‘Skater Smackdown’ raises money for charity

Posted at 10:44 PM, Mar 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-10 00:44:16-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- An event held Saturday featured roller derby and some tough women, and it was all for a good cause.

The matchup was between roller derby teams the Hot Wheelers and the Salt Flat Fallout, and 40 percent of the net ticket sales to the event will be donated to Camp Hobe—an annual summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings.

Roller derby skater Kathy Ricks said she has been enjoying her time with the sport.

“It looked like fun, and I’ve been having lots of fun with it—hitting girls, getting out some aggression,” she said.

Event co-chairperson “Bruiser Ego” said she was completely new to the sport, but she jumped in regardless.

“I got started when my best friend said, ‘my sister is starting a league, come out and skate,’” she said. “I had no idea what I was doing, and I fell in love.”

Bruiser Ego said roller derby attracts a wide variety of people, both in spectators and in participants.

“Yes, we have the fun skate names,” she said. “Yes, we love to put on the fishnets and have fun outfits, but it is really an athletic sport, so we get everybody who loves traditional sports and gets really into the strategy and the game-play of it. And we get people that it’s their first time here, and they fall in love with the whole spectacle of it.”

Click here for more information about the Wasatch Roller Derby.