Mid-State Sisters Of Skate Welcome All

Kristin Conway spends most days raising her family in Wausau, but a couple nights a week, Kristin, goes by a different name.

On the track, She's known as "M-K"

"I'm a 37 year-old stay at home mom of four, you wouldn't think i play roller derby," says Conway.

"M-K" is one of the founders of the Mid-State Sisters of Skate Roller Derby team in Stevens Point..

"I started this league in point then, set up some flyers and all these women showed up, that was almost five years ago."

A team made up of women from all parts of the state, sharing one common interest, the love of roller derby.

"I didn't know any of these women before starting this league, and now i would consider most of them my super close friends"

When these derby girls arent on the track, they are nurses, corrections officers, and stay at home moms.

Others are business professionals. Monica Prendergast is a food scientist.

"I work at a potato processing plant here in town.. "i make french fries during the day and roller skate at night," says Prendergast.

No matter the daytime occupation, each woman finds a spot on the track.

"Anybody can play, any body type is great, short people are great, tall people are great, big people are great, small people are great..every body type is accepted here."

For many its the first time.In a long time since they've strapped on skates.

It's the reason for the Fresh Meat course, 8 weeks of preparation before the first bout.

"We have former hockey players, former figure skaters and we have people who have never skated a day in their life and show up the first day and its like Bambi on ice, but with hard work and dedication, and mainly just the drive to do it," says Conway.

Pass the intro course, and its go-time.

"It's just so much fun, you get to strap on skates, you're skating around, it feels good, it's just a lot of fun, its fun to watch, it's fun to play, says Prendergast.

For the Mid-State Sisters of Skate, Roller Derby is a lot of things. A work out, a time for socializing, a chance to make life-long friends.

"I think even when my body tells me that i can't skate anymore im gonna still volunteer, still be involved, and do stuff, because these women are amazing, they really are," says Conway.

That's something Kristin Conway, or "M-K", will always want to be a part of.

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