Roller Derby in the Wiregrass

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email
Ladies in Enterprise are skating around the rink in an attempt to score points.

The Fun Factory in Enterprise is not only a recreation destination, but is working for a cause.

Ladies are lacing up their skates and putting on their helmets and leaving it all the rink for one sport.

Roller derby has come to the Wiregrass

"I have been playing for three years and when i came down here there wasn't a league and the Fun Factory had contacted the girls I was playing with in Montgomery about doing a scrimmage he asked me what it would take to put together a team down here and I told him i would put up some flyers and it kinda exploded from there," said Mindy Boline, roller derby caption.

"One of the army wives, I am here with my husband he is stationed in Fort Rucker, actually recruited me and I came to the meeting and decided to give it a shot," said Caity Courtway, roller derby member.

Like any sport, roller derby gets out some aggression.

"Stress from home stress from work it's nice to take it out on the ring but not out on the girls," said Joie Bier, roller derby member.

"You definitely have to trust the people you are skating with and it is definitely a situation where you leave it all out on the floor," said Courtway.

Even with proper equipment this sport is not for the faint of heart.

"I've had more bruises in the past couple of weeks than I have had in a very long time," said Courtway.

"The knee pads really do help out, I have knee braces under my pads and that keeps my knees safe," said Bier.

"I'm here to watch my wife try to get around the track without killing herself," said Dusty Halvorson, husband of derby member. "I would say be safe but it wouldn't do her any good."

The roller derby team will have a scrimmage Saturday, August 31st at 6 p.m. at the Fun Factory in Enterprise.

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