Local roller derby league serves as therapy on the track
PHOENIX – It’s not your typical sport, and you will get bumps and bruises. But for emergency nurse Diana Percival, putting on her skates and hitting the track is what she’s looking forward to after a long week at work.
“It’s like a great physical, emotional and mental outlet,” Percival said. “I can come and take everything out on the track.”
Many members of the Desert Dolls Roller Derby League happen to be the first responders. But they are also teachers, mechanics and everyday women and men of different sizes and strengths.
“Every body type is going to do a job on the track,” said Adriana Escarsega, league manager. “It’s good not to be good at this because I’m good at this, and we equalize. “
No experience is necessary. In fact, many league members have never skated before joining us. But Escarsega says every skater learns the ins and outs until they can safely participate.
“I didn’t know how to skate when I started,” Escarsega said. “I had never been on skates before. I walked in and I was this really wobbly person on a pair of skates and they teach you from scratch.”
Each skater transforms into their own alter ego – a great escape on some of their toughest days.
“My skate name is Frida Kahlor, it’s a pun on Frida Kahlo, a very famous Mexican artist,” Escarsega said. “Whoever you are in your day-to-day life is gone and you are here to be that person, that skater.”
“It’s the best therapy,” Percival said.
To learn more about Desert Dolls Roller Derby, click here.