Professional women by day,
roller derby girls at night
Maybe you’re not old enough to remember Raquel Welch and Jodie Foster in the 1972 movie, the “Kansas City Bomber” where Welch played KC Carr, a divorced mother of two who joins a roller derby team, but you just want some fun and exciting entertainment, well, roller derby is back.
Locally it started with the Rat City Rollergirls league in Seattle, but it has now grown into several other areas including our own Snohomish County Jet City Rollergirls.
This is an all female flat track roller derby league which started in 2006 and is based out of Everett.
These gals are more than just pretty faces on skates; many of them work as nurses, engineers, and full-time moms.
With names like Ruby Ruckus, Rusty Damage, and Sassypants, these women of the roller derby world can certainly do some damage while being aggressive and agile at the same time.
Similar to professional sporting teams, the derby does have rules, practice regularly, and every one of the women love and respect the sport and each other.
Amber Lyn Heikkinen of Lake Stevens, a.k.a. Rusty Damage, says that being a derby girl is empowering.
“We do a lot more, we help support our communities and have different charitable events,” said Heikkinen.
A huge event, theJuly War Cry, will be coming up for the Jet City Rollergirls teams will be on July 21 at the Everett Skate Deck.
The July War Cry will feature the Camaro Harem (two on this team are from Lake Stevens) battling against the Pink Pistols, and the girls of Carnevil take on the Hula Honeys.
The July War Cry event will raise goods to help support the Adopt-a-Platoon campaign for our armed forces abroad.
Everyone attending this event is encouraged to bring tangible goods to be used in care packages for the soldiers who often times don’t have the amenities of household goods like soap, Kleenex, batteries (AA, AAA) etc.
Anyone interested in the Jet City Rollergirls can visit their website at: www.jetcityrollergirls.com