Vancouver Roller Derby Spring Season Opens In Feisty Glory

Photo credit: Nicholas Charest; Terminal City Roller GIrls

Photo credit: Terminal City Roller GIrls

The blossoms are out. And so are the swift-rolling, rib-cracking, heckling, costume-wearing ladies of the Vancouver roller derby league: The Terminal City Roller Girls. Spring season got underway today, April 13, at Richmond’s Minoru Arena (just a block from Brighouse Station on the Canada Line). The Riot Girls took on Public Frenemy; Bad Reputations beat on the Faster Pussycats.

It’s been four years since Drew Barrymore’s film Whip It whipped up a frenzy for the indie sport. For those of you who’ve forgotten, roller derby is an intense experience–half contact sport half performance art by a cast of playful, unlikely superheroes. Vancouver’s roller derby culture is strong; matches make for awesome, fast-paced entertainment.

Roller derby was North America’s biggest indoor sport for almost four decades from 1935 onward. Although roller derby all but disappeared in the 1970s, it found its way back into participants’ and spectators’ hearts with a subcultural revival in the 1990s.

Head on over to the next roller derby match and see for yourself. Tickets to Terminal City Roller Derby matches run $15 in advance for adults; they’re $20 for adults and $10 for kids at the door. Adults, you can buy beer on site.

Find the full Terminal City Roller Girls 2013 spring schedule after the jump.

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