Roller girls lace skates for tourney

Nanaimo’s roller derby players have skated a lot of kilometres by this point in the season. All those laps, and all the bumps and bruises that come along with the physical sport, will be worthwhile as six teams do battle next weekend (July 2-3) for the first annual Vancouver Island Rookie Roller Derby Tournament.

Nanaimo Nemesis player Amanda “Miss B Haven” Gould

Nanaimo Nemesis player Amanda “Miss B Haven” Gould

Nanaimo’s roller derby players have skated a lot of kilometres by this point in the season.

All those laps, and all the bumps and bruises that come along with the physical sport, will be worthwhile as six teams do battle next weekend (July 2-3) for the first annual Vancouver Island Rookie Roller Derby Tournament.

“Our goal has always been firmly focused on the big pictre,” said Jennifer Wigmore, founder of the Nanaimo Nemesis team, in a press release. “We want to advocate for this female-driven sport in hopes of benefiting all West Coast teams.”

The Nemesis, who have yet to record their first victory, aren’t a tournament favourite, but they are among the fan favourites.

“Each island and mainland team has their own strengths and weaknesses,” said Wigmore. “Ours happens to be in event management, promotion and fund raising. Of course we want to win, but the definition of winning is different for us, we want to create a team where all women are accepted regardless of your skill level or economic situation, some of our players have come from dark places in our society. We provided them with encouragement and a sense of community that can only come by the comradeship of playing a team-orientated sport. Based on our definition of winning we have won already.”

The Nemesis and the Harbour City Rollers are hoping fans will pack the stands both days at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. A weekend pass costs $18 and is available online at www.porttheatre.com or by calling 250-754-8550. Cite the coupon code “United” to take advantage of the sale price.