Roller derby may not be your typical activity, but the up and coming sport has a lot of women pumped.
Anna Wells, a skater for the Grand Junction Roller Girls, said, “Once I get out there it’s nothing but adrenaline and excitement. It’s awesome, it’s fun and I get to take out my aggressions and have a good time!”
Georgia O'Grief, a skater for the 10th Mountain River Dolls of Eagle County, said, “It’s a team sport. Anytime you play a team sport it’s not just about you it’s about the whole team together.”
Several teams came to Montrose to show crowds what they’re made of. There are four rounds of bouting for 30 minutes each. Only one team can come out on top.
“It’s ok to be aggressive, it’s ok to be assertive. You don’t have to be a lady all the time,” O'Grief said.
Wells said, “We give it 100 percent and we want to kick each other’s butts and knock each other around. But then it’s great because afterward we all go out for a drink and we’re best friends.”
Not only are they doing what they love, they’re helping out a cause that’s important to them.
Executive director of Habitat for Humanity said, “We will break ground on an affordable home in Montrose County in April. So all the money tonight goes towards building that home.”
“We always like to give back to the community in any way we can because the community is always so helpful to us,” Wells said.
And despite their tough exteriors, the roller derby athletes say anyone can get involved and that a little hard work can go a long way.
Wells said, “Anyone can do it and it is intimidating and it is scary but you kind of just have to get over those fears and come out and meet us!”
When it comes down to it, roller derby is about fierceness. However, it's also about friendship and having a lot of fun.
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