Amygdala hyjackher #77
Ali Bam Her Slam Her #118
So what brings me to roller derby you wonder? Well you are certainly not alone in that thought! (right mom? LOL!) I can't quite say that I have always had a burning desire to put on fishnets and lace up some roller skates but yet somehow here I am.
It all started after I read an article in our local newspaper (by Cracklin' Rosie actually) and I just couldn't get the idea of roller derby out of my head. I went out to the info session and there I met Tink Pink..."hey you look normal, want to be my friend?" she says to me.
I have made a lot of new friends that are now my derby family and I am getting an awesome workout and having such a great time. These women are all very passionate and believe in the (derby) sisterhood.
A special thanks to my biggest fans, my husband and our two girls. Maybe future Jr. Derby girls??? My name is Alison and I'm proud to say I'M A DERBY CHICK!
Amy Farrah Fouler # 118
Bashin' Blonde # 0304
Bloody Lovett # 101
My name is Bloody Lovett #101 and I am a transplant from Comox B.C. I put on my first pair of Roller skates in the 70’s. My feet were always numb from those old metal wheels until my parents got me a beautiful pair of Brown Suede Boot skates from a trip they took to California. Even though I had outgrown those skates many years ago I held on to them until 2001. I finally parted with those skates thinking I would never skate again.
In early 2010, I saw the movie "Whip It" I couldn’t believe that Roller Derby was making a comeback. I really wanted to try it but had no idea where to start. It seems I wasn’t the only one because in June I saw an ad in the local paper about a team forming in the Comox Valley. I immediately signed up and became a Comox Valley Rink Minx Rollergirl. It was a year long journey learning the skills to play Roller Derby and getting a fledgling team off the ground. My time with the Rink Minx ended July 2010 after a banner year that saw the first ever Vancouver Island Rookie Roller Derby Tournament.
Due to work, I moved my family across the country to Borden ON, sad to leave my team behind and not knowing what the future held.
One night during Christmas Vacation I took my family Roller Skating at a rink in the Orillia area there I met some wonderful women who told me about their Derby league and asked me to come visit them. That, as they say, was that. I am now proud to be a Renegade Derby Dame.
CR8'N KAOS # 527
Off the track, my name is Andrea, but once my wheels start rolling I'm
CR8N' KAOS #527. I have to be honest. My first love is my GS500F
mototcycle. Yet, Derby is definately giving my sweet ride a run for her
money. Roller Derby gives me that same Heart-throbbing, spine-tingling
feeling I get when I ride. I had never heard of Roller Derby before but
luckily, MAD MEGZ invited me to a bout that her and her girls kicked
some serious ass in! Although I was lost and totally confused about the
way to play the game, I LOVED the fact that it was a full contact
sport. So I signed up for "Fresh Meat", and low and behold here I am
rolling with some pretty bitches!
Daemon Star # 88
My love of roller derby began as a child watching the crazy antics of
the WWF style "game" of the 70s. It was then, as I rolled around my
basement that I thought, now that looks like some fun! Now these many
years later my fantasies have all come true. Real roller derby is SO
much better then I could have imagined, I get to hit hard AND wear
fishnets. I have met an amazing group of women who support and motivate
each other and I am growing stronger everyday. Don't get in my way.
Not long ago I was desperately drifting through life. I had lost my mother to ALS,
was quite overweight as a result of personal neglect, and was generally
frustrated with my life. I had a big wake-up call last year, started to
lose weight (yay!), and began doing things that made me happy. By shear
luck I somehow found roller derby and the Renegade family. This sport
and my amazing teammates, as cliche as it sounds, have saved my soul!
Now, by day I am a dedicated science teacher and mom, but by night I am
Ethyl A. Mean, the science geek derby girl! My frustrations are taken
out on the track and I have found the spark I thought I'd lost in my
teens. BOOM! Feel that? That's S4N4 blowing up the track. Better watch
it...I'm on fire!
