Greensboro, NC - They're doctors, teachers, moms, but most importantly, they're athletes! The Greensboro Roller Derby Girls are regular folks who have a passion for playing sports and having fun.
WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain had the opportunity to hang out with the Gate City Roller Girls Monday, ahead of their big game against Charlotte Saturday, March 2nd.
"I'm a mother of four. I work part-time for the YMCA and skate. I do everything from soccer mom to to baseball teams to gymnastics teams to cheer-leading teams with my kids and then I come here for me." said player, Ellie Mae Crammit. "It's really nice to come somewhere where I have my own little secret
identity and I can come and hit someone and not get it in trouble for
The athletes showed their strength and skill on the track while demonstrating the rules for this full-contact sport.
"I tell everyone out here these are not female athletes. They're athletes. Just ignore the facts that they are women skaters because they're tough and I'm scared of them," said one of the refs, nicknamed General Packbar.
The all-volunteer league makes a lot of sacrifices to be able to play the sport. But with over 20 leagues and growing in North Carolina, players say it's worth it.
"I've seen it grow from nothing to this. And now we're playing at the Coliseum we have 400 people show up, we're on the news and we're talking to you," said Miller Lightnin'. "It's exciting!"
You can see the Greensboro Roller Derby in action this weekend. The Gate City Roller Girls take on Charlotte Saturday, March 2nd at the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion. Doors open at 5pm. The bout starts at 6pm. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
If you're interested in joining the Greensboro league, you can attend an informational meeting on Sunday, March 3rd at 4:30 at M'Coul's in downtown Greensboro.
WFMY News 2