Kitchener LOCO Roller Derby presents Fall EquiKNOCKS!
Kitchener’s Fighting Fräuleins will face off against Stratford LOCO in a flat-track roller derby “grudge-match” that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
What is roller derby?
Roller Derby started all the way back in 1936, when during the depression, people needed entertainment. What started out as marathon skating, where people would skate around an oval track for many miles (for example, skate enough miles to cross the country) Leo Seltzer, the creator of roller derby, realized what the crowds really liked were the crashes and falls that occurred when tiring and racing skaters would run into each other.
Roller Derby was born. You may have seen old footage, and still can on the Internet, of old-school favorites like Skinny Minnie Miller and Ann “Banana Nose” Calvello. Back then roller derby was co-ed, and was very aggressive. Derby skaters took on characters like the good girl (Skinny Minnie) and the bad girl (Ann Calvello) and would incite the crowds, in the spirit of WWF wrestling today. In the 1970’s roller derby was pretty much like wrestling, with practiced moves; sending people over the rails of a banked track rail, or clothes-lining the opponents. Fights were staged, and it was a bit crazy. The fading of roller derby started with the gas shortages of the 1970’s when it became too expensive for the roller derby teams to keep traveling around.
Where: New Hamburg Arena, 251 Jacob Street, New Hamburg
When: September 29, 2012
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm. Game starts at 7:00pm.
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365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo is brought to you by Keith Marshall, Realtor with Royal Lepage Grand Valley Realty. As a kid I remember watching roller derby to TV on Saturday afternoons.