Marcy “Pinky Gomez” Mock is a hard-hitting, elbow-throwing, hip-tossing, body-slamming jammer for Miami’s roller derby team — the Vice City Rollers.
On Saturday, the Vice City Rollers won their home opener at Suniland Hockey Rink with a 166-115 victory over the Bradentucky Bombers.
The sport of women’s roller derby is growing, and with each new match, more people are signing up to compete. There are hundreds of leagues across the world, and the sport is being considered for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.
But this isn’t a sport for the faint of heart. All that each skater is allowed to wear for protection are her helmet, elbow and knee pads, wrist guard and a set of roller skates — and this is a full-contact sport as Mock describes it.
“You can get pretty banged up out there; there have been a couple of ankle breaks, broke a couple ribs,” Mock said. “We are trained how to hit, body slam — that is how the game is played.”
During a roller derby match, two teams of five players each skate in the same direction around a track.
Both teams designate a jammer, who scores points by lapping players on the other team. The blockers on each team assist their own jammer while trying to keep the opposing team’s jammer from passing them.
Mock, 41, of Miami is a graphic designer and a spinning instructor. She decided to participate after attending an open house in May 2011.
“We are all athletes, and a lot of girls do it for the exercise. I remember seeing the roller derby back in the ’50s and ’60s on TV, and I grew up on roller skates,” Mock said. “I decided to do it before I couldn’t do it anymore.”
The Vice City Rollers were founded in 2011 and have a growing following. The team is allowed 14 skaters and two subs on the roster for each game.
One of the team’s founders, Kristen De La Rua, got her start with the Gold Coast Derby Girls but wanted to join a team closer to home.
“I got started after going to watch a friend who was playing with the GCDG, and after watching, I asked how to join up,” De La Rua said. “We are looking for more people to join up. We can use guys to be officials and some people to take score.”
Skaters must be older than 18 to try out for the team. There is also a junior league for girls younger than 18.
Miami’s next home game is March 2 against the Sintral Florida Derby Demons.
For more information,
email miamirollerderby @gmail.com.
Get your running shoes out for the Publix A1A Marathon on Feb. 16. The race will start at Seabreeze Boulevard and Harbor Drive in Fort Lauderdale.
The oceanside marathon takes a route down old A1A, where participants can enjoy palm-lined beaches during the run.
Registration is $120 for the full marathon and $100 for the half. Visit: www.A1Amarathon.com.
Whether or not you have your own board, you can participate in the DOWN2EARTH Stand Up Paddle Board Race Series on Feb. 16 at the Blue Marlin Fish House (2500 NE 163rd St. in North Miami Beach). The novice course runs 4.2 miles and the sport course is 8.4 miles. Registration is $70, which includes the board rental fee, or $50 if you have your own equipment.
For more information, visit www.active.com.