By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The purpose behind the joint press conference held by the Border City Brawlers and Windsor Pride was two-fold. Leading off, Brawler Kim Reaume (also known as Kim BashInjure) was pleased to announce the up-coming meeting between the Hiram Stalkers and the 519ers; house league teams within the Brawlers’ Flat Track Roller Derby League.
The match will take place on 31 March at the old Windsor Arena. The doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start. Tickets can be purchsed through any of your favourite Brawlers or online at Brown Paper Tickets. The cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children under 12 years are free with a paying adult.
Advertised as a “Barn Burner” Reaume promised that, in addition to family entertainment, the bout will include the display of top-flight physical fitness.
“Roller Derby is a fast paced, full contact sport for women,” Reaume said. “Our members are strong, diverse, and competitive women.”
The league is open to all women willing to learn the rules of roller derby, aged 18 years or older, and the league is recruiting on an on-going basis. Contact the Border City Brawlers online for mre details.
Secondly, the Brawlers, in conjunction with Windsor Pride announced an all inclusive gender policy development. Brawler Kate Hargreaves (also known as Pain Eyre) and Windsor Pride President Martha Daniels discussed the progress of creating a league that is accessable to all women.
“We are grateful to Windsor Pride for working closely with us this policy,” Hargreaves said. “The goal of this policy is to make participation with our league as includive as possible with all women.”
Daniels said, “This policy will only widen the pool of participants, widening the net, and gaining more options rather than narrowing that down. It’s an excellent way to find more qualified athletes.”
This is the first such out-reach to a sports organization in the Windsor area.