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Together We Roll — Creating a Roller Derby Documentary

Together We Roll — Creating a Roller Derby Documentary

By Eden Ramsay (@EdenRamsay)

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The winning roller derby team of the night, Valkyries’ Wrath, greet a young fan during a game. (EDEN RAMSAY PHOTO)

Together We RollWinnipeg is home to one of the fastest-growing sports out there and it’s been almost a year since I started making a documentary about it.

With qualities that make it unlike any other, it’s easy to see why roller derby is gaining such a large fanbase. I’ve attended Winnipeg Roller Derby League (WRDL) games for a few years now and instantly fell in love with the sport.

“Together We Roll” is a short documentary (around 10 minutes) covering a number of topics related to derby and what makes it different than other sports. These include how derby is played, its all-inclusive nature, and the challenges players face.

For a breakdown of how the game is played, it’s contact sport with two teams of five members skating in the same direction around the track. A designated player, known as the “jammer,” scores points by passing members of the opposing team. Other teammates, known as “blockers,” aim to assist their jammer, while making it more difficult for the opposing team’s jammer.

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Roller Derby League Fundraising for Women’s Health Clinic

Roller Derby League Fundraising for Women’s Health Clinic

Members of the Winnipeg Roller Derby League skate at The Forks in this file photo. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

The Winnipeg Roller Derby League will be skating in support of the Women’s Health Clinic this season.

The league has selected the clinic as their charity of choice for 2012, where its 80 members will organize a number of fundraising events to provide additional funding for eating disorder educational programming at the centre. Their goal is $5,000.

“Our skaters and membership are united in wanting to support our community and to be involved with organizations that improve the quality of life for Winnipeggers,” said the league’s director of development Lara McCabe, who goes by the name “Frosty Peaches” on the track. “We feel strongly that there is much work to be done in the area of eating disorders and are thrilled to be able to support the WHC as our Charity of Choice for 2012.”

Past charities to benefit from the league include the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre and the Dream Factory (formerly the Rainbow Society).

A skate-a-thon to kick off fundraising efforts is planned for Sunday, June 10 at the Fort Garry Curling Club. Donations can also be made by e-mailing info@winnipegrollerderby.com.

Junior Roller Derby League Debuting May 5

Junior Roller Derby League Debuting May 5

Players from the Winnipeg Junior Roller Derby League mix it up with veterans during a demo skate at The Forks on Saturday, April 28, 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
A handful of teammates from the new Winnipeg Junior Roller Derby League (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The Winnipeg Roller Derby League is expanding to include newer blood. Youth aged 10- to 17-years-old are now in a league of their own for the upcoming season.

Saturday at The Forks, a demo skate was held to create buzz for the 22 players who have been training since January. Various sizes and athletic abilities of the participants have made up the new junior league, which includes only two boys. Coach Kim “Ella Hitzgerald” says of the players were apprehensive at first, but their self confidence has greatly improved. The juniors picked their own team names, “Blackeye Bruisers” and “Deadly Reds,” and are ready to rumble during their first bout on May 5 at the Fort Garry Curling Club.

Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Roller Derby League Demos Coming Season

Roller Derby League Demos Coming Season

By Brian Schultz

The Corporation and Valkyries' Wrath from the Winnipeg Roller Derby League battle during Crushes & Carnage at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in this file photo. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

The ladies of the Winnipeg Roller Derby League will lace up today ahead of releasing their summer game schedule.

The league will hold a fun demo skate event from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Forks to promote the upcoming season.

New this year is the addition of the Winnipeg Junior Roller Derby League for skaters aged 10 to 17.

The first bout of the season is Saturday, May 5. Ticket information can be found at WinnipegRollerDerby.com.

Roller Derby League Raises Challenge to Give Blood

The Winnipeg Roller Derby League battles it out at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in this April 2011 file photo. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The no-nonsense ladies from the Winnipeg Roller Derby League are doing their part to contribute to the Canadian Blood Service’s supply.

“Our League strives to give back to our community and blood is something that is used in Manitoba everyday,” said Laura Medwid, who goes by “Foxy FireCracksHer” on the track. “We can all think of a time where a family member needed this service when sick or injured.”

Besides battling on the track, WRDL teams Backseat Betties, The Corporation and Valkyries’ Wrath will compete today to see who can donate the most blood at the Winnipeg Blood Donor Clinic, 777 William Avenue.

