Monday, March 9, 2009
The women slowly file into the skating rink dressed in business suits and work attire. As they change out of their street clothes, they talk about work and family. Soon the fishnet stockings, tank tops and elbow pads are on and the conversations change drastically. Once the transformation is complete, working class women, moms and college students turn into the rough and tough women of the Lowcountry High Rollers, a new roller derby team in Charleston.
The sport of roller derby started in the 1930s as a marathon skating event and eventually evolved into a race between two teams. The sport was first televised in the 40s and grew in popularity through the 60s. Revived a couple of years ago, teams have sprung up across the nation including a couple in South Carolina.