Although it’s a full contact sport that’s tough, fast and action-packed, flat track roller derby offers more than a rough ride on roller skates.

“It offers a sisterhood — that is huge — you have 30 news friends and the sisterhood goes throughout the derby world,” said Elena Chalmers, a member of Edmonton’s Oil City Derby Girls.

Having been a member for the last three years, Chalmers is pumped to see the sport take off after a few decades of dormancy.

“Roller derby used to happen in the ’70s and ’80s ... it died down for a bit and we want to bring it back,” she said. The girls are set to take on Calgary’s Hellion Rebellion for the Wild Rose Cup on Sept. 18 at the Edmonton Expo Centre.

“This is the biggest venue yet,” exclaimed Chalmers. “We are pumped beyond belief.”

The league welcomes all girls and encourages those interested to stop by the Metro Sportplex in Griesbach during their practices. Visit www.oilcityderbygirls.ca for more information about flat track roller derby and tickets for the Wild Rose Challenge.