Curvy moms who prefer flat tracks
Garcia is president of the Sacred City Derby Girls of Sacramento, California and marketing officer of the World Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), an organization that promotes and fosters the sport of women’s flat track roller derby. While 80 member leagues and 15 apprentice leagues belong to the WFTDA, there’s no official count on how many moms play.
Modern Roller derby was revived in 2001 by a group of women in Austin, Texas. They used a flat track instead of a banked one, making the sport cheaper and more portable. An estimated 400 roller derby leagues now exist around the world.
“It feels great to knock people over, survive tough hits on a scoring pass, and wall up to shut down another team’s jammer,” says Margaret Fackler, 29, a mother of two who plays on the Texecutioners, a nationally ranked travel team in Austin.
“Once you start, you really get into it,” says Fackler, who practices five times a week with conditioning workouts on the side, in addition to being a high school math and physics teacher. (Fackler’s derby name: “Olivia Shootin’ John.”)
For Sarah “Socra-Tease” Deveau, a 31-year-old mom of three from Airdrie, Alberta, who owns a children’s clothing and equipment consignment store, roller derby is “really different and cool and not mom-ish.”
“I look like your typical mom, I’m wearing GAP jeans and a t-shirt right now…roller derby is something that’s so fun and exciting.”
Deveau loved skating as a kid and started playing roller derby after the birth of her second child as a way to get back into shape. Less than two weeks after the birth of her third daughter, Deveau says she’s already looking forward to lacing up her skates again.