Women's roller derby is on the rise - FOX 35 News Orlando

Women's roller derby is on the rise

Posted: Updated:
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

Women's roller derby is being called one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. So far more than 1,200 amateur teams exist in the world, and nearly 30 of them are located in Michigan.

What some people may not realize is the intensity of the sport. Roller derby is the only full contact sport where teams play offense and defense at the same time.

"It takes a lot of sweat, a lot of tears and a lot of practice to pull it off."

Some see it as a fun way to workout, and others see it as a way to take out frustration. Either way it's a team sport that brings people together.

"If it wasn't for roller derby I wouldn't know any of these women... You get one big family full of people you never dreamed you could be friends with."

While some people may picture the roller derby of the past, these days the sport has become so popular that it's one of the 8 sports under consideration for the 2020 Olympic games.

"I think a lot of people are still in the mentality of the 70's roller derby where it was staged like wrestling where girls are pulling each other's hair out. It's not at all the sport it is today, it's a legitimate sport.

Even more recognition is coming to the sport, thanks to blockbusters like Whip It and documentaries like Derby Baby, which will be shown in Royal Oak Thursday, July 19.

To learn more about the up-and-coming sport, check out the videos.

 

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Benefit for injured Grosse Pointe Park Police officer

    Benefit for injured Grosse Pointe Park Police officer

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:18:15 GMT
    48-year-old Keith Andersen retired in February from the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department. On June 21, he was involved in a roll over accident where he suffered a broken neck. As of now Keith has no movement in his the lower half of his body. The Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 is holding a fundraiser for Keith on Aug 5th. Amy Lange will have a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.
    48-year-old Keith Andersen retired in February from the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department. On June 21, he was involved in a roll over accident where he suffered a broken neck. As of now Keith has no movement in his the lower half of his body. The Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 is holding a fundraiser for Keith on Aug 5th. Amy Lange will have a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.
  • Teenager's body discovered in wooded area in Armada

    Teenager's body discovered in wooded area in Armada

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:37:19 GMT
    Police in Armad Township tell Fox 2's Roop Raj that the body of a 14-year-old female teen has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.
    Police in Armad Township tell Fox 2's Roop Raj that the body of a 14-year-old female teen has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.
  • Judge rules Warren Evans can stay on the ballot

    Judge rules Warren Evans can stay on the ballot

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:16:52 GMT
    A judge ruled Friday, Warren Evans will stay on the August primary ballot for Wayne County Executive.
    A judge ruled Friday, Warren Evans will stay on the August primary ballot for Wayne County Executive.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices