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Roller derby gets you out of your comfort zone

Elizabeth Girard, A.K.A. “Bertha Victory,” is among the members of the North Country Lumber Jills roller derby team preparing for a bout against the Twin City Riots Saturday, Oct. 29.

Elizabeth Girard, A.K.A. “Bertha Victory,” is among the members of the North Country Lumber Jills roller derby team preparing for a bout against the Twin City Riots Saturday, Oct. 29.

— As a mother, I am often so family centered I don’t take time for myself. Roller derby provides the exercise to stay healthy and the much needed camaraderie of the team. I can then return home fulfilled and ready to refocus on family needs. The roller derby community is family friendly and gives mothers a chance to be strong female role models for their children. Recently, I took my 4-year-old to buy Legos as a treat. He requested roller skates saying, “Now, I can be just as fast as you!”

Roller derby can easily consume one’s life and too much time off wheels brings withdrawals. Time management becomes essential. It is easy to get bogged down by striving to be the best mom, best massage therapist, and best derby player I can be. While these are significant goals it is important to know that I can’t do it all. Focusing on one thing at a time and staying positive keeps me going. Stepping out of my comfort zone to try roller derby is a decision I’ll never regret.

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