Felony Good # 9
In the real world they call me Celena but on the flat track I'm Felony Good, #9. Named by my favourite Canadian Musician, Matthew Good, and rocking his favourite number on my back, Roller Derby has saved my soul from the Devil... who's on "Roller Skates. Down at the Roller Rink. Pickin' up chicks..."
My Name is Dolores and so what can I
say – Roller Derby huh, what? At my age? What started out as a venture into
recreational roller skating has turned into something that’s almost
a “way of life”. I guess Derby to me
is another way to stay active, have a great time and kick ass all at
the same time. The feeling of family is great and now I have so many
wonderful derby sisters! By day I am a driving instructor and the funny thing is I am finding more
and more ladies getting involved in derby that I have taught to
drive. So c'mon out and see Fender Bender
and the rest of the Renegade Derby Dames!
What can I say about Derby other than I just Love, Love, Love it.
I was reading the paper one day and saw an ad about a Freshmeat meeting. As crazy as it sounded, I thought I would go check it out. I walked into the meeting nervous as hell; I took a deep breath and walked over to the other girls. I have been hooked ever since. All I want to do now is put on my skates and go!
My parents named me Locky, but now, I’m Flyin’ O’Brien. It suits me way better because I would rather be on my skates than anything else, and when I’m on them, I feel like I’m flying!!!
I have bowled, played baseball and I even golf, but nothing makes me feel the way Derby does. It’s a love I never knew existed. What makes it even better is the support I get from my Husband, kids, family and friends. They all think it’s crazy, but that’s me...crazy Flyin’ O’Brien, # 747!!!!
At 40, I went for my annual physical and my doctor told me that I needed
to start exercising so that my bones wouldn’t start to deteriorate.
She also said that driving my kids to hockey wouldn’t cut it! I was
athletic as a kid but when I had my own kids, I put my love for sports
on the shelf to support them. I tried baseball and ball hockey, but
never really got that intense workout I was looking for.
one day, I walked past a booth at Kempenfest in downtown Barrie and
realized I had found it! That sport I was looking for! I pointed at the
booth and my family’s jaws collectively dropped. “Roller Derby? Really
mom?” my daughter said. “You’re too old for that”, my son added, and my
husband just shook his head. That was all I needed and the next month I
signed up for “Fresh Meat”.
This is the best thing I have ever
done...the workout I was looking for, plus the camaraderie of a team and
I wear my bruises with pride! Now I can feed my chocolate addiction
without guilt and I can’t wait to see my doctor’s reaction at my next
physical. Somehow I don’t think she was suggesting a full contact sport
to protect my bones. Go big or go home! Go-Dive-A CHL8
Gretta GoGo # 76
Gretta GoGo was a Swedish film actress during Hollywood’s silent period. Despite her popularity as a silent movie star, MGM Studios feared her accent might impair her work in sound when talking roles became popular and replaced her with an English speaking actress. Gretta was devastated and vowed to take down her replacement and reclaim her rightful place as queen of the silver screen.
Her bitterness turned to rage and she took to the streets on an old pair of roller skates, desperate to relieve the anger. She came across a tavern patron and beat her, fleeing the scene before she could be discovered. This random act of violence strangely seemed to quell the aggression, but it was only temporary. Gretta still prowls the streets on eight wheels looking for victims, and ultimately, the one who dethroned her and ruined her career. With each assault, she leaves a wheel shaped bruise on the bodies of the fallen.
Grim Gables # 34
Off the track, Grim spends her time promoting free access to
literature, technology, and information.
But don't let this sweet librarian face fool you. On the track, Grim will turn your life into a
perfect graveyard of buried hopes. No
need for shushing here; she will silence you with a quick hip-check. And if you mess with any of her "kindred
spirits," she'll break a slate over your head.
Grizzly-Locks # 182
My name is Jenn, on the track I'm Jam'ntaz 1969. I used to roller
skate every friday night as a teen ager then hadn't been on skates in
forever. I had the opportunity to go see a derby bout and I instantly
fell in love with the sport. I was drawn to it, it was calling my name.
