The Winnipeg Roller Derby League was born in 2008. Today, the league features two travel teams (the WRDL All-Stars and Bombshell Brawlers) and three house teams (BackSeat Betties, the Corporation, and Valkyries’ Wrath). Our public bouts take place at the Fort Garry Curling Club from May to September.
In 2014, we became full members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby. The WFTDA helps us collaborate and network with teams from around the world.
Our skaters are dedicated athletes. They train on the track and at the gym all year round. Home team members practice twice a week, while travel team members practice three times a week. All skaters come into the league after having completed an 8-month fresh meat training course.
Flat track roller derby is a full-contact sport, combining speed with strategy. The modern version of roller derby began in 2001, but its roots go back to the 1930s. However, unlike the first iteration of roller derby, in modern roller derby everything you see on the track is really happening. The hits are real, the falls are real, the strategy is real.
Unlike banked track roller derby, which is played on a special, raised track, flat track roller derby can be played on any flat surface large enough to tape out a track.
Winnipeg Roller Derby League members are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the league. We are a not-for-profit league, and we fund our operations through bout admissions, league member fees, and fundraising.