Calgary Roller Derby

Easy Break Oven On Board as Seventh Guest of Trans* Awareness in Sports Week

And then there were seven! We’re proud to announce that Angie Reid, aka Easy Break Oven, will be contributing to Derby Frontier once again for Trans* Awareness in Sports Week. For last year’s inaugural event she contributed two outstanding articles entitled “Getting There is Half the Bout”, which was all about how current policies regarding identity documents and travel in North America present an additional challenge for trans* athletes looking to compete, and “Enforcing the Gender Binary”, which discussed endocrine systems/HRT and some of the really weird ways that’s been enforced in sports.

Easy Break Oven is a jammer for the Calgary Roller Derby Association (CRDA) All-Star team and co-captain of Team Alberta. Having loved rollerblading during college, and developed her skills dodging cars and skittering over sketchy sidewalks, roller derby was a perfect fit.

She’s been skating derby since 2011, beginning with Edmonton’s Oil City Derby Girls, before transferring to CRDA in 2014, and has been working to expand her coaching skills as a regular guest coach with the Rocky View Junior Roller Derby Association. Easy is eager to be a part of CRDA’s 2015 season and their drive to make Division 1 playoffs, after their debut year saw a staggering jump to #56 in the WFTDA official rankings. With a perfect 8-0 record at the Wild West Showdown, Maple Stir-up, and their home games, CRDA’s All-Stars are getting noticed. Team Alberta also went undefeated with a 6-0 record at the Toban Tussle and Hicktown Throwdown, besting opponents such as Team Manitoba, Team Ontario, and the Thompson-Okanagan All-Star Team (aka TOAST, a B.C.-based superteam). CRDA’s first WFTDA action this year will be in March at How the West Was Won in Arizona, followed by a packed schedule with a major event every month thereafter.

Easy is also working at spearheading the first trans vs. cis bout, “Girls like us vs. Cisters of Mercy” at this year’s upcoming Rollercon. She likes to keep busy off-skates as well, having done a variety of talks on trans issues at local community colleges, and has an upcoming workshop, in partnership with Edmonton’s Traveling Tickle Trunk, on trans sexualities from a pro-pleasure feminist perspective. By day, Easy is an electronic technologist for a major oilfiled services company, which helps keep her geeky side occupied, and her gas tank full!

*Feature image courtesy of Sean Murphy.

Derby Frontier Makes Top Five Nominee Shortlist in Two Categories of 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards

Written by Kevin Dennison

In the powerful words of Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time: “Oh. My. Glob!” I am incredibly honored for Derby Frontier to have been chosen as one of the Top Five Nominees in the categories of “LGBTQ” and “Sports & Recreation” for the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards. 530 Canadian blogs received nominations across 26 categories this year. With so much stellar content coming from all of those nominees, it is honestly a surreal feeling to have been selected for the shortlist of any category, let alone two of them!

While I am certainly thrilled to have been selected as a finalist in both categories, being shortlisted for LGBTQ blog of the year is something that I am particularly excited about. LGBTQI+ advocacy has been very near and dear to my heart for quite some time now. As a pansexual and trans* individual, who is passionate about contributing to the Trans* and LGBTQ Rights Movement across Saskatchewan in my everyday life, I feel extremely fortunate to have been recognized in that grouping.

I’d like to sincerely thank Ms. Dr. Joseph L. Simonis of the Windy City Rollers, Angie Reid (aka Easy Break Oven) of Calgary Roller Derby, Mack Schneider (aka The Smacktivist) of the Ohio Roller Girls, Andee Scallion (aka Miss Identified) of Hartford Area Roller Derby, celebrated triathlete Chris Mosier, and Mikayla Schultz of Gender Talk and TransSask Support Services, for contributing so much outstanding content to the blog during Trans* Awareness in Sports Week this year. I do not doubt one bit that your participation in this event played a great role in Derby Frontier getting recognized for its LGBTQ content!