I signed up for the first available fresh meat, got my gear and away I
went!! I'm still new to this sport, and am constantly learning. I
found myself in a group of fabulous ladies (and a few terrific gentlemen
refs) who have been supportive in my development as a roller derby
Katie K.O. # 39
My name is Katie K.O. because I'm the Knock-Out who's going to Knock you Out right before I get Kicked Out of the arena.
I also know what it is like to get Knocked-Out by a Knock-Out, to be Kicked-Out by a Knock-Off, and Kneeled On in a Kick-Off.
My picture is in the dictionary next to 'Knock-Out' and a picture of some broken faces.
Knock, Knock. Who's There?
As a rink rat in the early 80s, I probably spent more time
on wheels than in shoes, practicing artistic, speed, and even dance skating,
but I mostly gave it up after high school.
Years later, when I found out about the rebirth of roller derby (Thanks,
Drew Barrymore!), I couldn’t resist strapping on a pair of quads again. Discovering roller derby has been like
finding a whole new world for me. Since
I started, I’ve been honoured to share the track with some of the most strong,
supportive, and amazing women I’ve ever known, and I’m so grateful to them for teaching
me not only how to play this incredible sport, but also so much about what I
had inside. The determination,
self-confidence, and even athleticism I found within myself has been both a
blessing and a surprise. The truth is, I
just can’t get enough roller derby… I guess you could say I get a bit Keri
I now have two passions in my life Ringette and ROLLER DERBY! I have
loved being a Ringette player and coach but since signing up for Fresh
Meat I have become an avid Roller Derby Girl as well!
name is kimBUSTion and my # is 150. My # represents how tall I am in
centimeters off skates but don’t let my short stature fool you because
the heat from my 8 wheels causes spontaneous kimBUSTion!
think that I am crazy to be part of this wild, fierce and exhilarating
sport. Sometimes I wonder if they are right but then I think of all the
amazingly strong, athletic and supportive friends I have met through
roller derby. Since joining I have grown stronger both physically and
mentally. Each practice, game, and scrimmage brings a new challenge and
usually a new bruise or two! I love that I get to bond with my sister
Pip Tatters over “derby war stories”.
Megan, P.I. # 308GTSRandy Roll Lin said, " you should join roller derby". I said, " no, I can't . I might get hurt".
Randy Roll Lin asked, " when are you going to join roller derby?" I said, " I can't I am too busy."
Randy Roll Lin gave me her old pair of skates and said, " no more excuses!"
I signed up.
Joining the RDD league has been one of the most amazing , life altering choices I have ever made .
Laya Down #720
The Mighty Q # Q107
My name is Alanna Clancy but on the
track I'm Pink Slamminade #100. I fell in love with derby at first sight and
abandoned my rollerblades for some quad skates and have loved every
(bumpy/clumsy/exhilarating) minute since. Outside of derby I love cooking,
photography, and (duh?) the colour pink. And I will kick your ass.
Sara Phim # 28
Growing up in PEI, I frequented my parent's cement basement in roller
skates and the local Skate Country. I dreamed of some sport that
included eight wheels but when I couldn't find one, took to two wheels
and biked across North America in 2008. However my dreams became a
reality as I read about local roller derby in the newspaper after having
twin boys. I joined the Renegade Derby Dames as an "angel terminator"
and love the exercise, friendships and bruises.
As a military brat I grew up on several different
bases around Canada, and never have I seen such a great sport as I do with
Roller Derby. From the first time I walked into a rink and tied up a pair of
skates, to the first bout I saw live, I knew I was in love. Derby is more than
just a sport it’s a culture, an attitude, a sisterhood and the greatest outlet
from my everyday college life. Derby has consumed my every available waking
moments and I’m okay with that.
Stringer # 222
Tink Pink # 13
My name is Tink Pink and my number is 13. I read an article in my local paper written by Janis Ramsey (now Cracklin' Rosie) about how Keri Daway got back into roller skating, but this time derby, not artistic skating. I couldn't get the article out of my mind, so I went out for the boot camp. Now I'm on the same team as both of them.
Bombshell Battalion "Wanted" Head Shots by Antony Lawrence. Check our his photos on Flickr.