Roller derby is not for the faint of heart: it showcases high-contact brawling, collisions on hard surfaces, and frequent trash talking about wrist-guard fashion. Witness skate-based behaviour with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two roller-derby tickets to see the Terminal City Roller Girls on Saturday, July 9 at Minoru Arena in Richmond (a $40 value at the door, a $30 value in advance). Tickets for children 6–12 normally are $10, and children 5 and younger get free admission.
A member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association and Vancouver's first female roller-derby league, the Terminal City Roller Girls maintain four house teams composed of more than 60 local skate mavens from all walks of life. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 as the TCRG All-Stars take on Portland's Axles of Annihilation for an evening of full-contact debates on elbow-pad etiquette. Action starts at 6:30 p.m. when rookies from all four teams meet for a prebout scrimmage. The main event ensues at 7:30 p.m. as TCRG's top rollers collide on the flat track with Portland's finest and any lost car-side diner waitresses. Gals get unladylike as they shoulder-check and hip-bump one another with minimal padding but maximum panache, whipping jammers through the scrum to surpass the opponent's pivot skater while simultaneously waylaying the opposing jammer. Over the course of each 30-minute half, damsels uphold such monikers as Apocaliz Now, Trixi Trippin Chix, and Tiki TimeBomb.
A player-owned-and-operated league, the TCRG seeks to empower individuals on and off the track by working with local charities such as Kids Up Front, which pairs underprivileged children with tickets to the theater, sporting events, and culture events.
Terminal City Rollergirls
In 2006, a small group of women met over a plate of nachos to discuss a dream that they shared: launching Vancouver's first all-women roller derby league. Seven years later, the Terminal City Rollergirls has blossomed into a flat-track institution, with more than 60 active participants, four full teams, and its own training program that teaches aspiring competitors the tricks of the trade. The league's teams— the Riot Girls, the Bad Reputations, the Faster Pussycats, and Public Frenemy—square off in bouts overseen by Terminal City's in-house referees, who call major fouls by putting players in the penalty box and recognize good play by throwing smiley-faced stickers into the crowd.
7551 Minoru Gate
Richmond, British Columbia V6Y 1R8