I also want to say an ENORMOUS thank you to my wife Falon Dennison, aka EZ Bruiser, as she has always been there to cheer me on through my late nights wrestling with crippling self-doubt. She has been a tremendous source of encouragement and support through many of the biggest ups and downs I have ever faced as a blogger and she really helps me keep myself grounded. Additionally, this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my good friend and long time supporter of the blog, Hannah Wilkinson, aka Willkillsome. She has written a few pieces herself, helps with the social media side of things on occasion, and is just generally there for me a great deal not only in terms of the blog and derby stuff but in life as well.

Then, of course, there are the countless individuals from roller derby communities around the world who have agreed to interviews, as well as to the bout photographers who have provided photo usage permission for images included in the hundreds of blog posts here, and to all of you across the globe who continue reading and sharing content from Derby Frontier! Thank you all!

Finally, I would like to congratulate all of the other shortlisted blogs in this year’s competition. The work that all of you have put into your writing is incredibly inspiring and I wish each of you the best of luck during the final selection process.

Check out the other outstanding shortlisted blogs from the LGBTQ and Sports & Recreation categories here:

LGBTQ

Acts of Greatness
alfred lives here
I Dig Your Girlfriend
Gender Focus
Derby Frontier

Sports & Recreation

Derby Frontier
The Hoop Doctors
Toronto Mike
Active Kids Active Family
8 Clicks From Nowhere

As an added bonus, this announcement makes the 200th post on Derby Frontier! Hooray for celebrating milestones!

The first, second and third place winners from all 26 categories of the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards will be announced on Monday, December 15, 2014. If you’d like to keep updated on the awards, you can like their Facebook page or follow them on twitter. Also be sure to check out Schmutzie.com, owned and operated by Regina’s very own Elan Morgan. The Canadian Weblog Awards are a juried competition brought to Canada’s blogosphere by Elan and her outstanding team of volunteers!

To learn more about Derby Frontier. Check out the About section!

Easy Break Oven Hopes to Address Sex and Gender in Sports With Challenge Bout at Rollercon 2015

Written by Kevin Dennison

If you haven’t already been able to tell from the immense amount of excited status updates in your newsfeed, tickets for Rollercon 2015 went on sale this morning and hundreds of derby folk around the world are already eagerly making shenanigan filled plans for their trips to Las Vegas next July. Amidst all of this is Angie Reid, aka Easy Break Oven, of the Calgary Roller Derby Association and Team Alberta, who is hard at work organizing a challenge bout focused on smashing some of the hurtful myths that stigmatize trans* skaters and showing that more members of the greater derby community support trans* skaters than those who do not.

The bout, entitled “Girls Like Us vs Cisters of Mercy”, will pit femme-of-center skaters on the trans/gender non-conforming (GNC) spectrum against skaters whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex. “One reason I’d like to see the femme side represented is to counter mainstream arguments that trans women shouldn’t compete against cis women. So, I’m hoping an all trans/GNC femmes vs. cis women’s bout would blow some bigoted minds!” said Easy Break when I contacted her earlier today about her idea. “I’m really hoping to show how trans/GNC folks are considered full members of the derby community, that we are treated as equals and that cisgender women are eager to play with and against us. In fact, the cisgender side of the roster is filling up first!”

The idea to hold this challenge bout came to Easy Break as she was reflecting on just how many big steps the sport of roller derby has taken in moving forward with acceptance and awareness for trans* athletes; and what better place to continue the conversation than at derby’s largest annual conference! “Rollercon has always provided a forum where there can be a celebration of all sorts of identities and sexualities. With the Vagine Regime’s queer vs straight, and drag queens vs. drag kings bouts, the Friday bout lineup has had a strong focus on being out and proud. With the way understanding of transgender and gender-non-conforming identities has been progressing, and the release of the VR’s documentary “In The Turn”, I felt the atmosphere is right to have this bout as the next step.”

Screen cap from the official trailer for "In The Turn".

Screen cap from the official trailer for “In The Turn”.

So, if you’re going to Rollercon and you would like to be a part of this PIVOTal (get it? Hah!) dialogue, please consider playing in the “Girls Like Us vs Cisters of Mercy” challenge bout! To sign up, fill in the form located HERE. You can also follow the planning thread happening over at the Rollercon message boards HERE.