Join us in making rollerskating history! Rolla Skate Club is proud to present the first roller derby bout ever to be held at the historic Rollerland Building at the PNE in East Vancouver.

Friday June 3rd 

6pm-7pm: All Ages Skate

7pm-8.30pm: Roller Derby Bout

8.30pm-10pm: 19+ Skate 

Roller Derby is a full contact sport played on quad rollerskates. Created in the 1930s as a team endurance race that thrilled depression era crowds, the sport died out in the 1970s but was revived in the early 2000’s by a group of punk rock women in Austin, Texas. The birth of social media helped spread this underground sport that focused on women’s empowerment and athleticism, making it the fastest growing sport in 2010 and inspiring the hit Drew Barrymore movie Whip It.

It’s been 3+ years in the making for some of the athletes participating in their first-ever competition at this event. They started their roller derby journey in 2019 with Rolla Skate Club’s “Roller Derby Boot Camp” programme, and have stuck with it through all the pandemic closures, and restrictions on contact sports. They are raring to finally get that first contest under their belts!

Expect full-contact, totally unscripted athletics and excitement as the newest faces in Vancouver roller derby join up with some of the city’s founding mothers of roller derby.

The first ever roller derby bout in Vancouver took place May 7th, 2006 and several of the athletes from that historic event are still part of the Rolla family! They include Co-Founder Lucy “Luludemon” Crosydill, Coach “Cupid Stunt” Sage Martin, Coach and Club Manager Andrea “AndiStruction” Fraser-Winsby, skater Kerry “Ludacrushis” Nyhan, and even their resident skate shop owner Lisa “Rollergirl” Suggitt! So it’s full circle for this derby family as they prepare for the first ever derby bout at Rollerland, and the first Vancouver derby event since the pandemic.

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About Rolla Skate Club

Rolla Skate Club is a welcoming community of strong skaters that empowers their members through fun, fitness and the freedom of quad rollerskating. The club hosts in-person classes and events at their Vancouver location and offers online memberships and digital courses to train anyone anywhere to be a rebel on roller skates.

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