Boston, MA – The Boston Rollergirls are back in the paint.
On Saturday, the roller derby team made the short trip to Boston to compete in the 2016 Boston Paint Roller Derby Championships.
The girls and boys from the Boston Roller Derby were joined by a team from the Massachusetts League of Women Rollers and the Boston Fire Department, who were in attendance for the event.
“It was an awesome experience,” said Katie Breslow, one of the roller-derby girls.
“Being part of the Boston Rollers was really fun and a lot of fun to be a part of.
I hope to do it again.”
Katie, who is also the team captain, said the city has been very welcoming.
“I think it’s great for the city,” she said.
“Everyone has been really good about it and it’s nice to be able to be part of it and have fun and have your team there and see the beautiful city that’s so close to us.”
The event was organized by the Boston Paint Rollergirles, the Massachusetts Roller Derby League, and the Massachusetts Fire Department.
This year’s event was hosted by the Massachusetts Paint Roller Girls, which is sponsored by the Association of Women Roller Derby (AWRD).
The AWRD is a local group of women who have been working to make roller derby a better experience for women and girls.
The organization was created in 2013 to provide an outlet for women who are struggling with the roller darts and roller derby culture, and now has chapters across the country.
“The AWRD has grown and grown in number,” said Breslows mother, Stephanie.
“Our first chapter was just a little bit over a year ago and now we’re having chapters all over the country.”
Stephanie Breslocks mother said she has been wanting to do something similar in Boston for a while, but that the organization couldn’t afford to spend any time in the city to make the event happen.
“We had to do some renovations and the cost was prohibitive and then we couldn’t find a place to host it in the summer,” she told TechRadars sister site Boston Roller.
“And now that it’s here, I’m so glad that it is.”