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Season 10 End of Season Awards!

ToRD End Of Season Bash
On Saturday August 6, Toronto Roller Derby closed out our historic 10th Season with our annual End of Season Awards bash, which celebrates the best of Toronto Roller Derby, both on and off the track. Here are the 2016 winners:

The awards

Skating Awards
Best Jammer – Beaver Mansbridge (Gore-Gore Rollergirls)
Best Pivot – LowBlow Palooza (Smoke City)
Best Blocker – Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Rookie of the Year – Banshee (Chicks Ahoy!)
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Boxcar (Chicks Ahoy!)
Most Feared Skater – Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Most Improved Skater – Annguard (Chicks Ahoy!)
Holy Grail – Pretty (Chicks Ahoy!)

ToRD Culture Awards
Most Help off the Track – Morton
Encore Award – Murdercat!
Draw First Blood – Scrappy
Downright Awesome Award – Morton
Heart of Gold – Casey McNally

Tordie of the Year – Dawson

Most awards are voted upon by ToRD members, recognizing their peers for their performances both on and off the track, and are geared mostly towards recognizing members for their contributions to our home team season. Best Jammer is based on statistics from the 2016 Season. Best Blocker and Best Pivot are fairly self-explanatory. Rookie of the Year recognizes the best new skater who developed first and foremost as a ToRD member, and had not previously played for another full contact derby organization, while Best Newcomer recognizes a new skater who has transferred from another full contact league (Boxcar has a long derby lineage, including with Montreal, Rose City and Thunder Bay). Most Feared recognizes a skater who is your worst nightmare to face on the track, and Most Improved Skater recognizes a skater who has shown a noticeable growth and improvement in their play, leadership and skating. While not a skater award per se, the Holy Grail award returned this year, honouring the bench manager who has the greatest impact on their team’s success.

Most Help Off the Track goes to a skater who contributes strongly to the league behind the scenes. The Encore Award (“winning the afterparty”) represents the fun side of Toronto Roller Derby.

The D-VAS introduced a new award this season, the Draw First Blood award. This award goes to a team member that always brings 100% to every practice, consistently shows the most enthusiasm, and pushes the team. A brief collection of accolades from Scrappy’s teammates:

“There’s a lot of personalities, varying skill levels, and personal and team goals to navigate. Scrappy finds the balance with such confidence and positivity. She keeps us focused, makes us work, and brings the fun! … She wanted the team to really work at this sport we all love, but she never made those who needed a lower intensity feel excluded … She motivates the D-VAS into getting the best out of practice and scrimmages. She is gracious and effective when it comes to skater feedback and giving tips to get you to your best level. … she makes the team committed and perform with all their heart, as she always does. All heart, that’s Scrappy.”

The Downright Awesome Award, named for its first recipient in 2009 (“Downright Dirty” Dawson) recognizes someone who makes a positive change in ToRD culture. This is also a pay-it-forward award, with each year’s recipient picking the winner the following year. Last year’s winner, Honey Boom Boom, honored Morton, for all of her hard work behind the scenes throughout the season, including organizing the annual league draft. Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2009: Dawson
  • 2010: Speedin Hawking
  • 2011: Chronic
  • 2012: Babushkill
  • 2013: Betty Bomber
  • 2014: Mr Force
  • 2015: Honey Boom Boom

The ToRD Heart of Gold Award, also known as the Crankypants Award (named in honour of our former announcer Cranky), recognizes a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. This year’s winner is volunteer extraordinaire Casey McNally, who contributes to every single event during the ToRD season, whether that is selling tickets, working the beer table, helping with setup or teardown or even donating raffle prizes. Thank you, Casey, for everything you do for ToRD!

Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2012: Mr Force
  • 2013: The Reverend Ramirez
  • 2014: Wencer / Mr Whistler
  • 2015: Derby Nerd

the 2016 ToRDie of the Year is Dawson. ToRDies of the Year goes to a skater who “has experienced on-track success and who has best exemplified the values and spirit of ToRD on and off the track this past season. Our league values include: Community, Inclusivity, Empowerment, Development, and Respect.” A veteran skater, Dawson is the epitome of the heart and soul of Toronto Roller Derby, a magical combination of skill, attitude, fun and passion for the game that is infectious.

