Roller derby is the real deal

By Jamie Harkins

April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Is roller derby fake?
Well actually no, it isn’t.
The game of derby can be compared to hockey, football and any other established contact sport in terms of its competitiveness between willing combatants and its physical and mental demands.
While working on a few stories this week involving the Midwest Mavericks regional roller team and the Border City Roller Derby League’s Angels of Assault and Lloydmonsters, I witnessed a group of women giving their all to become better derby players as well as more forceful skaters.
But when I mentioned the possible stories at an editorial meeting beforehand, I was asked if I understood that roller derby was actually fake.
The sport did have its less-than-honourable heyday in the late 20th century when it became sports entertainment based more on theatrics and larger-than-life characters.
Fortunately, that try to be the next World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) spin-off folded.
In its place rose a grassroots organization of women dedicated to competition, empowerment and healthy lifestyles.
As a fun aside to celebrate the past, the girls and their coaches kept the spirit of those WWE-like days through incorporating its colourful image of wild names and personas,  including the Lloydminster-area monikers of Beta Blocker and Leebone Capone.
The Angels of Assault and Lloydmonsters will host the Border City Roller Derby League invitational tournament at Kitscoty Arena on May 6 where three scrimmages will be played.
As of this writing, the Monsters start things off at 3:30 p.m. with the Angels following suit at 5:30 p.m. and the Mavericks completing the action at 7:30 p.m.
Anyone looking for a fun, competitive and action-filled night should definitely make the trip to cheer on their hometown derby heroes.

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