As we finalize the coming 2017 season we have made the decision to take a year off from presenting our yearly tournament – Quad City Chaos. A number of factors lead to this decision – the most important one being a potential change in our venue which makes scheduling an event the size of QCC rather difficult while we direct our attention as an organization elsewhere.
This is not a permanent end to QCC as we look forward to bringing it back in the 2018 season! But for now we look forward to hosting many more home games for our Toronto All-Stars this year – so fans, you’ll have more opportunities to see the best derby team in Toronto!
Stay tuned for scheduling information as we launch our 11th season in the new year!
Photo by Ashlea Wessel
This months MVP is Juggernaut J! Not only is she a staple on our SCB home team, but she has also been a HUGE support in this year’s off season. Juggs, as she’s affectionately known, worked tirelessly to plan and run our fresh meat program, giving our newest members an amazing start to their derby careers!
This job meant scheduling the trainers, organizing the Meat n Greet event for first timers, making practice goes smoothly, handling any and all feedback or questions from our Freshies, and she could even been seen on the Fresh Meat track offering some training herself! It is a GIANT job and our Juggernaut was more then successful. Also, let’s not forget that infectious smile!
We’d like to introduce you to the newest members of ToRD. They updated their look last year, and this year they’ve got a new name to go with it. No longer are our rookies going by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. They’ve animorphed into a deadly predator, and are ready to sink their fangs into this coming season – so let us know if you’ve got what it takes to take them on.
The D-VAS are now the Toronto Vipers! Does your rookie team have what it takes to take on the Vipers? Please contact email@example.com.
Photo by Neil Gunner
Wencer is a tour de force. You can find him, before every bout, tearing around the Bunker making sure that the sound system is set up, the announcers have what they need, the 50/50 draw is underway, and the tv broadcast is ready to go. When he isn’t adding colourful commentary to the Rogers broadcast, Wencer is rocking mics for tournaments big and small — from WFTDA sanctioned events like ECDX to the Fresh and Furious. Not only is he a great ambassador for our league, he helps foster new announcing talent that helps improves fan experience and build understanding of our sport.
But Wencer’s commitment to derby goes well beyond announcing and event duties. He is one of the co-heads of TORD’s PR committee and the driving force behind much of our social media. Wencer’s attention to detail and strategic thinking have helped our league as we continue to build an online presence and develop our audiences.
Wencer, you are the comma that completes our sentence. We cloud not do this without you.
Our 2016 season has come to an end, but if you are an experienced derby skater and looking to join us for 2017, now’s your chance! On Monday September 26 we will be holding a Transfer Test at 7pm at the Bunker. To sign up, and for any questions about the transfer test, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
August 2016 MVPs of the Month – The Gs!
G-Force!! and Mr Force at D1 Omaha in 2015, by Marko Niemelä Photography
GOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo Forces!!! This dynamic duo is a no brainer for our August MVP(s) of the Month! G and Mr. Force are an integral part of our derby community and have been for years. They are part of the heart of league and do so much to help us keep going and growing!
G-Force has her hand in so many areas of the league we can’t even list all the things she does… but we’ll try! G has been a mainstay for Front of House for the last few seasons. You will also see her at every bout helping out or rocking her booth in our vendor alley selling her amazing chain maille jewelry. G even sold our merch at the Men’s World Cup in Calgary this year! She is the voice of reason during league conversations and she will also be the one to join you for a beer afterwards. Lastly, and this does not get as much attention as it should, is the incredible support G gives to the D-VAS, our newest ToRD members, year after year. She welcomes, she teaches, she makes friends. In short, we ♥ her.
Mr. Force is awesome in his own right. We’re pretty sure the entire league knows of his magical technical and video powers. He is there for every ToRD game, whether it be our bouts, tournaments, away games and tournaments hosted by other leagues, Roll Out or even some of our scrimmages. Mr. Force is a big reason why we as a league and as skaters are able to be better. The footage he shoots helps us in soooo many ways. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience saved in his archives which helps us devise strategies, learn what we need to improve on and see the progress we have made. What is even more amazing is that he makes this all accessible to us and our family, friends, and fans of the derby community. We also love watching his videos to hear Mr. Force just off-camera yelling encouragements “GOOOOOOOOOOOO D-VAS!!”.
Together these two make an amazing pair and one the league would truly be remiss without – WE LOVE YOU FORCES!!