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a Local team takes the rink Rollin Riot Velcro ripping from safety pads, the rolling thunder of wheels as they hit the rink, duffl bags being unzipped so skaters can get to their gear, these are the sounds of roller derby.

Central Kansas Roller Derby, now a co-ed team, is the Hutchinson area roller derby team. Formed in 2012, the team’s founder, Casey Shinliver, Harper, fell in love with the sport because of it’s accepting atmosphere. “For one thing, women-dominated, competitive, contact sports are few and far between,” Shinliver said. “When I discovered roller derby, I was immediately drawn to the Derby community. It’s all about empowering women from all walks of life. No matter what your story is, what body type you have, the obstacles you’re going through, or have overcome, there is a place for you. The roller derby community welcomes everyone with open arms, no questions asked.” Roller Derby is a progressive, unconventional sport where everyone is on the same plane. It doesn’t matter if a player

is male or female,or how old they are, the same rules apply to everyone. Shinliver said once you become a part of the sport, you can take it with you anywhere you go, and that’s why it’s a great idea for college students to join the team. “Roller Derby is an excellent source for out-of-the-box physical activity,” Shinliver said. “The minimum skill requirements are the use of major muscle groups that traditional exercise doesn’t primarily focus on. Also, roller derby is something you can begin right now, in Hutchinson, and

Rolling up a half-pipe at the Hutchinson Skate Park, Gina “Shark Bite” Pucket, Hutchinson, practices her balance. The skate park gave the team new obstacles to work with Loribeth Reynolds

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