derby through the standardization of rules and goals for existing and new leagues. The mission of JRDA is to nurture bold self-confidence in youth by developing teamwork and athletic ability while treasuring individuality within a culture of integration, encouragement and service to others.