The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 9, 2013

Derby Dames set for Mother’s Day bout at convention center

From Staff Reports

BECKLEY — Forget the store-bought cake. Ditch the traditional greeting card. This year, get your mother tickets to the local roller derby bout.

The Beckley Area Derby Dames are inviting everyone to celebrate Mother’s Day this year at their second home bout of the season, “Mother’s Day Mayhem.”

Bring your mom and all her friends to the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center Sunday to see BADD face off against the Greenbrier Roller Vixens Sunday.

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the whistle blows at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Kids ages 6 to 12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in free. Cash only at the door, but an ATM is on site.

A portion of the proceeds from the bout will benefit the Women’s Resource Center, a private, nonprofit agency that provides temporary shelter, counseling, advocacy and supportive services for victims, survivors, and witnesses of domestic violence and sexual violence.

Both Bodacious Baxter and Hollywood Hiplash say roller derby is empowering.

“It boosts your self-confidence and it is great exercise,” Bodacious Baxter said. “You gain so many friends from all over the country. If anyone sees you struggling, they offer a hand, a suggestion and encouragement. They all want to see you succeed.”

Hollywood adds, “Roller derby is currently the fastest growing women’s sport in the nation. I’ve played sports all my life and I’ve never enjoyed anything more than this. It’s not just a sport, it’s a second family.”

Derby referee Battle asks, “Wanna show your mom how much you love her? Treat her to a good ol’ fashioned brawl!”

He said the Dames turn from mild mannered to monstrous in the time it takes to gear up, then transition from hip checks to hugs post-bout.

“It’s so crazy to watch, but it’s fascinating.”

Many of the Dames are mothers themselves, including Burn N Kell and Cup O. Tea.

“It’s our outlet. As a mom of four and a busy working woman, it’s how I unwind and stay active,” Cup O. Tea said.

Burn N Kell added, “It’s also nice to have a female sport during this day and age where most of your competitive sports are male-based.”

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