Vancouver rollergirls are dominating Roller Derby World Cup

Terminal City All-Stars by Masonite Burn

Want me to talk derby to you? Here it goes. Vancouver’s very own Terminal City Rollergirls are annihilating the competition at the first ever Roller Derby World Cup, Dec. 1-4, in Toronto.

Team Canada, coached by Ian “Mack the Mouth” MacKenzie, a Coquitlam resident and coach of the Terminal City All-Stars, recruited three local ladies including Terminal City All-Stars’ Lucy “Luludemon” Croysdill and  Kim “8-Mean Wheeler” MacKenzie, along with Bobbi “Beretta Lynch” Barbarich of Nelson, BC.

Team Canada smothered France yesterday 244-17 in their first World Cup bout. They went on to smoke Sweden this morning with a whopping score of 196-26. You can watch Team Canada whip it live on Derby News Network. Read on to hear what’s next for the team in the playoffs.

Later on today, Team Canada will take on Brazil, which should be an easy win since Sweden beat Brazil and Team Canada beat Sweden. Then come the elimination and placement bouts, culminating with the ultimate showdown Sunday evening, Dec. 4.

Is the action real?

Yah. Unlike professional wrestling, the action in roller derby is real. For proof, feel free to browse the blooming bruises on athletes’ gams in the Hall of Pain.

What are the rules?

Read more here.

What are the origins of roller derby?

Roller derby was invented in Chicago in 1935 by Leo Seltzer. Seltzer originally paired co-ed couples in a marathon rollerskating race with participants furiously circling a massive track. Seltzer noticed that the most exhilarating moments of the derby were the collisions between the skaters. He adjusted the game so that two teams of five skaters circled the track, and one “jammer” from each team was sent out to lap opposing team members for points. Roller derby eventually became a full- contact sport with flying elbows, body-checks and fisticuffs. And the fans went wild.

About roller derby in Canada:

Roller Derby was an intramural sport at the University of British Columbia between 1946 and 1948. The UBC Roller Derby was held in the Armory and both men and women participated. By the early 1950s, classic roller derby reached its peak, with games regularly drawing tens of thousands of fans at large venues in the US and Canada, and skaters gracing the covers of national magazines. Through the 60s and into the 70s, theatricality and staged outcomes became prevalent and interest in the sport declined.

Roller derby was reinvented in Austin, Texas, in 2001. The new generation of athletes/derby girls came to favour contact over spectacle, and before long they’d dropped the choreography entirely in favor of real collisions with consistent and enforced rules.

The Terminal City Rollergirls, Vancouver’s league, were inspired by the Austin movement and launched in 2006. What began as a brainstorming session over nachos has resulted in five full teams and new recruits/fresh meat signing up for the slaughter every year.  Today modern roller derby is a completely legitimate, competitive sport with a little more ’tude than your basic soccer match.

About roller derby names:

As you probably noticed, most derby players skate under creative and/or naughty pseudonyms. Here’s some of my favourite wordplay: Princess Lay-Ya Flat, Hanna Belle Lector, Sandra Day O’Clobber, Tiger Killy, Johnny Crash, Grumbellina, Black Sabbatha, Maiden Hell etc.

Watch Team Canada’s livestream at Roller Derby World Cup here. Learn more about Vancouver’s Terminal City Rollergirl League and bout schedule here.


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2 Responses to Vancouver rollergirls are dominating Roller Derby World Cup

  1. great feature, Team Canada is the only team that can give the USA a problem.

    Small correction, Leo Seltzer invented Roller Derby in 1935……he invented me in 1932.

    There are now 1114 leagues in 38 countries…no longer underground sport.

  2. Hi Jerry! What an honour. Fantastic to hear from you. I just checked out your blog. I’ll pass on the corrected date to the league using 1932 in their brochure. I know you’re a derby leader. Were you a derby participant too? The sport has grown tremendously post 2001, which makes me quite happy because it’s such a great opp. for spectators. Perhaps soon I’ll have the courage to go to try outs :)