Flat track roller derby is still riding the wave of its renaissance that started more than a decade ago and was further cemented with the formation of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. The sport of roller derby dates back to the 1930s, and with the advent of the flat track version (versus the banked track), it’s caught on like wildfire, including here in Maine where there are leagues in Portland and Bangor. Maine Roller Derby, based in Portland, was Maine’s first WFDTA-certified league, and if you’ve never been to a bout, you’ve been missing out — big time. The athleticism is jaw-dropping, and the sport is as exciting any sport can be.
Staff photo by Tim Greenway