Last night Christina and I went to the roller derby! It was so fun! It all started when I watched the movie Whip It. I grew up spending most of my summers in my family’s skating rink in Florida. I could skate by the time I was 2 years old. Then I graduated high school and skating went on the back burner. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I rented Whip It. I wondered if Charlotte had a roller derby so I Googled it, and sure enough we do! The Charlotte Roller Girls held a double header last night, their last home bout of the season. I’m so glad I Googled in time! I bought our tickets online on Friday- good thing too because they sold out! We couldn’t believe the crowds. It was general admission with first come first serve seating. The problem with that was all the seat holders. We’d spot a couple seats, run over to that section, excuse me pardon me to the seats just to find out “Oh these seats are taken”. Ugh. We sure did get a workout running around looking for seats! We finally found two way over behind the videographer. It actually worked out though as she happened to be part of the derby and answered some of our questions. At half time/intermission we moved to some better seats.
The bouts were really exciting! Especially once we read up on the rules in the program and knew when to cheer and what was going on. Man, I tell ya, those are some TOUGH ladies. They took hits that would have put me in intensive care and they’d hop right back up and keep on skating.
I love how much personality this sport allows. All the skaters have fun skater names like Alley Capone, Pamela Ander-Slam, and Bashonista. I love the Asian skater who named herself Shrimp Lo Mean. Bahaha!
The Charlotte Roller Girls are very active in the community and a portion of last night’s proceeds went to the Humane Society. It was really cool to see them present a check for over $2000 to the Humane Society last night. Pardon my terrible photography. I forgot my camera and had to rely on my phone.
Note the scary death clown man. He was the announcer/commentator. He scares me to death. They even have a DJ. I love how all the people involved sport the derby colors- purple and black.
It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go to some more bouts next season!