WI Staff Writer | 5/12/2010, 10:19 a.m.

Roller Derby: Lehigh Valley Rollergirls (in pink) take on the Capital offenders, Sat, May 8 at Stadium Armory.Photo by John E. de Freitas


Photos by John E. De Freitas

Formed in 2006, the DC Rollergirls are the National Capital Region's only women's at-track roller derby league. A better question might be, "Who aren't the DC Rollergirls?" The 47 women who comprise the league come from all walks of life - they're teachers, nurses, writers, artists, librarians and work-at-home moms. They entered the sport as both novices and experienced skaters, as seasoned athletes and as former couch potatoes. But they all have one thing in common - they are strong, fierce competitors who are passionate about the sport of roller derby.

Roller Derby is a game that requires speed, strategy, endurance, and some sturdy padding. During the bout Sat., May 8 the D.C. All-Stars battled the Dominion Derby Girls and the Capital Offenders took on the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls. The crowd was entertained by an evening of walloping body checks and lightning-fast maneuvering skills on rollers. Half-time entertainment was provided by the Greenbelt City Stars Rope Team, an exhibition of skillful and exciting single- and double-dutch jump rope enthusiasts.