In April of 2011, a small group of skaters and referees came together to form the Renegade Derby Dames, a roller derby league under the guidelines of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. The founders came from multiple leagues in the Toronto and Barrie areas, but all shared one vision of a league run for the skaters and by the skaters. Creating a non-profit organization, based on democratic principles, and operating as part of the larger derby community was their primary goal. They knew it would take a lot of dedication and effort, but they set out to start organizing, fundraising, recruiting, and doing community outreach. And here we are, excited to be in our second season, and hoping to take the derby world by storm!
We're happy to announce that our travel team, the Misfit Militia is currently ranked #12 of travel teams on the Canadian Derby Rankings! On the road last season, we beat Peterborough's Electric City Rollers, 217 to 41, in July, and in August, we beat Kingston's Limestone CrusHers, 233 to 52. We also won our first home bout last November against Durham Region Roller Derby's travel team, the Durham Devils, 159-57, and this March against Greater Toronto's Derby Debutantes, 361-17. In May, we narrowly lost to Capital City Derby Dolls' Dolly Rogers, 80-58, in our most exciting bout so far.
Last year, we successfully completed several fundraisers, including a Live Music Show at the Foxx, a Day of Paintball at Soldier Gear, a garage sale, a bottle drive and a car wash. We lined up several sponsors for the league, we contributed to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation for women's shelters and violence prevention, and we donated a Derby Girl For A Day package for the David Busby Centre Silent Auction to benefit the homeless. We were been out promoting roller derby at Promenade, at the Rock & Roll Circus, as well as at Kempenfest, and we skated in the Alliston Potato Parade. In October, we also hosted a Halloween Fun Scrimmage for all the local roller derby leagues, and we participated in the Trick-or-Eat Campaign, gathering over 200 non-perishable food items for the Alliston Food Bank. And in December, we hosted our first Freshie Scrimmage, with new skaters from Greater Toronto Roller Derby, Durham Region Roller Derby, and Grey Bruce Roller Derby all joining our newest Dames for a fun time on the track.
This year, we have a bunch of great things lined up, both on and off the track. We have Home Bouts scheduled for March 10, May 12, September 1, and November 17 at the Alliston Memorial Arena, when we'll be taking on teams from Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, and more. We'll also be hitting the road to take on some teams on their turf, in Brantford, Ajax, Sudbury, and London, with more bouts to be announced soon! Also, this July, we'll be taking part in the Roller Derby Association of Canada's Eastern Region Tournament in Guelph, and our current round of Fresh Meat will be skating in the Fresh & Furious: GTA Drift Tournament in Toronto. Off the track, we're planning to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure, and look for us again in the Alliston Potato Parade this August. We'll also be launching Alliston's first Junior Roller Derby League April 15th for girls and boys age 6-18! You can check their website for more information.
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