Host With the Most: International Roller Derby Playoffs Come to Vancouver

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It makes total sense why Vancouver loves its sports. We’ve got some of the best hockey, football and soccer teams going, but did you know Vancouver is also home to some of the fiercest, most skilled Roller Derby in the world?

Photo by Bob Ayers.
Photo by Bob Ayers.

This month, Vancouver’s own Terminal City Roller Girls will not only be competing for a spot at the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association’s (WFTDA) playoffs, they’ll be hosting the tournament from Richmond’s Olympic Oval.

In its 11th year, the International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships tournament series brings together the most talented skaters from WFTDA member leagues for game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Next week’s Division 1 playoffs will feature Roller Derby teams from all over the globe, including Melbourne’s Victorian Roller Derby League, Sweden’s Stockholm Roller Derby and several teams from throughout the US.

Last year, Terminal City Rollergirls’ charter team, the All-Stars finished 5th at the D1 Playoffs in Tucson. Trish Kinsey, Terminal City Rollergirls’ league President knows the stakes are high: “This year, we’re entering playoffs in 5th but this time we hope to finish even higher. Ultimately, we’re vying for a spot at Champs in November. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play well at home. There’s nothing like home track advantage.”

This year Vancouver will be competing for a spot in the Championship playoffs that are happening this November in Portland, Oregon. So far, Montreal is the only other Canadian team with a spot in the playoffs. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching from home, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year. The competition is fierce; so don’t miss out on an opportunity to support an incredible local team!

The Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association’s Division 1 Playoffs will be taking place at the Richmond Olympic Oval from September 16-18, 2016. Ten teams, including Vancouver’s own Terminal City Rollergirls, will be competing for a spot at the WFTDA Championships. Fans can get in on the action and purchase playoff tickets HERE. Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on Vancouver’s’ Terminal City Rollergirls from home via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel, at WFTDA.tv!