Houston-area women push each other to success through roller derby

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ROSENBERG, Texas -- We're rolling back the hands of time in sports history with roller derby.

The full-contact sport is growing in the Houston area.

The Yellow Rose Derby Girls, based out of Rosenberg, Texas, is internationally accredited by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

"To see where we've come from, from day one, to where are now, over four years later, is beyond anything that I thought it would ever be," the team's founder, Texas Thaiphoon, said.

The ladies get physical using only their hips and shoulders, unlike the way the game was played nearly a century ago.

No matter your position on the team, roller derby in itself is quite a workout.

However, don't let the competitiveness crush your confidence.  There's plenty of team spirit for everyone on the floor.

Members of the diverse team embrace welcome women of all colors, shapes and sizes and from every walk of life.

"It doesn't matter if you're small, there's an advantage for that.  If you're big, there's an advantage for that," said roller derby jammer Luna Shovegood.

"Roller derby has become very therapeutic for me, where I just be here for two hours, clear my head, get out all the frustrations, in a positive way, and hang out with these girls and go home and feel like I did something for myself," teammate Manila Ice said.

For more information on how you can join the Yellow Rose Derby Girls, or attend a game, check their website here.

We're pretty sure they'll help you get rolling on the right track!



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