Taking its place along the pink tape line on the floor is a team of fierce-looking athletes. Tattoos, dyed hair, dark makeup, roller skates, and one woman, called a jammer, to face them. Can’t go under them, can’t go over them, she’ll have to go through them.
Barrelling in from France, Germany, the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and all over the U.S., the toughest women in roller derby arrived at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to fight it out at the International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association D2 Playoffs and Championships last weekend.
With nicknames such as “I’llah Smashya,” “MC Slamher,” and “Pain Train,” these girls pushed, shoved, body-slammed, and broke through around and around the track to victory. In the end, the Boston Roller Derby came out on top.