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Women's Skate Team Gets Down and Derby

Sept. 21, 2010

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By day they're working professionals, nurses, dental hygienists, engineers, landscapers, and wives and mothers. But by night they get down and derby.

Roller derby that is.

It's a sport that has been around since the late 1800s and has had bouts of popularity throughout the last century. However, it was just a little over a year ago that a central Texas team came together, known as the Cen Tex Sirens.

It was the brain child of Genine who skates as GLT-Y.

Derby consists of 2 teams, 5 players each on either a flat or bank track. One team member, the jammer on each team, has to make it through the pack of blockers, the other eight players, to score a point. Elvira from Waco AKA Ayleen Like-achola is a Jammer for the team.

Make no mistake, all these women are tough cookies. Besides the fact that they skate in an un-air-conditioned building March - October 2 to 3 nights a week, two hours at a time, roller derby is dangerous. GLT- Y says it's not a matter of if you're going to get hurt, but when.

But the prospect of injury has yet to deter these ladies. Tricia who goes by Patty Dukes talks about her experience.

There's definitely a sense of camaraderie and sister-hood among these women. More than roller derby, the Sirens are a support group that helps members achieve their health and physical goals.

The Sirens hope to build community support for their events, as portions of bout proceeds benefit area charities. Their adopted charity of the season is Our Lady of The Angels Maternity Shelter, and on the next bout some of the money generated will benefit the Fisher House.

More information and photos of the Cen Tex Sirens at KWBU.org. Their next bout against the San Antonio Charmed Forces is coming up Oct. 1 and will be at the Frank Mayborn Center in Temple, Texas. For KWBU news, I'm Jacqueline Deavenport.

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