Roller Derby: Roller Girls keep it simple

The fastest growing women’s sport in the world has taken off in the West Kootenay with an exciting season ready to roll this month.

Rossland and Trail have learned to agree on one thing – roller derby.

The fastest growing women’s sport in the world has taken off in the West Kootenay with an exciting season ready to roll this month.

The Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) are making their debut at the April 13th season opener held at the Rossland Arena.

Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers look to take down their nemeses, Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, during the first bout of the evening, followed by Nelson’s KillJoys battle against RTRG.

This may be a newly amalgamated team but some of the women representing are far from fresh meat.

The kick-ass team – made up of the former Gnarlie’s Angels and Bad News Betties (Trail) -naturally fell into place after the West Kootenay Roller Derby League’s seven-team structure was reduced to five. The enormity of the league led to much demand for the non-profit that depends on dedicated volunteers, sponsors, players and their supportive families to put on bouts.

The league has now simplified the local sport by fusing together Rossland and Trail into RTRG and merging the two former Nelson teams under the title of the KillJoys.

The arena doors open April 13th at 4 p.m. The first whistle blows at 5 p.m. and after the two-hour bout more excitement will follow at 7 p.m. This family affair includes a 50/50, team merchandise, food and beverages (including beer garden).

For more information on tickets visit Facebook or Twitter at kootenayrollerderby.com.