News and Bout Info

Spring Break’Her- Don’t Miss KDG’s Home Opener!

Written by Jennifer Russell

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Roller Derby Season! We’re back for our 7th season and you’ve got 3 chances to see your favourite quadskating, hip checking, wall breaking girls of summer.

First up is our season home opener taking place on Saturday, May 14th- Spring Break’her! Since we can’t wait for the 2-4 weekend, we’re giving you the chance to get a head start on summer, so bring your lawn chair and crack open a cold one in our danger zone track-side seating! There may even be a beach ball or two.  First bout action-packed features the Skateful Dead v.s the Wellington Bloody Marys, followed by the Disloyalists up against the Capital City Derby Dolls’ Dollinquents.

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Now for the details!
Where: Kingston Memorial Centre 303 York Street
When:  Saturday May 14, doors open at 5:30, first bout starts at 6:30
Tickets: $10 in advance $15 at the door. Kids 10 and under get in free!
Tickets can be purchased at Novel Idea, Bomsbshell Boutique, Ash Forest HiFi and online at Brown Paper Tickets. We hope to see you there!

Humans of KDG – Stevie Kicks!


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Stephanie, Stevie Kicks.

When did you join KDG?
2016. Newly minted member!

What is your role in the league?
Skater on the Smash Squad and the Skateful Dead.

What committees are you on?
Booking, a.k.a. Endless Emailing and WFTDA Rules.

What do you love most about derby?
What kind of a wonderful distraction it is, and the amazing women it has connected me to. How everything else falls away when you’re playing. It is so fast, you don’t have time to dwell on all the other minutiae of your day, or think about the millions of things upping your regular stress levels. You can put on your gear, roll out and focus on something completely different for a few hours. I also love that being strong is prized.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)
Contracts Coordinator for cancer research, so I stare at legalese all day. Plus mom to a toddler and a Boxer.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
I would like to get good at with going from rolling to toes and back easily. And some experience jamming.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I speak Spanish and Italian, and play the violin for funsies.

 

We Have A New Charter Team – The Rebel Rebels!

WFTDA ApprenticeWe are excited to announce that KDG has a whole new WFTDA Apprentice Charter Team that includes skaters from other leagues surrounding the Kingston area. The Rebel Rebels have a fearless coach, VishousLee, who hails from California, but found herself in Watertown running all kinds of derby!  I can’t tell you who is on the team yet, as we are still in the midst of try-outs, and I also can’t show you our logo yet, as it is still being created, but I can tell you that it’s going to be a great season! We have 3 bouts lined up! First, we head Stateside to play Syracuse’s Assault City Roller Derby on July 9, and on the following weekend on July 16, we host the G Stars for our Mock Sanction Bout, and last but not least, we head to the Big Smoke for a re-match on August 27! We hope to see our fans cheering us on, either trackside or in spirit!

Meet this year’s Skateful Dead!

That’s right, these hometown heros are back and ready to knock ’em DEAD! This fierce collection of talented vets and impressive new recruits has surfaced from the underworld to bring you a summer filled with bone-rattling derby action. Check out these diabolical dames here!

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You can catch the Skateful Dead on the flat track this summer at the Memorial Centre, on May 14th at the Kingston Derby Girls’ Home Opener.

Humans of KDG – Hermione Danger!

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Real life name is Laura, roller-derby/wizarding name is Hermione Danger.

When did you join KDG?
I started out with the Learn to Skate program in Fall 2015 then went on to Fresh Meat in January.

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, etc.)?
Skater

What committee(s) are you on?
Events and Fresh Meat this fall!

What do you love most about derby?
Absolutely everything. One thing that has struck me in particular though is the enormous amounts of body positivity/ love generated by the super supportive derby community and the athleticism required for this sport. You don’t have to be a certain shape or size to play derby – you just have to work hard and push yourself to be the strongest you can be. I can honestly say I have never loved my thighs as much as I do when I’m in derby position or have just finished the 5-minute skate.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?
I just finished up an Arts and Science degree (geography/biology) at the University of Guelph and am currently working as a lifeguard/swim instructor. I like quiet time and nerdy books, beer and coffee (not together… unless combined into a delicious coffee porter), taking long walks to nowhere, trying to climb trees, and making lots of useless crafts. I am also a semi-good mother to a number of house plants.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
Roller derby goal is to learn how to play roller derby (so many rules, so many hips, who do I hit?) and then to put that knowledge to good use by actually playing in a real live derby game. I am also very excited at the prospect of getting awesome and disgusting bruises to show off. Real life goal is in the works – I’m starting in a degree program for nursing in the fall!

What’s a fun fact about you?
Once I threw up on a ferris wheel. Yes, I was at the top. No, it was not on purpose. I’m also a mean tap dancer.

Humans of KDG – Pain or Shine!

