Our heartfelt congratulations to Coach Cherry oto Fire (Leanne Johnson) on being selected to play with her new team Indianapolis’s Naptown Roller Girls, heading to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Division 1 playoffs in Charleston, W.Va., from Oct. 3 to 5, with a chance to advance to the WFTDA championships in Nashville, Tenn., at the end of October.
Rienna Nagel, 36, of Spruce grove, AB lost her life to domestic violence. She leaves behind five children. Rienna was a teammate with our friends at Oil City Derby. As you know Roller Derby is a community that fiercely protects their own and comes together in times of need. If you can help, every little bit counts. It is with heavy hearts that we share our condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this time of unimaginable grief and loss. Please follow the link below to donate.
Domestic abuse is often a gradual process, with the frequency of assaults and seriousness of the violence slowly escalating over time. Abusers often express deep and convincing remorse with promises to change, it can take years for women to admit to themselves that the violence is not going to stop and the relationship they are in is unhealthy and cannot be saved.
In the meantime, the long-term effects of being abused can do little to convince women they are worthy of better so that they can find the courage to leave, or can manage on their own.
Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.
What should you do if you think someone is being abused?
If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the emergency number in your community.
Put her safety first. Never talk to anyone about abuse in front of their suspected abuser. Unless she specifically asks for it, never give her materials about domestic abuse or leave information through voice messages or emails that might be discovered by her abuser. However, abuse thrives in secrecy, so speak up if you can do so safely.
If she wants to talk, listen. If she doesn’t, simply tell her she does not deserve to be harmed and that you are concerned for her safety. Ask her if there is anything you can do to help, but don’t offer to do anything that makes you uncomfortable or feels unsafe.
If she decides to stay in the relationship, try not to judge her. Remember, leaving an abuser can be extremely dangerous. Sometimes, the most valuable thing you can offer a woman who is being abused is your respect.
Learn about emergency services in your community, such as your local women’s shelter or sexual assault centre. Search on-line, or consult the front pages of your telephone directory.
His father Leo had was one of America’s great promoters and Jerry has followed in his footsteps since 1958, going from Roller Derby promoter (SF Bay Bombers) to television syndicator, to BASS tickets and Ticketmaster and on and on. He has many many many stories to tell…this is just one!
In the late 30’s and early 40’s Roller Derby grew in popularity and would play successfully in cities throughout the US with one major exception: The Big Apple.
In fact, at one point there were four “units” (eight teams) on the road at the same time. The track would be set up, and the two teams in each city would play each other 4 times per week for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the size of the city and the popularity of the Derby in that town. Generally, one team would represent that city (the “white shirts”), the other (the “red shirts”) another city. It seemed as though nothing could stop the growth. Then came Pearl Harbor.
The Derby, like so many other activities, was decimated. The majority of the men volunteered for service or were drafted. Many of the women took essential war jobs or joined the service…
The physical benefits of Roller Skating are apparent for youth and body image. Youth in sport, especially Roller Derby have an uncharacteristic relationship with their bodies where they put a great deal of significance in what their body can do for them and how it can convey their own personal goals of physical excellence. The nature of the Roller Derby community provides less blatant benefits as everyone who plays a role from skater, coach, admins and officials are unpaid volunteers who work for the sheer joy of promoting the growth of the sport they are passionate about. If you have heard that Roller Derby is a little different from other youth sports you are correct. The involvement with a group that shares the same love, passion and dedication changes the way you feel about and interact with others as well as yourself. Our mission is to empower youth, building their confidence so they can embrace their individualism in a fun, safe and respectful environment where skaters of all abilities can learn the sport of flat track roller derby.
NOW IS THE TIME to be a part of the fastest (and coolest) sport on 8 wheels. You have been asking and we delivered….TRY DERBY with GEJRDA. If you are all set to join and/or cannot join us this day you can register below. First practice for new skaters will be Tuesday January 14 6-7 pm at The Grindhouse 14420 112 St. Please direct inquiries to email@example.com