Rage City Rollergirls numbers up for first time in three years

Anchorage(KTUU) If you're looking for a way to meet new people, the women of Rage City Rollergirls encourage you to come down to a practice of theirs and see if roller derby is for you.

"Just the good sense of generosity, sharing in your skills, sharing in your time," says Angelica Figueroa, one of the new skaters this year.

Newbie skaters are called "Fresh Meat" and those numbers are up by 40% this year compared to the last three years.

"We're really, a really great team. We just want to see more women come out, even if it's just to see a game," Mali Tesson says, another Fresh Meat skater.

While roller derby is a rough and tumble sport, the women say you shouldn't let that deter you.

"It's like a little family. There's always camaraderie, you always have someone to fall back on, and for some reason if you can't skate or are constantly hurt, you have a family behind you," Katherine Bamt, says.

Bamt is a member of the Rage City All Stars, the elite team of skaters within Rage City Rollergirls and she says this team is her home away from home.

And if you're looking for a way to keep in shape? Roller derby can help with that as well.

President Angela Ramirez says it's quite the workout.

"It allows you an opportunity to stay fit, stay in shape, stay active, be part of something that's bigger," Ramirez says. "Be part of something that's going to grow and continue on. "

If you're wanting to check out a practice, Thursdays are when the all stars and the newbies skate from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fridays are for the Sockeye Sally's, the middle tier team, from 8:30 to 10 p.m., and Sunday is an all league scrimmage from 7:30 to 9.

The Rage City Rollergirls practice at the O'Malley Centre in the same building as Get Air