Arizona Derby Dames 2011 All-Girl Banked Track Roller Derby Demonstrational Bout at the Arizona State Fair - Mimes vs Clowns
October 22 2011
Sunday, October 30th at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Phoenix, Arizona (October 17, 2011) - The Arizona Derby Dames combine skaters from all five teams to form a special Halloween-themed demonstrational bout for the Arizona State Fair. Fair-goers will learn the sport of roller derby while watching the Clowns take on the Mimes. The event offers the chance to see some of the top skaters in the nation.
Roller derby is an ever-evolving contact sport that started as a race on roller skates in the 1920s. The sport became team-oriented about a decade later and was nationally broadcasted in the 1950s and 1960s. While the televised version had a staged element, the Arizona Derby Dames are 100% non-scripted action. Played on quad skates, roller derby athletes fly around an oval track to score points by passing members of the opposing team.
During the regular season, five teams compete for the league championship title while this bout is for “bragging rights.” Fans hope to see star skater Nurse Ratchet deliver one of her crushing blocks or Smacaroni N. Cheez jump over a fallen skater to take the lead.
“The thing I love the most about the league is the unity. We care for one another no matter what; on skates or off skates. This league is a family and that is what I love most about roller derby,” said Mime, Smacaroni N. Cheez, of the Arizona Derby Dames team, the Brutal Beauties.
The Arizona Derby Dames are committed to sustaining a league founded by, ran by, played by, and grown by women. The sport offers a unique combination of athletic training and personal support as women move through school, work, family life, and charity work.
Additionally, the league is focused on helping the community through charity work. Upcoming initiatives include Habitat for Humanity, a coupon drive for families of military members overseas, and emergency donations for a local homeless shelter.
The Arizona Derby Dames are paving the way for women’s extreme sports as one of only seven all-girl banked track roller derby leagues in the world. Over 100 talented women make up the Arizona Derby Dames. The league just finished season six with season seven officially starting in December.
This bout will feature skaters that recently competed against one another for the championship title on September 24th. The Coffin Draggers beat the Runaway Brides in a highly competitive and close matchup. Now they join forces to entertain and showcase their roller derby skills.
Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is located at 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602-252-6771). Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. with the bouts starting at 5:00 p.m. Admission into the bout is free with admission to the fair.
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