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Nadia ter Stege, aka Pain or Shine

When did you join KDG?
2016

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, etc.)?
Rookie skater on the Smash Squad

What committee(s) are you on?
PMS (Promotions, Media, Sponsorship) and Long Term Planning/Conduct

What do you love most about derby?
Well, what’s not to love? It’s an intense strength, skill, and will power driven sport, balanced by an amazing community. I’ve never experienced anything like it, and am hugely grateful for the personal growth I’ve gone through since joining.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?
Currently I work as a server downtown, and will be going back to school in September! Being outdoors and active are high on my list of passions, but I’m just as likely to be found curled up inside with a good book. I have always loved storytelling, and draw much of my inspiration from the incredible people I’m lucky enough to have in my life. It’s safe to assume that the way to my heart is indeed through my stomach.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
My derby goals include working on my stability and strength during the upcoming year. If I can even take one hit from Madge and stay on my skates I’ll call it a win!
As for life, I’m hoping a business diploma will give me the foundations to manage the many creative ventures my cousin and I are working on.

What’s a fun fact about you?
For someone who wants to be a writer, I can’t summarize a story to save my life.

Humans of KDG – BattleRaxx!

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Janine deSavigny, BattleRaxx

When did you join KDG?
2015

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, etc.)?
Skater , ref, NSO

What committee(s) are you on?
Volunteer

What do you love most about derby?
The sisterhood. I joined to make female friends. The comoradery is amazing.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?
I am in management. I love party planning. I love cooking. I am one of the oldest players.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
My derby goals are to heal, play in a few bouts and be less shy with strangers. Real life goals are to break last years time for my 5 KM runs and get into shape.

What’s a fun fact about you?
When I do laundry my derby gear stand looks like I am a notty librarian.

Humans Of KDG – String Theory!

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I’m Mel. But in one of the space-time dimensions known as derby, I am String Theory.

When did you join KDG?

I started with KDG in the big bang of 2010 and played with them for 3 years as Frieda Frankenstorm. I took a few years off, but now I’m BACK!
What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, etc.)?

Skate and squeeze and skate and wiggle through walls and skate. Also known to NSO.

What committee(s) are you on?

None yet, though I am interested in being on Events!

What do you love most about derby?
I love the amazing community, the physical and mental strength it takes to play, and skating as fast as I can! When I’m playing roller derby everything else falls away. It really is like it’s own dimension.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?
I am an Icebound neutrino hunter.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
In derby, I want to work on blocking with more force/accuracy and fancy footwork! In “real” life, I’d like to prove the existence of extra spatial dimensions.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I play warbly reverby electric guitar and write songs in a band called Frankenstorm (yes, my old derby name).

Humans Of KDG – VishousLee!

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Nicole Lee aka VishousLee

When did you join KDG?
This year, because they gave me the opportunity to coach a veteran class of skaters who are seeking WFTDA ranking. How could I pass on that offer? I get to be a part of KDG history.

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, etc.)?
Charter Team Coach

What committee(s) are you on?
Ummm….

What do you love most about derby?
The fact that it can consume your life and become the healthiest addiction. That the athleticism and competition are infectious. The people involved all over the globe are incredible and supportive and the loves of my life.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?
I’m a new mom. I pride myself a lot on that now. I run a derby league in the U.S.. I work in the public health field.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
To play as much derby as possible this summer and bring my baby boy all over the Northeast in search of new derby skills and thrills.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I once flew a helicopter over the Long Beach Harbor in California. That’s when I learned that I didn’t want to be a pilot.

Humans of KDG – Manic Breeze!

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Marie Bencze, aka Manic Breeze

When did you join KDG?
I joined on day one, when the league started! Way back in 2009. I have never looked back.

What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, etc.)?
I skate with the Disloyalists as well as the new charter team!

What committee(s) are you on?
I am on the Design and Merchandise committee this year. Previous seasons have seen me wearing a variety of different hats: peer coach, Training committee, Board of Directors (secretary), Mutual Aid Committee member, Volunteer Action Group member.

What do you love most about derby?
MOST?
I love the the contact. Contact sports are rare, as an adult and even more so as a woman. I love hitting people, being hit hard. Derby provides a platform for a beautiful aggression, one where the person who falls will high five the person who took them down. I love how it is a full body sport, where your feet, ankles, obliques, shoulders, ALL of you is engaged, growing, forming new muscles and new muscle memory. I love how versatile skates become on my body, just an extension of me that allow me to move quickly, sneaking past people or smashing into them. I love jumping, spinning, learning. Speaking the language of body contact.
And I love that derby is a space that supports marginalized sexualities and identities, especially queer and trans identities. The most recent gender policy published by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is killer awesome, welcoming skaters to play women’s derby if that’s where they feel most comfortable, and keeping gender identities confidential. Killer policy!
I love the kitsch factor. I love wearing face paint. We cover our faces to uncover ourselves…I love how sexy it is. In the words of Golden Hurl, “derby girls make me feel so gay/ checking out their hips as they skate away/ tattoos and fishnets may look so tough/ come here girl, i like it rough”.

What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?
I am an organic vegetable farmer by trade and in 2015 I kicked off my dream project, Rad Kids, where I run Farm Camp and other food & farm education events.
I enjoy crafting, sewing, baking, reading, fighting patriarchy and other -isms, community organizing, traveling with a backpack, speaking Spanish, cooking, spending time with my partner. I am going back to school in the fall, going to work on a Master’s degree doing a community-based participatory research project with children & youth on food & farm education.

What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
Becoming a more organized and effective person, being efficient in my work life, and making lots of space in my schedule for creativity, road trips, and good meals.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I was on the Girl Guide cookie box all through high school! True story.