Monthly Archives: August 2013

CCDD does Ottawa Pride

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On Sunday, August 25th, CCDD had the privilege of skating with Bruce House in the Capital Pride Parade. 2013 marked our third year supporting Bruce House at the parade and this year we had the honour of helping them celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Bruce House offers both independent living assistance and 24-hour care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa.  By supporting activities of daily living and offering personal care, counseling, and advocacy to and for those living with HIV/AIDS, Bruce House has made and continues to make a difference in Ottawa. Pride and inclusiveness are two of the many values that Bruce House embodies.

Roller derby has always been associated with inclusiveness. From its beginnings as a fringe sport, roller derby often appealed to those who didn’t feel that they fit in elsewhere.  As we move towards the mainstream, CCDD, as part of the larger roller derby community, is proud to continue to value and foster inclusiveness.

Thank you to Bruce House for inviting us to celebrate your silver anniversary with you.  If you’d like to get them a gift to celebrate this milestone, please visit them online at http://www.brucehouse.org/donations_howto.htm to learn more.

To learn more about us, and to find out how to become a skater, a ref, or a coach, please visit www.capitalcityderbydolls.com

 

Bust’er Up

Proud member of CCDD, and proud supporter of Bruce House

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My Derby Story: Dawn Cherry

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. I think that the mother of discovery is…boredom. I would describe myself as an active person and someone who’s done a lot of different sports in her lifetime. That’s because I am a serial monosportist. I fall in love with something (“Oh my god Taebo is amazing!”) thinking, “This is the sport that I’m going to love and do until the end of time.”  What actually happens is I lose interest once I get reasonably good at it and start feeling like a bad person for not seeing it through (yes thank you Wii fit, I’m quite aware that it’s been 381 days since I last signed in).

My derby story starts much in the same way. I had just quit softball because—ironically—I was getting too many bruises and black eyes. So I was looking for something new. I really like team sports, for the social aspect as well as the individual skill development. The problem I have is that I’m intimidated by sports that adults play that they’ve been playing their whole lives like soccer or hockey. The timing could not have been more perfect when I saw my first derby game at the Ottawa Ex and was instantly enamoured. The deal was sealed when I saw on the website that they were accepting fresh meat and no experience was required. A level playing field and something challenging enough to keep me coming back for more. AMAZING!

Skating has never been my strength.  I was a bumble bee in a production of Alice in Wonderland on ice when I was little and the only thing I remember from that experience was getting my sparkly antennae head band knocked off during our routine and seeing 10 other 6-year olds skate over it until it was a pile of glitter. Needless to say, I was scarred and never quite took to skating after that but I would admit that I was  proficient enough to qualify me as an acceptable Canadian. Learning the skate skills required for derby took me a while but once I had muscles in places that normal human beings don’t, things just clicked. What’s even cooler is that my endless repertoire of sport skills have in some way helped me be a better derby player. All my water sports (sailing, canoeing, rowing) gave me my amazing balance and it takes a lot to knock me down. Swimming gave me the strong arms it takes me to pop right back up when someone does manage to knock me over. I haven’t quite figured out what ice climbing and golf have contributed but I’m excited to find out.

What I find interesting to think about isn’t so much why I joined derby, but why I stayed with it. Derby has tested me at times, through league splits and injuries, but my interest in the sport has continued to grow. I think there are two reasons for me.  For one, the sport is evolving as fast as its members are so there is so much room to grow with it. There’s no room for boredom because there’s so much opportunity to improve, so many skills to master, so many strategies to dream up. Secondly, derby needs me as much as I need it. This sport and the wonderful organization that we’ve built to play it are exactly what we make of it: it’s ALL volunteer run. We don’t have a governing body that recruits players, makes our teams, schedules games, trains our referees…we do that, and we do it because it’s worth every minute. I can play an amazing game, go home and feel pretty proud of myself and that’s awesome. What’s even more fulfilling though is knowing that I had something to do with 60 other people getting that same chance.

So, I’m 4 years in and there’s no sign of boredom here!

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My Derby Story: Deanna Destroi

The first time my sister saw me coach roller derby – rolling around bellowing instructions, joking with the skaters and giving encouragement – her immediate reaction was a resounding, “WHO ARE YOU?!”
 
As far back as I can remember, I’ve been the shyest person alive. Approaching a salesperson for help was an ordeal; asking for directions was even worse. And telling someone what to do? Forget about it.
 
Enter roller derby. I stumbled into the arena for the first time the day after a night of Halloween partying, having no idea what to expect. Instead of terrifying eight-wheeled beasts bent on knocking me down, I met a group of the funniest, bravest, most supportive women I’ve ever met (who also want to knock me down – but with love!). And among them, I found my voice, my motivation and my YARRRRR.
 
