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580 Rollergirls look to recruit new members

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LAWTON, Okla._If you're looking for a new, competitive hobby that will make you sweat and test your pain tolerance, we've got one for you. The 580 Rollergirls are having an open recruitment this upcoming weekend.

The Lawton roller derby team has competed in regional bouts since they were founded in 2010. Now they're looking to join the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, but they'll need more players in order to handle the higher level of competition. Last year, they had only eight skaters so there's room for you.

Marie Berberea, who goes by Molly Meet Your Maker, is in her second season. She makes it look easy, but she said that only came after plenty of practice.

"When I started, I looked like Bambi on ice. You don't have to know how to skate; you don't have to know how to do anything with roller derby. What we do is we train a person and take them from someone who can't skate to someone who can take out a person on the track," explained Berberea.

The 580 Rollergirls start with the basic and teach their new recruits how to do everything the proper way.

"How to skate properly, how to stop properly, how to fall properly is huge and how to hit properly."

Wednesday’s practice was just a bit of competitive fun between teammates but Berberea says her teammates mean so much to her and she and the others have been able to benefit from it.

"Oh my gosh, this is just an outlet. I don't know what I was doing with my time before roller derby, but I can't imagine spending my time any other way now. It literally is a hobby, it's a social group, it's my workout,” said Berberea.

If you want to participate, the open recruitment is Sunday, August 3. It starts at 4:00 p.m. at 103 S. Wallock Avenue in Lawton.

Berberea says they are also looking for more referees, non-skating officials and volunteers.


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