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Cheyenne Roller Derby hopes to bring more awareness to the sport

Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:27 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:30 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A couple nights a week, the sights and sounds of Cheyenne Roller Derby are on display at Roller City. On Thursday night, it’s mainly the adults participating, who call themselves the “Capidolls.” Many of the ladies have been a part of the sport for years.

“We got stationed in Kansas and I started playing there, and from there, my husband started coaching a year later. So me and him both have been in this journey together for about five and a half years,” said CRD Skater, Amanda Abell.

“My daughter, she’s 14, she’s been into it for about five years. My twin sister Tara, she’s been into it for six years and her daughter has been into it for longer than she has, so it’s kind of a family affair,” said CRD Skater, Tina Warner.

It’s easy for any bystander to see how passionate the skaters are about being out there, but it’s a feeling on they can describe.

“It’s great honestly. A lot of people ask if I’m out there trying to get aggression out and I’m really not, I just enjoy the skating aspect of it,” said CRD Skater, Tara Grube.

“It’s pretty intense. I kind of put on a game face, you get out there and you really give it your all,” said Abell

“I really enjoy being with the adults because I feel like they give me a really big challenge. So I feel like I can get tougher, so I can go in bouts like this next weekend and go ahead and boss through,” said CRD Junior Skater, Lexi Miller.

Miller is only 12 years old but she’s been playing the sport for four years. Her skills allow her to be a part of the adult practices. The ladies said it’s a great feeling to be a part of the Roller Derby community as a whole.

“Most of it is pretty tight knit, and you can go to any state or any town and most somebody’s heard of derby, or they have a derby team,” said Warner.

“I fell in love from the get-go. So when I find girls like these out here who want to do the same as I do, and want to do the same as me, it’s just amazing. You guys come together, form friendships, it’s a good time. It’s fun, we have a great time, it’s like family here,” said Abell.

Cheyenne Roller Derby is hosting a junior and adult mixer on June 19 and June 20 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the first whistle is at 11 a.m. Their main focus is bringing more awareness to the sport.

For more information on Cheyenne Roller Derby, you can visit its website here and its Facebook here.

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