Derby Name: Kaio-kensi
Derby Name: Kaio-kensi
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
Proud member of CCDD, and proud supporter of Bruce House
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.
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 email@example.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.
Delicate Plower, on behalf of the Capital City Derby Dolls
|TEAM (League)||CHANGE||NOTES (Rollergirl.ca /WFTDA rank)|
|1. New Skids on the Block (Montreal Roller Derby)||–||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 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 has put together their most consistent…|
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Check out Street Food Ottawa’s latest post! It features the Capital City Derby Dolls.
Have you ever wanted to check out roller derby?? Well here’s your chance…and it’s FREE! In an attempt to make our hometown more awesome, the City of Ottawa has teamed up with the Capital City Derby Dolls for DERBY DAY. And to feed everyone, Street Food Ottawa is on board for the event to bring you some of the cities best food trucks and carts!
Mayor Jim Watson even declared July 20th, 2013 “Capital City Derby Dolls Derby Day”…
The event is being held OUTSIDE on the “Rink of Dreams” pad at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall. From 12noon to 6pm you will be able to go for a skate, learn the rules and watch mini-derby bouts put on by the girls. All ages are welcome as there will be lots of activities for the family to partake in.
The Merry Dairy has been a long-time partner of the…
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The Capital City Derby Dolls are happy to present their first ever double header.
Some helpful information:
Date: Satuday, July 6, 2013
Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., first game starts at 6:30
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, kids under 12 get in free (no fees, PayPal accepted)
Feel free to bring lawn/camping chairs or pillows if you’d like to sit by the track. Bring ID because we are sponsored by Beau’s and they will be there. 🙂
The first game of the night is Ottawa’s Dolly Rogers against Kingston’s Disloylists. The second game is a men’s game featuring Ottawa’s Slaughter Squad versus the Mont Royals from Montreal.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that the formalities are out of the way, please feel free to get over-excited, tell ALL YOUR FRIENDS, and plan to have AN AMAZING NIGHT.
See you there!