The challenge is also open to the public, so anyone wanting to roll up their own sleeves can call 1 (888) 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to set up an appointment.

The ladies will be raising awareness of the importance to give blood on Saturday during the 2011 Roller Derby Championship at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Competitors will be wearing their ABO blood type on their uniforms. Tickets for the championship are still available at Ticketmaster. The match-ups begin at 7:30 p.m.

Win Tickets to the Roller Derby League’s Championship

Win Tickets to the Roller Derby League’s Championship

The Winnipeg Roller Derby League will hold their 2011 championship on Saturday, September 24 and ChrisD.ca wants to send you to see the carnage.

Teams “The Corporation” and “Valkyries’ Wrath” will duke it out on the floor of the Winnipeg Convention Centre. The bouts get underway at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $13 at Ticketmaster or try your chances by entering to win.

How do I enter?

Fill out the entry form below and we’ll select 15 winners at random who will pick up two tickets each.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, September 15 at 5 p.m. CT. Winners will be notified the following day. Winners can pick up their tickets anytime before the event at Peach Jam Skates on the main floor of the Johnston Terminal at The Forks during normal business hours. Manitoba residents only, please. Good luck!

More information is available at WinnipegRollerDerby.com.

All personal information is handled in accordance to our Privacy Policy and then discarded once winners are notified.

Winnipeg Roller Derby League Opens Season

Winnipeg Roller Derby League Opens Season

Ladies of the Winnipeg Roller Derby League battle it out at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Saturday, April 30, 2011. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The Winnipeg Roller Derby League opened their season on Saturday to a packed house at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

About 1,600 people gathered to see ladies behaving badly on the track.

“Spring Fling” featured three teams, including The Corporation, BackSeat Betties and Valkyries’ Wrath in an all-out battle.

ChrisD.ca gave away tickets to the season opener and sent 20 people to the matchup. Watch for future WRDL ticket giveaways.

View the photo gallery below.

Win Tickets to the Roller Derby League’s Season Opener

Win Tickets to the Roller Derby League’s Season Opener

The Winnipeg Roller Derby League is holding their season opener on Saturday, April 30 and ChrisD.ca wants to send you to see the carnage.

These ladies don’t hold back on the track and won’t let anyone get in their way.

Three teams will battle it out at the Winnipeg Convention Centre as part of Spring Fling beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $13 at Ticketmaster or try your chances by entering to win.

How do I enter?

Fill out the entry form below and we’ll select 10 winners at random who will pick up two tickets each.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 27 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Winners will be notified on Thursday, April 28. Winners can pick up their tickets anytime before the event at Peach Jam Skates on the main floor of the Johnston Terminal at The Forks between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Manitoba residents only, please. Good luck!

More information is available at WinnipegRollerDerby.com.

All personal information is handled in accordance to our Privacy Policy and then discarded once winners are notified.

Roller Derby Draws Crowds for ‘Crushes & Carnage’

Roller Derby Draws Crowds for ‘Crushes & Carnage’

The Corporation and Valkyries' Wrath from the Winnipeg Roller Derby League battle during Crushes & Carnage at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Saturday, November 13, 2010. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

An estimated 1,500 people were up to see ladies pummel each other Saturday night, but not to worry, it was all in the name of sport.

The Winnipeg Roller Derby League held its Crushes & Carnage event at the Convention Centre and battled it out among three different teams for ultimate supremacy.

The league is drawing all sorts of attention these days for its in-your-face style and unique outfits, to the fascination people have with seeing ladies on roller skates push, shove and trip each other to the ground. Sounds like fun to us.

View the photo gallery below.

Roller Derby League Creates Flash Mob Spectacle

Roller Derby League Creates Flash Mob Spectacle

By David Klassen

Members of the Winnipeg Roller Derby League skate at The Forks on Saturday, November 6, 2010 to promote their upcoming Crushes & Carnage competition. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

The ladies of the Winnipeg Roller Derby League staged a flash mob performance at The Forks on Saturday to promote their upcoming Crushes & Carnage event.

Skaters practiced some of their fancy moves for onlookers and played a popular game of Twister on roller skates. The only thing missing was a disco ball.

ChrisD.ca is proud to support the League and is giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to their November 13th event at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Enter here and you’re in to win. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 10 at 11:59 p.m.