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By Cutlass Supreme, Jul 26 2014 04:14AM

July 18, 2014 - Article by Amanda Roberts of WPSD Local 6


Roller derby started all the way back in the 1930’s. In the 70’s it was a form of entertainment with women skating around in flashy outfits. The games already had predicted outcomes.


“Now it’s not that way at all. It's a growing sport and it should be recognized as such,” says West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers member Stacey Mills.


Not until the 21st Century did roller derby get the recognition as a sport. The West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers skate at Paducah’s Kingsway Skateland. Their league started in 2010.


The sport works like this… There are 5 members to a team. A jammer and 4 blockers. The jammer must skate past the other team’s blockers to score points for her team. The blockers try to take the jammer down.


The West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers aren’t afraid of a few bumps and bruises. The ladies do have a softer side though. They claim the pushing and shoving has actually lead to some great friendships.


“The sisterhood really, getting to know everybody is fantastic. We have such a variety of women that play,” says Mills.


The Rockin’ Rollers also says it’s great exercise.


“You don’t have to be an athlete to do this. You will become an athlete, but you do not have to be one,” says the team’s co-president Jenny West. “You don’t have to be skinny, you don’t have to be tall, you don’t have to be short, you don’t have to be wide, you just have to be willing to put in the time and the effort that it takes.”


The team also donates to a variety of local charities.


The West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers also have a junior league. Kids 17 and under can sign up to play. The kids have to sign an anti-bully promise before joining.

By Cutlass Supreme, Jul 18 2014 04:41AM

The sport of roller derby is a wonderful way to build endurance, strength, and close friendships. Tune in to WPSD Local 6 on July 18th to see a segment about our very own local roller derby teams, West KY Rockin' Rollers and WKRR's Junior Team. Learn about how this not-for-profit sport league attracts skaters of different ages and professions, donates to local causes and charities through fundraising events and bouts, and what they have coming up in the near future. A "Meet and Greet" downtown Paducah on Saturday, August 9th, and a home bout at Kingsway Skateland on Saturday, August 16th, are a just a few things happening next month.

April 5  - @ Clarksville, TN vs ClarksVillian Roller Girls

May 10   - @ Belleville, IL vs Confluence Crush Roller Derby 

May 17 - @ Springfield, MO vs Springfield's Queen City Roller Derby

August 16 - @HOME vs ClarksVillian Roller Girls

2014 Bout Schedule

Bouting season is here again and we're excited to share some dates for 2014! There will be more dates and venues added once confirmed. Also, if you travel to nearby bouts and mixers to watch other teams play, you're likely to catch some of our talented skaters on the track. The occasional opportunity to  join forces with skaters from other teams is a fun, great way to grow as a skater, and also........one can never have "too much" roller derby in their life!  We appreciate the the wonderful support everyone has given WKRR over the past few years and look forward to seeing everyone this season. If your team is interested in scheduling a bout with the West Kentucky Rockin' Rollers, please contact Barba Fett  for information. *All HOME games will take place at Kingsway Skateland in Paducah, KY*

WPSD

Ready for some HARD HITTING derby action?! Well, you're in luck! WKRR's next bout will take place on Saturday, August 16th, at Kingsway Skateland.  A portion of the bout proceeds will be donated to Martha's Vineyard in Paducah.  We will also be collecting money and nonperishable food at different area locations. Please consider helping out if you can!

 

Cash Donations can be made at:

 

  • CFI Lawn and Garden Equipment,

          10950 US Hwy 62, Calvert City

 

Cash and non-perishable food donations will be collected at the following businesses listed below:

 

  • Martha's Vineyard

          1100 N 12th St, Paducah

 

  • Hair by Jill & Co. (ask for Kristen Campbell)

          Starting now thru August 15th for every 5

          canned goods

          you bring to be donated to Martha's vineyard

          you will  

          get $10 off a color service. Located at 3249 1/2

          Lone Oak Rd, Paducah.

 

  • Trendy Repeats Consignment

          2193 Bridge St, Paducah

 

  • Walker Stone, Inc

          3950 Olivet Church Rd, Paducah

 

Donations can also be made to any West Kentucky Rockin' Roller Skater. We look forward to seeing everyone on August 16th!

-THE ROCKY HORROR PIVOT SHOW-

Home Bout at Kingsway Skateland on Saturday, August 16th

Saturday, August 2nd, "Meet and Greet" at the Vape House on 224 Broadway Street.

The Vape House and the West Kentucky Rockin' Rollers invite you to join them in downtown Paducah, Aug 2, 2014, from 6-9 pm. Join the skaters of WKRR and The Vape House as we roll around town for a very special cause...helping Martha's Vineyard. Come and join us for an evening of fun, food, and music at Live on the River. We'll be selling advance tickets to our Aug 16th bout AND collecting donations for Martha's Vineyard. Can't make the event but still want to help out? No problem!

 

Cash Donations accepted at:

 

CFI Lawn and Garden Equipment, 10950 US Hwy 62, Calvert City

 

Cash & Non-Perishable Food Donations accepted at:

 

Martha's Vineyard

1100 N 12th St, Paducah

 

Hair by Jill & Co. (ask for Kristen Campbell)

3249 1/2 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah

 

Trendy Repeats Consignment 2193 Bridge St, Paducah

 

Walker Stone, Inc 3950 Olivet Church Rd, Paducah

 

......and of course your favorite WKRR Skater!

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