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The Roller Derby Origin Story

By Colleen English, Guest Contributor

Colleen English is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Marshall University. She received a B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State University (2009) and is working on completing her Ph.D. 1,424 more words

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[caption id="attachment_3546" align="alignnone" width="250"]Lonestar Rollergirls from Austin, Texas (Creative Commons) Lonestar Rollergirls from Austin, Texas (Creative Commons)[/caption] If you have ever wondered about the origins of Roller Derby, Colleen English has posted a new illuminating article exactly on that topic. Roller Derby has been reimagined several times since it was created in the 1930s. What started out as "a long-distance skating spectacle," transformed into women's wrestling on wheels in the 1970s and is now a competitive sport. English describes the early roots of the sport and explains how it survived past its origins during the Great Depression.

The Long Road To Nashville: How the Rideau Valley Vixens Became Canada's First Representative at the WFTDA Championship Tournament

It’s March 2013, at The Bunker in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the Rideau Valley Vixens are playing the hosts, Toronto’s CN Power, in the final game of the annual Quad City Chaos tournament. 2,774 more words

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Purple Badges of Honour

Since I was a youngin’, I’ve never had visible bruises.

Oh believe me, they would be there in all of their painful glory, but would my skin turn purple or brown? 490 more words

Paris, my first away game.

Playing Paris as your first away game is pretty cool. I mean, PARIS. I got to travel to an amazing city to play a sport I love, surrounded my people I love (almost all there). 1,170 more words

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JCRD is looking for a coach!

Join our league as COACH! We are looking for someone willing to coach the Junction City Roller Dolls (jcrdolls.com), a women’s flat track derby association (WFTDA) league. 140 more words

Roller Revolution.

The year was 1884, the growing interest in roller skating led to the endurance sport of organized speed skating races. Madison Square Garden in New York City hosted its first ever 6-day relay in 1885, where 36 competing skaters raced for the prize of $500. 223 more words

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