I think I finally understand the sound system at the arena...this is good....
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Hottest temp during practice ever - 104 degrees..Thankfully there are more fans on the floor now so it was much less hot on the floor than in the arena itself, or outside where it was a fucking sizzler....
My ankles/calves started hurting a bit about 20 minutes til the end and my headache came raging back as well...I felt like if I did the jumping drills my brain would fall out of my head....
by CORY OBERNDORFER
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I tried to use Seinfeld's line "I choose not to run!", so I could bask in my minor glory a few more days, but I changed my mind and jammed with Hardly An Angel...She can run like the wind!
I was 1/2 an hour late tonight because I forgot my clothes on the way put this morning, but all in all a good practice...and I'm VERY glad that my first fall, first jam win, and first jam loss are over with...it's all cool runnings from here....
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Went to Ed's in Twain Harte, where Kimstigator tends bar, with the twins, their way cool mom, and G-Girl...coupla beers...then home...
For sure going to see Castle Bombers on the 11th and Sacred City on the 18th...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
We split up into 5 black team and 5 red team and took turns jamming. My turn was last and I got to play against my dear and awesome friend Nikki Spitts!! (I ♥ Nikki cuz she's broken me in twice now during these precious moments of learning we're all going through) - Great fun and we were fucking SAILING man! We kept clipping each other on the curves and omg what a great sport this roller derby is - EXHILARATING as hell! I finally passed through the pack, (unconsciously, b/c it's all kind of a blur out there), and was able to call off the jam with that totally fucking cool body signal that derby girls love...(I assume)....A total T.H.O. situation!! One of MANY I hope....We are going to be a great team if ya ask me!
The other fun part was practicing whips and pushes with my other dear friend, Miranda...We did it left-armed and I think we both learned a lot by doing it very slowly at first like Coach Quad Queen suggested...I've been seeing the importance of doing everything very slowly to get ones form down before adding the speed ingredient...
Even though I think Sister Mary Jane of the TXRD Holy Rollers is just standing there in this picture with her hands on her hips, she is still portraying what it looks like to call off a jam.
(Sister Mary Jane's myspace page)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Best part of tonight was, even though we've done similar drills like this in the past, was being in pack formation and everyone took a turn at working their way through the pack...I noticed that I do this like I drive...and for national security reasons I won't write it down here...can't give away all my strategies... (ha!)... All around groovy practice and really felt like doing derby tonight for the first time. I LOVED IT!! :)
Oh!! And my friend Nicole from worked joined the league tonight...! So did her boyfriend, he will be a ref! Is that so fun!? Going to be great fun skating with her....woo hoo!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
What a wonderful group of women! I'm very happy to be a part of this league...
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saira Peesker, cp24.com
Clam Slam organizer Natasha 'Nasher the Smasher' Jesenak (centre, in green) crashes into Alicia 'Bambi' Bernard (in leopard print) during the 2008 Toronto Roller Derby season. Both players will take part in the event, which celebrates the sport's queer side. (George Knight Photo)
Clam Slam organizers Aimee Haskell and Megan McPhail put up a poster for Muff Dive, a fundraiser for the Pride roller derby bout.
Toronto Roller Derby's queer contingent wants you to watch their Clam Slam.
A team of the city's hard-hitting derby women are taking on gay players from across the country in the official Pride Week roller derby game, promising even more camp than usually found in the flashy and physical sport.
Held on Friday, June 26, the game pits the hometown Clamdiggers against The Vagine Regime Canada, an "away" team featuring queer skaters from Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton, Victoria and even further afield.
The event will feature more than just tough girls in sexy outfits skating around a track, says one of its organizers.
"People will get to see an exciting game, hot rollergirls and gay dodge-ballers in short shorts," promises Natasha "Nasher the Smasher" Jesenak, a member of Toronto's Chicks Ahoy team. "It's going to be a fun, gay show."
In addition to putting a focus on gay players, the Clam Slam will be emceed by artist/drag queen Andrew Harwood, who is described by organizer Aimee Haskell as highly entertaining and "a little raunchy."
"He fits the bill for our rock-and-roll, queer, trashy derby event," notes Haskell, a former Chicks Ahoy player who was sidelined by a broken ankle last year.
Harwood's role as announcer involves explaining the action at track level to the crowd, so those who aren't well-versed in the sport's rules can be assured of a helping hand on game day.
(A quick primer: Each team has four blockers and one "jammer" on the track at a time. The jammer must pass players on the opposing team to score points, while the blockers try to help their jammer pass through the pack as they block the opposing jammer.)
Drawing new fans to roller derby
The game's organizers hope the event will expose new fans to the game, which already receives significant support from Toronto's gay community.
"Hopefully it attracts fans who would watch soccer and baseball and stuff, but also fans that wouldn't be into sports," says Jesenak, who took up the sport largely due to its queer-friendly image.
So did Haskell, who says she fell out of team sports in her teens after realizing she didn't quite fit in with her teammates.
"I found the sports community rather conservative in a lot of ways," she says. "Roller derby offers a package deal. You can still experience your alternative lifestyle within the sport."
"Derby also seems to accept women who may not have had a real sporting background, or who don't fit the image of what an athlete looks like," adds Jesenak.
"We teach people to be athletes, where other sports expect people to be athletes already."
The sport's popularity among queer athletes stretches well beyond Toronto's borders.
Clam Slam organizers first got the idea for the match while in Las Vegas at a roller derby convention last year. There, they learned about the original incarnation of the Vagine Regime and its fearless leaders, Injure Rogers and Chaos Fury.
"The Vagine Regime has been really inspiring," says Haskell. "We heard about that and were inspired and wanted to see an event like that go on in our city... A real inclusive, spread-the-word celebration of dykes in derby."
The Clam Slam isn't the only event during Pride week that will bring derby girls to the fore. The league was chosen as this year's honoured group for the Dyke March, which will be held on Saturday, June 27.
Clams will slam at George Bell Arena on June 26 at 7 p.m. Queer players who want to get involved can email firstname.lastname@example.org. A fundraiser for the event, "Muff Dive," will be held June 5 at Club Z.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Sonora's All-Female Flat Track Roller Derby League
18266 Smoke St.
The ladies will be selling slushies and other goodies to delight the senses...