As always, I love to Have Fun, Make Memories and Live Life to the Fullest! And because of this, I tend to stumble across experiences and opportunities that enlighten me to a world that offers so many unique and exciting adventures. Roller Derby, who knew this would fire me up, not just to tell you about it, but also to strap on a pair a skates, and give this thing a try.
It was a great day at the Cloverdale Arena in BC. I was invited to attend by my friend Justin from JR Media Group to see, hear and experience Roller Derby for the first time in my life! It was fun, awesome, exhilarating as I found myself often yelling, “Hit her, knock her down” and so many other phrases of kindness LOL. The Anarchy Angels invited us to the event to see what we thought, and in a word, 3 words actually, “we loved it!” Not only was it fun and exciting, but the team did amazing in the tournament, with my highlight being a final brawling and exciting match against the #2 team in Canada and #18 in the world, the “Terminal City Roller Girls.” The Anarchy Angels were awesome and not only held their own, but also had the crowd rockin the whole time, and although they lost the match, they can certainly hold their heads up high big time!
Yeah, when I was in high school, I did watch roller derby on TV and always thought I would be a great Jammer. A Jammer is the one who is pretty much like the Rugby player with the ball who’s job is to break through the pack and score as many points as you can. There are many video’s on the rules, so check them out! I did visualize being a champion in this sport, so now having seen what these gals do and what this sport can offer, there seems to be plenty of opportunity to get involved.
This picture on the right is me with Sgt. Skittles who simply says, “Get your butts out here and try this sport.”
I must admit, I was a little disappointed when I walked in that the track did not have banks and railings where you could push someone over the edge and they would fly into the crowd, but I quickly got over it when I saw all the gals coming in and getting ready for action. Everything from the warming up, to the mock scrimmages around the fast track, to the cheers, and to the songs and anthems were just great! Speaking of the track, solid concrete. I found that out as I saw a couple of the gals come crashing down on their butts – ouch!
Apparently, Roller Derby is a quickly rising sport all around the world, in fact, one gal I was talking with mentioned that they are trying to get Roller Derby into the Olympics. That would be killer! All in all, I was very impressed by the team, the comraderie amongst everyone, the friendliness of all the competitors and also for me, the kindness of those who were able to teach me a few things about the game. I even had the chance to ask a few stupid questions too like, “Why can’t you elbow someone in the face?”
All in all, an amazing introduction to this sport which I enjoy and will check out much more; I hope they see me coming and give me that nudge to strap on some skates and join them in kicking some butt as well LOL.
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Passionate about helping others discover a purposeful life filled with Grateful Happiness, Robin encourages others to Make Memories and Live Life to the Fullest! He enjoys Spreading Joy, Loving Life, and Making a Difference!