Okanagan Derby Dolls looking for fresh meat this August

Okanagan Derby Dolls player Winona Phillips (No. 4) in roller derby action. The Derby Dolls are holding a player recruitment drive this August. - Clinton Myers
Okanagan Derby Dolls player Winona Phillips (No. 4) in roller derby action. The Derby Dolls are holding a player recruitment drive this August.
— image credit: Clinton Myers

Her derby name is Major Psycho but she is anything but.

It's a play on words for Kelowna's Winona Phillips, a 34 year old mother of two.

But when she hits the floor as a member of the Okanagan Derby Dolls, one of three teams that skate in the Okanagan Shuswap Roller Derby Association, she tends to live up to the name, leaving it all out there on the floor in the growing sport of roller derby.

Like many, Phillips uses the sport as an outlet from the hectic pace of everyday life.

"Derby absolutely is a physical outlet for me," said Phillips, a psychology major at UBC Okanagan. "I have two kids and a loving husband and I study full time so it's a great workout and something like derby to take my mind off of things is nice. In derby you absolutely must be paying attention to what's happening on the track or you could be caught off guard."

The Okanagan Derby Dolls are holding a recruitment drive this August, looking for more players to join their team and keep the league vibrant.

Phillips herself was once one of the newbies—called fresh meat in derby lingo—as she began training in June of last year and has never looked back, adding the adventure in roller derby has been inspiring.

"When you first start you will be sore, you will fall, you will feel muscles you've never felt before," she said. "Once that goes away you will feel challenged to improve yourself and your game. You will feel more inspired than you can imagine by other fresh meat recruits and by your derby heroes."

With the league in summer mode in June and July, the Okanagan Derby Dolls are in preparation mode for the coming season which will start on Sept.1

There are two house league teams in the OSRBA: The Dolls and the Candy Strykers as well as a travel team, the OSRDA all stars.

Phillips says they are hoping many new players come out to enjoy the sport and are planning its bootcamp for Tuesday and Thursday nights in August, pending the availability of a practice facility.

Phillips says it's all about getting new faces out to the sport.

"Holding a bootcamp in August should help prepare the freshies for what is to come," she said. "We always encourage girls to progress at their own pace and to challenge themselves to reach their goals."

If you are interested in taking part in the Okanagan Derby Dolls bootcamp in August, e-mail or check out the league web site at

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