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Roller Derby

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) –Roller skating became a contact sport in Moss Bluff at Wheelers Family Entertainment Center and Roller Skating Rink Saturday night.

There are hundreds of women's leagues across the United States, and many internationally, but fans had the chance to experience Roller Derby for the first time in Calcasieu Parish,

The hits were hard and skaters were flying across the rink at Wheelers, as Moss Bluff went head to head with a team out of Corpus Christi, TX.

The unique thing about Roller Derby is besides skaters dishing out hits on skates, it brings together women from all walks of life. Those involved say Roller Derby is empowering for women, and it's important to keep exposing people to the sport.

Carroll Miller, head of the Gulf Coast Roller Girls League stated, "It's phenomenal and we've had a lot of positive responses. We've got already a tremendous amount of skaters, skilled skaters and I think this area was ready for it."

Skater Jessica Hoots said, "It gives us a chance to get out and just do something different. You know you've got football, you've got baseball, so you know it's something a little bit different. It's kind of like hockey and football and fight club all at the same time on roller skates."

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