This past weekend was probably one of the busiest weekends our league has ever had. We made national headlines. No big deal.
Ok. Way big deal. Huge. Awesome. Roller derby touched more eyeballs than we ever expected. What started as an initiative by Ottawa mayor Jim Watson to make City Hall into a more fun place, led to CCDD taking over Marion Dewar Plaza (a beautiful slab of concrete) in front of City Hall and holding an all day derby extravaganza. We held mini bouts, black and white scrimmages, a free skate and skills competitions. We worked with Street Food Ottawa (Kathy Ferguson), and she brought out some amazing food trucks. Thank you to the Merry Dairy, Ad Mare, Angry Dragonz, LUNCH, Red Roaster, Mr. Churritos, and the Gonfu bao cart. You kept spectators and fans full and happy and a huge thanks to the City of Ottawa for letting us do it all in the first place.
So much gratitude to all the leagues who sent people to Ottawa to play: Renfrew County Roller Derby, Cornwall’s Seaway Roller Derby Girls, Toronto Roller Derby, and Toronto Men’s Roller Derby. These players spent an entire day out in the sun and helped us out HUGE. They hopped onto short-handed rosters, they promoted the fun spirit of the day, and they were super fun to hang out with.
A very special thank you to our new friends at Book the Booth. What started off as Groupon that needed to get used has turned into an amazing league resource. They come to our games, armed with cameras and family and take stunning pictures. In fact, many of this year’s awesome pics are courtesy of Renée and Kevin Pellerine. On Derby Day, they pulled double duty. Not only did they set up their booth, they took pictures of all the action on the track. Check out the booth pictures here, and their shots of the day here.
Speaking of photographers, ErickOgrpahy also captured some spectacular shots throughout the day.
A huge thanks to CBC (Ottawa and National), CTV Ottawa, the Ottawa Citizen, THE CALGARY (friggin’) HERALD (what?!), the Ottawa Sun, the Kitchissippi Times, the Food Network, and @streetfoodOTT for their reports leading up to the day’s events, or the day itself. CCDD invaded homes around the country thanks to all this.
A very serious thanks to Deborah Kent, for keeping us all cool under the sun. She was on top of ensuring there was lots of water by the benches and kept us in cooling cloths to stop the sun from doing too much damage. Also, a huge thanks to our newest medic (our existing medic now has as permanent a partner as we can give him). She comes loaded with a ton of experience: medic for the Oil City Derby Girls (Edmonton) and she’s a military medical technician. We are super happy to have her on board.
Dear referees, I don’t know how you do it. You spent all day in the sun and you were all still laughing at the end of the day. You are magnificent creatures. Unicorn zebras.
Finally, every single member of CCDD, official and honourary, played a huge part in the day’s success. They worked tirelessly in the sun to make sure everything ran smoothly. They answered questions, played music, talked to people, worked tables, sold merchandise, promoted our next game, manned the gear room, brought supplies, cleaned up, made photocopies, put up posters, lay down a track, tore it up, picked up garbage, made wood cut outs, lent out extra gear or even their own skates, painted faces, taught people how to skate, explained the rules, talked to reporters, etc. The list is quite pretty endless. None of it, NONE OF IT, would have been possible without our Derby Day Committee heads, Jessica “Hot Mess Jess” W-S, and Carley “Snarlz” Rogers. They put crazy amounts of work into making sure the day went off without a hitch, AND STILL MANAGED TO PLAY, while making sure everything else went smoothly. We are so lucky to have you. Please, PLEASE don’t ever stop derbying.