Women brawl, find family on local roller derby teams (SLIDESHOW)

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The Okaloosa Rollers practice in Davidson Middle School’s gym in Crestview.

NICK TOMECEK / Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM.

The woman skated unsteadily across the rink, still awkward in roller skates. As she took another stride, she lost her balance, arched her back in an attempt to regain it, but fell to the floor with a thud.

Almost immediately, a chorus of voices called out.

“Are you OK?”

“You’re all right!”

“Good try!”

“You got this!”

It was a moment from a practice of the Fort Walton Beach roller derby team, the Beach Brawl Sk8R Dolls. It was almost interchangeable with one at the practice Crestview’s team, the Okaloosa Rollers.

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