The process of learning to play roller derby involves a lot of milestones: your first successful crossover, the first time you knockabitchdown, the day you finally pass the dreaded 25 laps in 5 minutes test. Reaching those milestones with your teammates cheering you on every step of the way instills a confidence like nothing else I know. With that confidence came the ability to speak in a pack, and then in front of the whole group. Before I knew it, I was leading drills and yelling at the top of my lungs.
 
Along with the mental confidence came a physical confidence. One of the (many, many) reasons I love roller derby is that it not only does it accept all bodies, it actually needs all bodies to form well-rounded teams. I used to go to the gym to lose weight, to make my clothes fit better, to make myself look the way I “should.” Today? I go to fine-tune my body to skate faster laps, make harder hits, stay on my feet when someone hip-checks me. I’m so proud of the muscular thighs that can’t fit into skinny jeans. I’m amazed at what my body can do, and what it can take.
 
So, in response to my sister’s question: who am I? I’m a person who is not afraid to speak up, and also to lean on my teammates for support. I’m a person who looks at a challenge not as an insurmountable wall, but as a dare. I’m a person who loves her strengths and her scars. I’m a pirate.
 
I’m Deanna Destroi, #1701.
 
Engage.
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My Derby Story: Adrienne “Sugar & Spite” Sass

I moved to Ottawa in July of 2011 and knew absolutely no one. I needed to make some friends and fast. I contacted the Capital City Derby Dolls to inquire about their Fresh Meat Program, figuring it would be a good way to meet some like-minded people.

Quite honestly I was pretty freaked out about my first practice. I didn’t know anyone who was going—it’s not like I knew someone who knew someone whose cousin was going to be there. But I buried my nerves, packed up my gear and headed to the arena.

My fears melted as soon as I walked in.  Everyone was really nice and seemed truly excited to have new recruits there. There were skaters of every skill level: some who’d played hockey and were very steady on their skates and some who had literally never been on skates before. The girls who were coaching were so encouraging. You could tell that they actually enjoyed teaching.

I started attending practices weekly and then twice a week. The faces became familiar, I was slowly making friends and it was nice to feel like I had “somewhere to go” where people knew my name and were happy to see me.

Let me make sure that you understand something about me: I have never been a natural athlete. I have never successfully played a sport. I was not that girl in high school who was athletic, popular and perfect. The idea of joining a sports team was terrifying. I had seen video clips and a few derby games but until I started to play, I had no idea how difficult it was. I was comforted by the fact that no one starts playing derby knowing everything and the cold hard truth is that derby is crazy hard. It may have been a staged sport in the 1950s but today, there is nothing fake about it. It’s football, hockey, soccer and track all rolled into one tight little ball on eight wheels. You have to have the endurance of a long distance runner the strength and speed of a sprinter and the skill of a skater all while getting the crap knocked out of you.

What the heck was I thinking?!

I tried not to dwell on the difficulty of the sport and kept telling myself: “You will get knocked down. The question is, will you get back up?” and get up I did. Over and over and over again. I pushed myself. Go to practice. Learn the basics. Have fun doing it. And what fun it was. In July of last year, I played my first game.

A group of us who came through the Fresh Meat Program were given the opportunity to attend the Fresh and the Furious tournament in Toronto. It was a road trip, it was derby, it was a girls weekend, it was the most fun I’d had in really long time. I remember laughing so hard I cried on several occasions. We were all crazy excited and super terrified but most importantly we were all in this whirlwind derby experience together.

Somewhere along the way—and I can’t exactly pinpoint where or when—derby started to creep into all aspects of my life.  I was invited to join the scrimmage committee and started planning the league’s black and white scrimmages. I was asked to help coach the next round of Fresh Meat, I was elected to the league’s Executive Board, and I kept skating and training and falling and getting back up.

Soon it was time to tryout for teams. I wasn’t sure I’d make it. I wasn’t sure I was good enough. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the rejection. Truth be told, the fear of rejection was the biggest thing holding me back but I’d come this far and I wasn’t about to give up now. I worked my ass off for the next two months. I skated three days a week, I pushed myself to the point of puking, I embraced being a sweaty mess, I proudly displayed the multitude of bruises and battle scars, and for the first time in my life I stopped wanting to lose weight and was proud to have hips and thighs and a butt that could knock a girl off her skates (my greatest “ASSets”, as Coach Whips would say) and then… I made the team.

