Destination: Derby

Roster Announced for Destination: Derby’s 2015 Midwestern USA Trip

Destination: Derby officially announced the roster for the 2015 Midwestern USA journey on their Facebook page yesterday and I could not be more excited about having the opportunity to travel with such a great group of people. Some of them I already know quite well from over the past couple of years, others I will be meeting for the first time as we spend 20-ish days in close proximity travelling together, but there is still plenty of time to become acquainted with one another online as we all work hard at fundraising and attaining sponsorship for the trip.

Without further ado, here are the participants for 2015:

Addy 2 d’juster ‪#‎n10s – (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada)
B’Elanna Torrid #656 – (St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)
Cherri Blaster #6 – (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)
D’s Nutz #00 – (Astoria, Oregon, USA)
EZ Bruiser #44 – (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Faye Tality #23 – (Fernie, British Columbia, Canada)
First Aid Kitsch #80 – (St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)

Coach: Coach Rotten (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Referee
: Derrek “Pumba” Dezall (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Manager
: Theophany Tait (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Assistant
: Likittysplit (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Communications/Media Director: Kevin Dennison (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada)

And, of course, let’s not forget Tuck’Er Out and Roxyzzle, our two canine companions/mascots!

I’d just like to take a moment here to thank Sharyl Raines, B’Elanna Torrid, as well as the other founding members, for organizing this tremendous event and for having EZ Bruiser and I along for the ride. As we will be married in just over a month from now, this adventure will in many ways serve as our unofficial honeymoon (we have other plans for the official honeymoon later)!

As I briefly touched upon in the post announcing the postponement of the 2014 trip, I plan to not only blog about my experiences but also record some of it. My ultimate goal is to bring along my camera (pending it still working) and making a short documentary on the journey from the perspective of Falon (EZ Bruiser) and I as we travel from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan through several states with Destination: Derby. It will be great to meet new people, share our thoughts and experiences and to discuss all sort of issues and topics pertaining to roller derby as it exist throughout the Midwestern region of America as well as back home. Don’t expect anything super fancy, it’s not going to be the next big indie film, but I’m definitely looking forward to giving it a go!

Anyway, stay tuned to the Destination: Derby Facebook page as we will be launching our new official site later in the month. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to send an email to destinationderbymail@gmail.com at any time and somebody will get back to you shortly.

10 Days Left Until Application Deadline for Destination: Derby 2015

Destination: Derby is still looking for more people to apply as participants for the 2015 derby road trip through the United States journey next August. The team is hoping to have a total of 5 skaters, 3 officials (skating and/or non-skating), a coach and an assistant join them. Application deadline to join as a participant is set for August 30, 2014 with the final roster being announced on September 15.

Confirmed leagues that the group will visit include Electric City Roller Grrlz in Great Falls, Montana, Hellgate Rollergirls in Missoula, Montana, Coal Miner’s Daughters in Gillette, Wyoming, Happy Valley Derby Darlins in Spanish Fork, Utah, and TXRD in Austin, Texas. All 5 of these leagues were previously confirmed for the 2014 journey, which was unfortunately postponed due to injuries sustained by participants and a number of other unforeseeable circumstances.

Personally, I’m pumped for the trip. I’m excited to write about here on the blog and I also plan to bring along a video camera to film the trip for the purpose of putting together a small documentary of it. It will focus on the trip through the perspective of EZ Bruiser and I as we learn more about the game in its various incarnations, experience all of these communities and hear the stories of various derby folk across the US.

For more information, check out the Destination: Derby official blog and follow their Facebook page. If you have any questions about the application process, or to send yours in today, email destinationderbymail@gmail.com.

Don’t forget! The deadline is AUGUST 30, 2014, so if you are even a little bit interested make sure you look into it ASAP and get your application in before it’s too late!

Destination: Derby is Postponed Until Summer 2015

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform everyone that Destination: Derby has been postponed until next August due to a series of unforeseen events, unfortunate accidents and surprising career obligations. The official announcement post over at the Destination: Derby WordPress blog explains the decision in detail:

 

“As time drew closer to our departure date, our roster decreased drastically in number due to career commitments, and recently, due to injury and commitments to family and well-being.

The safety and well-being of our participants is of the utmost concern to our organization.  We do not want to embark upon a 22 day journey, where we would be subjecting our participants to constant changes in elevation, extreme heat, and an extremely fast-paced itinerary with little rest.  With one of our participants recently suffering a head injury, the elements are simply too much of a risk to their health, and we want our participants to be in good health and ready to face whatever obstacles present themselves with a clear head and a healthy body, and a healthy attitude.  One of our mascots is also suffering from an injury, and requires additional recovery time.

Life comes before roller derby, and several of our participants have been offered outstanding positions in their preferred field of employment.  Careers that allow for advancement, great benefits, and job security are not opportunities our participants could pass by, and by taking those careers, it left no room to take time off to participate in our journey.”

Destination: Derby Postpones to 2015

 

Life most certainly does come before roller derby. As much as I was excited for this trip I completely agree that our careers, family, education, personal health, etc. all come first (derby doesn’t pay the bills or put food on the table) and I am glad that the team has placed safety at the forefront by not pushing this trip with an injured skater and injured mascot.

Through the combined efforts of our whole team, we were able to raise almost $8000 through fundraisers and sponsorship this year, all of which will move forward into next year. Furthermore, everyone who was invited out on this year’s trip has been asked to partake in the journey next time and I have, of course, said yes. Now that we have a full year to prepare, that allows us a LOT more leeway to organize, get time of work, raise some awareness for the trip and for me, personally, to prepare my resources better so that I can provide the best coverage I can. With this postponement I can now start conducting video interviews on the trip for the blog (something I felt too swamped to do before)!

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