www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen traveled across South Carolina, to neighboring states and even to California for bouts. They are excited to get the team back together since the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the sport’s governing body, has allowed them to resume practice. Their priority is to rebuild after an almost two-year absence. They are in the process of recruiting new members and training for their first bout once the whistle blows in 2023. Katie Knoll is 39 and known as Detroit Funk, or #313. She moved to Charleston from Detroit in 2008 for an electrical engineering position and warmer weather. She rented a place a block from the beach, and her roommate turned out to be one of the original members of the Lowcountry Highrollers. Knoll grew up figure skating and jumped at the opportunity to learn more about the team. “Skating comes naturally to me, and the strategy of the game captivates me,” she said. “The friendships I’ve made, adventures with the team and the strong amazing women I’ve met throughout the years have kept me committed to the sport and the team. I’m a lifer!” Roller derby is, in many ways, unique and revolutionary. The sport prides itself on staying in the fray and outside the play-it-safe mainstream. Roller derby is radical, intense and loud in every sense of the word. No other women’s sport is growing and gaining notoriety as quickly as roller derby, even amid a pandemic. From allowing players to choose “boutfits” that reflect their personalities to creating an environment that accepts all women equally, roller derby is said to be for “every body.” Team members are urged to come as they are, push their limits, embrace their power and partake in a sisterhood that lifts each other up both on and off the track. It’s hard to think of a sport that showcases athleticism, self-love and inclusion any better. Follow The Lowcountry Highrollers on Facebook to learn more about the team and how to join. feature Photo prov i ded. 921-A Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC•Next to Whole Foods 843.881.7073 • thebarstoolshop.com Largest Selection of Barstools in the Lowcountry! SHOP LOCAL We carry unusual heights. We also carry Tables, Chairs and More.