Roller derby roars back into action

The largest roller derby league in Canada is skating into its first official season with a double-header in Rossland April 16.

The largest roller derby league in Canada is skating into its first official season with a double-header in Rossland April 16.

The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League presents “The Quads Must Be Crazy,” featuring a bout between Salmo’s Babes of Brutality and Rossland’s Gnarlie’s Angels.

The entertainment will once again be turned up during the fan-favourite bout, which will be accompanied by a first-time appearance for the two new Nelson teams, the Killjoys and the Lumber Jackies.

“Women haven’t had an empowering sport in a very long time,” said Shelly Grice-Gold from the Babes of Brutality. “Full contact sport is usually made for men and then adjusted for women to play. Roller derby was made for women and mountain women are strong, we can handle it.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Rossland arena, with bout time at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at Phat Angel, $15 at the door. Last year’s bout sold out quickly so those looking to cheer on the derby girls should act fast.

For more information on bouts or to volunteer, contact the league at wkwrollerderby@yahoo.ca.