By Eden Ramsay (@EdenRamsay)
Winnipeg 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.