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Mid-Michigan Derby Girls by Rachel Laurie

With names like Sinister Minister, Betty KrackHer, and Risky Chicky, you may not expect the Mid-Michigan Derby Girls to be a loving, caring bunch. To see them race around the rink while preventing the opposition’s Jammer from moving through the pack, they look like a formidable group. The Mid-Michigan Derby Girls are actually one of the most welcoming and accepting groups in the area, and the roller derby, in general, is a fun, supportive sport with teams found all over the country. The origins of roller derby stretch back to the 1930s, but the resurgence of this rough and tumble sport came about at the turn of the millennium. The Mid-Michigan Derby Girls originated in 2008 and have been competing against teams from the Midwest and Canada ever since. It’s a full contact sport that requires women (though men’s teams are on the rise) to skate around a track with one girl, the Jammer, who tries to push through and lap the group. Of course, preventing this from happening is the goal of the pack of Blockers while they simultaneously try to let their Jammer score. It’s a simple concept that requires strategy, balance, agility, and a healthy amount of physical contact to pull off. What is it about roller derby that has become so appealing in the last 15 years? Women of 10

all ages join the roller derby for a variety of reasons. The Mid-Michigan Derby Girls are an 18+ group, but you will find the ages of the competitors reach well beyond that number. So long as a person stays healthy, there’s nothing stopping them from competing into their fifties and beyond. Additionally, the cardio and strength training a person can get from competing is a great way to stay in shape, and it’s a great stress reliever. Perhaps the greatest reason to join this group goes beyond the physical benefits. It’s a second family. The group is supportive of its members inside and outside the rink. The sport requires a lot of trust, team dynamics, and a pack mentality that makes them very protective of each other and welcoming of anyone who would like to participate. If you come into this team timid, you’ll find your confidence after just one practice, and that is true even if you’ve never laced up a pair of skates! Anyone interested in joining or just watching the Mid-Michigan Derby Girls should check out the website

Rachel Laurie is from Montrose, Michigan and currently works in Lansing, MI as a third party Medicaid advocate. She has History degrees from both UM and American Military University. Rachel is a self-professed nerd with interests in video gaming, comic books, and all things internet related.




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