2 roller derby teams join up for competitive edge
Members of the Roughneck Roller Derby and Tulsa County Roller Derby leagues form the Tulsa Elite team.
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Tulsa’s two women’s roller derby leagues have formed the Tulsa Elite, a competitive travel team that will participate in its first out-of-state competition April 14 against the Cen-Tex Rollergirls in Temple, Texas.
“We have all this talent and a big group of skaters in Tulsa, but not enough involvement to support both leagues,” explains Jessica Coleman, a member of both leagues and the merger committee. Having a single women’s roller derby league in Tulsa will create a stronger and more competitive league to represent Tulsa within the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body for the sport, she says.
For now, both leagues’ home teams will continue to compete locally, while some league members also will compete for the Tulsa Elite. Coleman says the leagues have a total of more than 60 members.