Get to know tri-city roller derby

May 27, 2020

Each month, Bout Betties donates a portion of every subscription purchased to a randomly chosen league. The league chosen for April 2020 is Tri-City Roller Derby in Waterloo, Ontario in Canada.

Tri-City was formed in 2010 and is a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. The league has three home teams, a travel team and a junior roller derby team.

As part of its support of Tri-City, Bout Betties interviewed two of its skaters to find out more about the league and what makes roller derby important to them.

A MINUTE WITH SMACK KEROUWHACK OF TRI-CITY ROLLER DERBY

Smack, center, doing what she does best with Tri-City’s Venus Flytraps. Photo Credit: Richard Lafortune

Full derby name: Smack KerouWhack. But I mostly just go by Smack these days.

Position: Blocker

Roles you have within Tri-City: Bouts committee and dues officer.

Years doing derby: I have been skating for 6 years.

Favorite derby moment in your career: My first ever WFTDA charter game was at last year’s NA East Cups in Lancaster. It was pretty awesome.

Favorite hobby outside of derby: Trying to keep my plants alive.

Fun fact about you: I’m afraid of caterpillars.

A MINUTE WITH VIOLENT NO-REGARD OF TRI-CITY ROLLER DERBY

Violent No-Regard after playing with the Venus Flytraps. Photo credit: Darren Stehr

Full derby name: Violent No-Regard, #303 – but my teammates call me Ashfield (my last name). 

Age: 31

Position you play in derby: I am a pivot & play the “outside butt” position on Thunder (our A team), though I dabble in other positions on my home team, the Venus Flytraps (VFT).

Roles you have within Tri-City: A few, haha. Firstly, I’m on the Board of Directors, as the Vice President. I’m also the Head (and sole member) of the Membership committee, and am on the Policy committee. I co-captained Thunder for the 2019 season, and have been a captain of the VFT for a number of seasons now.

Years doing derby: Almost 8 years in the derby world, 7 with TCRD. I did low-contact briefly before, but I always knew I wanted to play full contact.

Favorite derby moment in your career: It’s definitely hard to pick just one! I have so many amazing memories of playing at tournaments (including the NA East Cup & D2), hosting events, and laughing with my teammates. Though, I think trips to Beast of the East, with my very fun home team, the VFT, are definitely a highlight that I’ll always remember. 

Favorite pre-bout pump-up song: I don’t have one in particular, but usually a fun 80s playlist will do the trick!

Favorite hobby outside of derby: There are hobbies outside of derby??? Hm, I guess when I’m not skating I like to spend time with my family and my dogs, play games, swim in lakes, do puzzles, travel, hike, and recently I have gotten into pottery.

Fun fact about you: I always thought I would have a Ninja Turtle derby name, as I love TMNT, but never ended up with one! 

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