from CT RollerGirls
AS IF working full time, taking a full student course load and managing the student newspaper at Western Connecticut State University wasn’t enough, Laurie Lawless felt like she needed more.
Then, in November of last year, Lawless’ friend wanted to get her away from her books and took her see the CT RollerGirls (CTRG) bout against opponents the Long Island Roller Rebels, and she fell in love. “They had beer, cupcakes, and strong, athletic women racing around and hitting each other; it was
awesome,” she says. “But there were also rules, and it was a legit sport. I wanted try out immediately.”
“Between work and school [and the roller derby], it gets kind of difficult to juggle it all, but I really love it and I really want it. If I’ve learned nothing else over the last year, it’s that you can accomplish anything, as long as you put your mind to it.”
Although her school schedule forced her to wait until the following July to try out, Lawless bought a pair of skates right away and began hitting open skate sessions twice a week in Waterbury.
“I wanted to be as ready as I could for try-outs, and I hadn’t skated in years, nor was I very athletic previously,” Lawless recalls. “I wanted to be as on top of my game as I could be.”
Now, a little more than a year after watching her first bout, Lawless is known as “Folsom Bruise (a play on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Blues”), and is a member of CTRG’s B-team, the Yankee Brutals. Lawless also sits on the league’s public relations committee, where she spends a few hours a week working to help publicize CTRG.
“Between work and school, it gets kind of difficult to juggle it all, but I really love it and I really want it,” she says. “If I’ve learned nothing else over the last year, it’s that you can accomplish anything, as long as you put your mind to it.”
CTRG’s season opener is Saturday, March 31 in Woodbridge, Conn., where the WestConn senior will make her roller derby debut.
CT RollerGirls, Inc. (CTRG) is Connecticut’s premier all-female flat track roller derby league. Established in March, 2006, we are proud to represent Connecticut as part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in local, regional, national, and worldwide competitions. CTRG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is entirely skater owned and operated.