Kristen Wiig

Roller derby women find sisterhood and encouragement on wheels

Roller derby women find sisterhood and encouragement on wheels

When Brenna Vigneau moved from Rhode Island to Aliso Viejo three years ago, she was so homesick she cried every day until the night when she went to Oktoberfest at Old World in Huntington Beach.

A couple of women roller-skated up to her and said something about how she seemed to like the beer she was drinking, so maybe she’d like roller derby.

They gave her a flier.

Vigneau had been a cheerleader in college. She also played rugby.

“I really liked the idea of being able to throw down,” she says. “And there’s so little opportunity for women to compete after college. I thought ‘I got to do this; this is awesome.’ ”

She showed up at the next Orange County...

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