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LONDON (PRWEB) August 3, 2006
An exciting retro sport involving girls in saucy fancy dress on roller skates is making its debut in the UK! Roller derby lived many reincarnations since its inception the 1930s and has returned with a nod to burlesque and DIY punk rock ethics. The London Rollergirls are the first ever UK womens roller derby league. Hot on the heels of a grass-roots revival in the US, Canada, Australia, NZ & Germany the London Rollergirls are taking the UK by storm.
The idea for formation of a league in the UK came from Danielle West aka Cyclone Bea and Lauren Langston aka Sugrrr Cain who developed the idea earlier this year after meeting at a cage fighting gym. They have worked on building up leagues membership through word of mouth, recruitment flyers, networking web sites such as myspace.com and the leagues own website: http://www.londonrollergirls.com
Following the success of their first ever fundraising event held at South London Pacific, the girls are lacing up their skates but abandoning their fishnets for a more tropical themed event! On Sunday 27th August 2006 the London Rollergirls are hosting a luau at South London Pacific! The evening will enable guests to watch film clips of derby girls in action, learn to Hula Dance, enjoy a tantalizing bellydance performance, go low with a Hula Limbo and meet or join the London Rollergirls League.
Note to Editors:
The South London Pacific bar is located at 340 Kennington Rd, London SE11 4LD. Nearest Tube is Oval or Kennington.
Danielle West, T: 0208 5025255, M: 0777 9128920,
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BEST VIEWED LARGE: Boston’s Cosmonaughties battle Maine’s Vacationland Vixens in the first exhibition game of the evening. The skaters with stars on their helmets are "jammers." The skaters with stripes are "pivots."
It may surprise you who the real identities behind some of your favorite derby personalities are. The ladies who make up the Silicon Valley Roller Girls are just like the ladies of any other derby team, an eclectic mix of women from many backgrounds and professions. SVRG is made up of teachers, mothers, fitness trainers, corporate employees and more. They are the girls-next-door by day and hard-hitting derby women by night. However one of the biggest draws to this sport, which has seen a huge rebirth in the past few years, isn’t the draw of derby stardom or the guaranteed hard-hitting action. For many girls, one of the main reasons they join roller derby is for the camaraderie of team play.
I know that this is especially true for me. After a difficult decision to move back to my hometown in the Bay Area, I was really down about being away from all of my friends that I left behind in New Orleans. I wanted to do something where I’d meet people, especially girls, that I would actually like, and after playing sports almost my entire life, I really missed the fun and comradery of team play. I had toyed with the idea of joining a derby team while living out in the Big Easy, but I never really found the time. My moving blues were swiftly alleviated when I attended my first roller derby practice with SVRG at the end of March. Three months later, I can still say that one of the best things about my decision to join derby is the fact that I am once again apart of a team. I love the feeling of being a part of something bigger than myself, and when you join derby, you join your league and you join Women’s All Flat Track Derby, the reigning national regulator of the sport.
In addition to spending time with teammates at practice, most roller derby women are involved in derby extra-curriculars like league meetings, fundraisers, craft nights, community service and more. Soon, the women of SVRG will be doing community service at Happy Hallow, a park and zoo in San Jose, California. Recently after much planning and hard work, we recently raised $ 1,400 at a mud wrestling fundraiser. Selling merchandise, raffle tickets, the opportunity to see derby girls mud wrestling and spankings, the proceeds will go towards our first home turf bout during Labor Day weekend.
All of these events are the result of the women of SVRG working hard to keep the dream of derby in the Silicon Valley alive. Working together to put on all these various events brings the team closer. Derby women do have the desire to knock some girls around on the rink, but what makes a great derby team is the closeness that comes from all the work they do together off the rink.
Silicon Valley Roller Girls (SVRG) is an all-female flat track roller derby league established in 2007 and represents what is known as Silicon Valley, California. SVRG aims to bring an additional exciting sport to the communities of Silicon Valley and allows women from all walks of life a chance to show their athleticism, intelligence, individuality, inner beauty and strength by participating in the subculture phenomenon of roller derby. SVRG is entirely skater-owned and run. Its dedicated members represent Silicon Valley’s mothers, professionals and students. SVRG encourages competition between other leagues and strives to represent Silicon Valley with sportsmanship and excitement.
We aim to empower our skaters to not only build their skating ability through challenging training and teamwork but also to be involved the operation of the league. We also dedicate ourselves and our efforts to reaching out and bettering the Silicon Valley by participating in community service.
2008 marks SVRG’s first season of bouting against other leagues. This year, in addition to increasing our numbers and creating 2 or 3 distinct teams of our own, we hope to achieve our accreditation from WFTDA, the women’s flat track derby association.