Guest Blogger P.OD Pippy (Kristen Antosh)
I joined Roller Derby when I was eleven years old. Instantly, the sport became my favourite activity. I wore my roller skates in the house, running into walls and bumping into appliances. I knew from here on that I would never stop loving the sport. After two years of bumps, bruises and unconditional love for derby, something changed, I began to question my sexual orientation. As a questioning and confused 13 year old, finding out that LGBTQ+ people were highly accepted in this sport came as a huge relief. I remember being at an E-ville game and hearing people talk about a player, and her girlfriend and thinking “She’s gay and they’re okay with it?”. When I finally did come out, my teammates and coaches offered me nothing but unconditional love and support. Along with support and love from coaches and teammates Derby continues to help me with things like my anxiety. Social anxiety has always been a huge problem for me, but I found that in derby, it wasn’t. I started with baby steps, such as asking the more experienced girls for tips. After a short while I began to feel much more comfortable and started having casual conversations with the girls. Before long, I had started making friends. Thanks to Roller Derby, I met one of my best friends, Morgan Mayhem. It all started while doing sprint laps. I had tripped and slid out right in front of her, and she jumped right over me! At our water break I skated over to apologize for almost killing her on her first practice. We started laughing and talking and from there on, she was my jammer and I was her 4.
Photos courtesy of WarrenBruns.com
Our Level 2 skaters travelled to beautiful Fernie B.C. this past weekend to take on the challenge of playing Avalanche City’s BombsQUAD. Both teams stepped up their game impressively playing a full bout short benched, Fernie beginning with a bench of 8 and GEJRDA beginning with 7 which turned into 6 towards the end of the 2nd half when GEJRDA lost a skater to penalties. A hard fought battle by both teams which resulted in an eventual win for GEJRDA over BombsQUAD with an official score of 230-174. Junior Roller Derby has the best after parties and the small group of fantastic junior skaters had a splashing good time at Fernie’s Stanford Inn taking advantage of their famous Waterslide. A very big thank you to Fernie for hosting us and to Coach Cat who went above and beyond to make sure that this game happened for her young skaters, and of course to the parents who support their children and their passions and make things like this possible.
This Sunday we officially wrap up our spring season (even though spring seems to be lost) with Capital City Carnage. We have a level 1/2 scrimmage followed by a full contact level 3 scrimmage. Prizes, hot dogs and lots of fun. There will be a yummy All Star Bake Sale! We invite you all to come out and watch. Admission is $10! Level 1/2 game begins at 11:30 and level 3 at 1:30 at Edmonton Sportsdome 1104 32 Ave. NW.
We would also like to send well wishes to Coach Cherry-oto-Fire and her husband Stephen. They are about to embark on an adventure with their wee one Liberty, they are packing up and moving to Indiana. They will be missed but we wish them “all the good things”
Please come out and give Cherry a proper send off as she plays her last home game as an Arch Angel Saturday night in the good company of GEJRDAs Shelly Helly and Jennasaurus Wrex. The Beezlebubs roster will also be topped up by GEJRDA’s Pippy, Punch Buggy, Morgan Mayhem and Lemon Drop.
We have group of excited Juniors that are heading to beautiful Fernie B.C. this weekend to take on Avalanche City’s Bombsquad!
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter @gejrda for updates on Saturday June 7 and wish them well.
Roster for GEJRDA
Sunny Syd Up
Play hard and have fun young ladies!
“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”
– Mary Lou Retton
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.
“If we could reach out, and say to the world, ‘come be the village to help raise these kids. That’ll be her legacy’” their grandmother said, “That’s what we’d like to see.”
(Riennas Mother, Sheree Zielke.) See more of the story here http://globalnews.ca/news/1312955/she-was-a-dedicated-mom-dedicated-wife-mother-of-murdered-spruce-grove-woman/
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.
- 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.
Please help end violence against women!
On Sunday February 17, our GEJRDA All Stars played a team of wonderful ladies from Oil City Derby Girls, E-Ville Roller Derby and St. Albert Heavenly Rollers in preparation for Wild West Showdown 2014. Our All Stars displayed remarkable strategy and teamwork and captured a hard fought victory over the Adults 222-136. In addition to Head Coach Sour Cherry, Coach Lime will be travelling to Washington to assist on the bench and he brings with him years of knowledge and an extensive coaching background! Lime has been a supporter of GEJRDA and our junior skaters from the very beginning and has guested at practices, Boot Camps and accompanied us to Montana for our September 28 game.
Bradley Lime Foote (Edmonton)
Lime has been involved in roller derby for eight years and currently coaches Team Canada Men’s, the Vancouver Murder (men’s), Team Alberta (women’s). Last season he coached Saskatoon’s Mindfox to first place finishes at the Centrals and RDAC National Championships. Over the years, he has guest coached a number of teams throughout North America and has run numerous coaching and skills clinics and bootcamps from the beginner to advanced level, junior and senior. Coaching Team Canada at the World Cup in Birmingham, England in March is the next step in his long derby career.
AN EXCITING SATURDAY NIGHT OF ROLLER DERBY
ADVANCE TICKETS HERE
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter”
The All Star Team skaters take on an additional financial burden and will be holding lots of Fundraisers. Please check back frequently for updates. We very much appreciate your support and welcome Sponsors and or donations.
Join us for a January 26 for a Comedy Night in Support of GEJRDA All Stars who will be travelling to Wild West Showdown in Washington on Feb 28-March 3.
GEJRDA IS VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF VIV THE SHIV TO THE POSITION OF HEAD REF TO OUR LEAGUE
Viv brings with her an extensive Roller Derby Resume, a passion for the continued growth of the sport and a dedication to working with the juniors. We are thrilled to be working with you Viv and thank you for your continued support.
REGISTER NOW TO PLAY JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY,
JANUARY-MAY SESSION STARTS IMMEDIATELY.
FIRST BEGINNER PRACTICE WILL BE JANUARY 14, 6-7 PM @ THE GRINDHOUSE
14420 112 ST. NW EDMONTON AB.