The Beginnings

In June of 2006, a small group of women were looking to bring the recently revived sport of roller derby to Calgary. These women—Profanity Annie, Scarla Maim, Rollover Jean and Roxy Acetylene—formed the Sandstone City Roller Girls and built the foundations of Calgary’s first roller derby league. After a lot of grassroots promotion and some tough financial decisions, these ladies designated the league as a not-for-profit organization and became the Calgary Roller Derby Association.

A girl by the name of Wendy Wallace sent out an email to see if there was enough interest to embark on this journey, and invited all interested parties to a meeting at Trend Fashions in Kensington.

The fledgling league started conversations with roller speed skating coach Tyler Congdon at Lloyd’s Roller Rink who began to work with them to develop basic skating skills. (Congdon continues to run workshops that local derby skaters, both seasoned and fresh, attend as often as they can).

Helen Wheels (AKA Sheriff Shutyerpaio) of Arizona Roller Derby got wind of the new league getting their bearings in Calgary, when she was in town with her derby ref husband (Hot Wheels), visiting his parents. She had simply been hoping Calgary had a league so that she could get in some skating on the trip. The fledgling league ended up planning a full boot-camp with Helen Wheels and learned more about the essentials of game play, from blocking skills to falling properly.

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