I didn’t think life could get better than that, but it did. I was voted team captain. I was in total shock. For the next three days, I kept pinching myself and asking if that had really just happened. I had spent so much of my life feeling like an outcast, like I didn’t belong, and being totally scarred by my high school years that I just couldn’t believe this was really happening. I was that kid who got knocked down on the playground, I was the girl who was always picked last in gym class. As much as we try to separate ourselves from those childhood experiences, we carry them with us as adults, something I was unaware of until faced with the possibility of reliving some of those experiences. I learned quickly that derby is different. Derby is a place where everyone belongs. Tall, short, skinny, fat, athletic, klutzy, smooth talking, socially awkward: you name it we’ve got it. When you’re here, the only person you have to be is yourself.

Today, I skate three times a week, I run three times a week, I talk to my derby team mates everyday, there’s always a derby girl just a text away, and I know that when I have a bad day or breakdown in sheer frustration with myself over learning a new skill or not “getting something” fast enough, I will have AT LEAST 15 amazing, encouraging, sweating, helmet-clad girls hugging me, supporting me, pushing to be the very best version of myself. I joined this league to find a friend. What I got was a family and a chance to be the person I’ve always wanted to be.

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To the best fans a league could ask for,

We started to see it last year. But this year…this year is pretty awesome.

Our crowd used to be full of supportive friends and family. Now, when we look at pictures of events, we see mostly strangers in the crowd. Sure, our parents and siblings and partners are still out there, but the strangers means that the appreciation for derby is starting to spread. We’ve been dying for this day…and here it is.

On the horizon of something so spectacular, we’ve been working really hard to provide quality events. We partnered with some pretty extraordinary sponsors this year, which gave us some much needed street cred. We were able to put on a roller derby extravaganza downtown that made national headlines. Altogether, this year’s been pretty amazing, which is why we feel pretty lousy about the bump in the road that was our August 10th bout.

First of all, to Port City: thank you so much for coming to Ottawa, for playing a game that truly exposed our amazing fans to such an elite level of roller derby. You helped highlight the tremendous growth the Dolly Rogers have undergone in the past few years and we can’t thank you enough. You were a class act on and off the track and we can’t wait to face you again in a month’s time. We look forward to many more games in years to come. 

We would however like to apologize to all the great people who came to the game and patiently waited in the stands for the second game to start. This year, we wanted to give our newest team the opportunity to play a game under the bright arena lights. Most of the women who play on the Dollinquents are new to the sport and have come such a long way since last October when many of them couldn’t even skate. To do what they did on Saturday night was an accomplishment worth celebrating. It was just such a shame that Peterborough Roller Derby double-booked themselves for the evening and didn’t share that information with us, resulting in them being an hour late to our event. Thanks to those who stuck it out and supported the Dollinquents. To those of you who left: we’re sorry and we’d like to make it up to you. Please email capitalcityderbydolls@gmail.com if you attended the game. (We’ll take you at your word.) We’ll give you a free ticket to our next game in Rockland, or a free ticket to our home opener next season. We’ve worked really hard to earn you and we’d hate to lose you over this.

Double headers are a lot of work, but when something goes wrong, it tends to be pretty epic. Our last double header unfolded beautifully; maybe our beginner’s luck ran out. For those of you who came to our event on August 10th but weren’t over-the-moon about the way things went, we’d like the chance to make up for it next time, if you’ll let us.

We appreciate feedback. If you have any comments, suggestions, ideas or general thoughts, please write us. Thanks for your support this season. We’d be nowhere without the people who come see us play.  

Sincerely,

Delicate Plower, on behalf of the Capital City Derby Dolls

capitalcitycityderbydolls@gmail.com

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Canadian Power Rankings: August 1, 2013

The Derby Nerd

Canadian Power Rankings: August 1st, 2013

TEAM (League) CHANGE NOTES (Rollergirl.ca /WFTDA rank)
1. New Skids on the Block (Montreal Roller Derby)NewSkidsLogo2012 For once, Montreal seems to be peaking at the right time! Winners of three in a row, featuring a 400+ point victory over plunging Carolina and a two-game sweep of Charm and Houston at ECDX, the Skids have entered the Top 10 of the WFTDA rankings for the first time. (1 / 8).
2. Terminal City All Stars (Terminal City Roller Girls)Terminal City All Stars Terminal City holds on to second spot after dominating the West Coast Dust Up, allowing them to slip back into  WFTDA’s Division 1 just in time for the playoffs. Their massive victories over Red Deer and Mainland Misfits were especially impressive. (3 / 38).
3. CN Power (Toronto Roller Derby)CN Power Logo CN Power has put together their most consistent…

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