Roller derby is coming to Weyburn. The Southeast Saskatchewan Roller Derby Association will be holding a meeting on Monday, Aug. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Midale Rink.
“We hope to see lots of people out in Midale on Aug. 9,” said Breck Harris, president of the Association. “This will be our first meeting for all guys and girls to see the interest level in potentially starting a Weyburn-area team. At the meeting we will be going over the basics of derby, an introduction to the sport, the rules of the game, required equipment as well as an introduction to some of the skaters with Hillbilly Hurt.”
Hillbilly Hurt was the first team to form in the Southeast Sask. Roller Derby Association (SESRDA). They will take part in introducing residents to the sport of roller derby. “The women will have skates and pads on hand, all you need is to bring a helmet,” said Harris. “If you want to try on gear and go for a skate, the girls will help you get your footing. They are knowledgeable and skilled and will be more than happy to show you a few moves.”
For those residents interested in other areas of roller derby, coaches from the team and referees from the Association will be in Midale during the meeting.
Roller derby is a full-contact sport played on an oval flat track. There are five players on each team — four blockers and a jammer. The jammers score points by passing opposing players, while blockers try to stop the other team’s jammer and at the same time help their jammer.
“Some of the people might be intimated by derby at first, the girls on Hillbilly Hurt encourage girls to come check it out regardless,” said Harris. “Most of these women had never been on skates prior to joining derby, so when you see these girls skate, you’ll see for yourself that all it takes is determination and spirit to be a derby girl.”
Potential derby girls have to be older than 19, of any size, shape or athletic ability. This meeting is also being held to attract volunteers, trainers, referees and coaches.
Flat track roller derby has grown in popularity in the past few years, with leagues popping up everywhere, including Rocanville, Moose Jaw, Brandon and Minor. The Southeast Sask. league was start in the fall of 2009 by Breck Harris, and is the first and only all-female flat track roller derby league in the province. The organization is non-profit and dedicate to promoting positive female interaction and athleticism.
The roller derby league also helps the community through charitable contributions, fundraisers and benefits. The league is run by the skaters, referees and other support staff, all of who are volunteers within the organization. To learn more about SESRDA, email s.e.saskrollerde...@hotmail.com or find them on Facebook.