Awesome Okanagan: Okanagan women ready to roll out for derby league

Ladies of roller derby ready for their bouts.

  • Mar. 2, 2011 5:00 p.m.

The Peach Tarts are members of the Okanagan Roller Derby League. The Rock N Roller Derby will be held March 12 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. The Western Regional Roller Derby Tournament will be held in Kelowna

Ashley Perry

contributor

It’s been a fairly quiet winter for roller derby in the Okanagan, but behind the scenes the Okanagan Roller Derby League has been very busy.

With the amount of interest in roller derby these days the growth of the league was inevitable.  There was an overwhelming response from girls wanting to be involved when the league did their Fresh Meat intake last summer.  

For the last six months they’ve been training hard to get the new girls ready for the 2011 season of bouts, and ready they are.  

The Okanagan Roller Derby League is pleased to announce three new house teams:  The Bad Apple Betties, Sun City Sirens, and K City Rollers.  

The Peach Tarts you know and love are still a part of it all as the All Star travel team.

You know what this means?  Tons of roller derby bouts for Kelowna and the Okanagan this spring and summer.

The league will also be hosting a Western Regional Roller Derby Tournament in Kelowna, June 17-19.  It’s an entire weekend of roller derby and the first of this kind of tournament in British Columbia—an amazing opportunity for the sport and the community.  

It’s hard to believe that just a couple of years ago the Okanagan Roller Derby League was just an idea for a few girls in Peachland.  Since then the league has been growing at full force, now with more than 50 girls, and more to come.

Keep informed of the league’s progress by checking out http://okrd.ca/.  

If you’re interested in getting involved in roller derby in any capacity drop them a line.  Whether it be to coach, ref, or even volunteer at the bouts, there are many different opportunities to get involved.

But that’s not all, there’s even more exciting roller derby news for the Okanagan.

SS Rodeo Sports and Entertainment will be hosting Penticton’s first roller derby bout, March 12 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.  Rock N Roller Derby will feature British Columbian female flat track teams the Reign Valley Vixens vs. the Kootenay Cannibelles.  

Outlaw rock band Haymaker will be performing after the bout.   

Tickets are only $15 through www.valleyfirsttix.com, Kids under 5 get in for free.

This will be Penticton’s first taste of roller derby but certainly not its last as the SS Rodeo will be hosting events throughout the spring and summer. Go to www.ssrodeo.ca to stay in the loop.

Roller derby is a contact sport dating back to the 1930s, and has seen a huge comeback since the mid-2000s.  

The game is played by two teams skating around an oval track.  Each team has one scoring position (the jammer) who earns points for the team by skating through the pack of players (blockers), gaining a point for each opposing skater she passes.  

The blockers try to stop the other team’s jammer from passing, while trying to help their jammer get through.  

Flat track roller derby is currently the fastest growing sport in North America. Help keep the sport growing and support your local roller derby.

Ashley Perry, aka
Little Miss Chainsaw.

okrd.ca


 

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