Roller derby team takes Chippewa Valley by storm

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The Chippewa Valley Roller Girls say they can slam, but they're also a bit glam.

“I think what interested me the most was you can throw your weight around still be a lady,” says Pitbull Scarrier, a teammate.

The roller derby team's in its first season in Eau Claire, and the ladies say they're excited to share their sport with others.

“It’s a full contact sport but there are a lot of rules, but the basics of it is, there are four blockers and one jammer on each team. The jammers are trying to get through the pack and then on their second time through, they make points for each opposing team member that they pass,” says Blonde Sided.

Support for the sport is growing, and some of the biggest fans are daughters of the derby.

“My mom is 0013, Cinderfreakinella,” says one teen girl on the sidelines. “I thought she was crazy but now I see it’s really fun.”

Roller girls say they have normal day jobs, and many are moms. But they have this one unique hobby that bonds them together.

“The camaraderie really helps you develop your own confidence and your own skills,” says Pitbull Scarrier.

And the ladies say some of that confidence, comes from finding the right persona.

"I'm Pitbull Scarrier," says one player.

"I’m Blonde Sided," says another. “You pick out your name, its kind of a big part of joining derby and you have to put it on the national registry.”

With their season of four bouts half-way done, the girls say they can't wait to take their next lap, and hopefully bring more people along for the fast-paced ride.

The Chippewa Valley Roller Girls practice twice a week at the indoor sports center in Eau Claire and are looking for new members and sponsors.

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