5 and 10-years!

At every End of Season event, we recognize our veteran members who have reached their 5-year mark with Toronto Roller Derby. The people to hit that milestone this year were:

  • Babushkill
  • Biggley Smallz
  • Free Range Clam
  • Joss Wheelin’
  • Lexi Con
  • LowBlow Palooza
  • Mazel Tough
  • Moose Knuckles
  • R2 Smack U
  • Viktory Lapp
  • WackedHer

ToRD End Of Season 10 years
As this was Toronto Roller Derby’s 10th Season, we were thrilled to be able to honour members who go back to the very beginning! 10 years is a long time, and it is an age in roller derby terms. Congratulations to the following folks for sticking with it:

  • Betty Bomber – D-VAS (original), Death Track Dolls, CN Power / ToRD All-Stars
  • Classic Joker – ToRD Officials
  • G-Force!! – Chicks Ahoy!, CN Power, D-VAS
  • Mia Culprit – D-VAS (original), Gore-Gore Rollergirls, Smoke City Betties, CN Power / ToRD All-Stars
  • Penny Whistler – ToRD Officials

Thank you

Two other one-time awards were handed out:

In honour of their continued service to and work for Toronto Roller Derby, G-Force!! and her husband Mr Force were recognized as The Big Gs, with a trophy that featured a dinosaur on it. As one of the rare 10-year skaters in ToRD, and a long time trainer, advisor and committee member G-Force!! has put in countless hours over the years. If you lined up those hours end to end they would certainly break a metaphor halfway around the world. Mr Force of course is the brains and brawn behind layer9.ca, the most extensive archive of ToRD video footage going back to the first season. ToRD would not be where we are without their efforts.

Former league president, and retiring skater Mazel Tough was honoured with the Tough as Nails award. In her years with the league Tough served multiple years on the executive and basically made everything work. Her leadership, perseverance, commitment and friendship will all be missed greatly.

Thank you to everyone on the EoS Committee for putting together a wonderful, fun event to mark Season 10, thank you also to Bill Murray for being our host, and congratulations to all of this season’s winners!

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2015 End of Season Award Winners Announced

On Friday July 3, Toronto Roller Derby held its annual End of Season Awards night, where we recognized the best of what Toronto Roller Derby has to offer, both on and off the track. Here are the 2015 winners:

Skating Awards
Best Jammer – Sleeper Hold (Death Track Dolls)
Best Pivot – Honey Boom Boom (Smoke City Betties)
Best Blocker – Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Double Threat – Beaver Mansbridge (Gore-Gore Rollergirls)
Rookie of the Year – Pr’Editor (Death Track Dolls)
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Smoka Cola (Smoke City Betties)
Most Improved Skater – Lowblowpoloza (Smoke City Betties)

ToRD Culture Awards
Best Boutfit – TIE: Murdercat! and WackedHer
Encore Award – Jill ‘em all
Most Help off the Track – Android W.K.
Tordie of the Year – Mazel Tough
Heart of Gold – The Derby Nerd
Downright Awesome Award – Honey Boom Boom

Most awards are voted upon by ToRD members, to recognize their peers for their performances both on and off the track, and are geared mostly towards recognizing members for their contributions to our home team season. Best Jammer is based on statistics from the 2015 Season. Best Blocker and Best Pivot are fairly self-explanatory. Double Threat recognizes a skater who excels at both Blocking and Jamming, and Most Improved Skater recognizes a skater who has shown a noticeable growth and improvement in their play, leadership and skating. Rookie of the Year and Best Newcomer are similar, with an important distinction: Rookie of the Year recognizes the best new skater who developed first and foremost as a ToRD member, and had not previously played for another full contact derby organization, while Best Newcomer recognizes a new skater who has transferred from another full contact league (Smoka Cola transferred to ToRD for 2015 from Misfit Militia in Alliston, Ontario).

Most Help Off the Track goes to a skater who contributes strongly to the league behind the scenes. As a member of the Marketing and Bout Committees, Android W.K. has been a valuable contributor, helping coordinate our public events, all in addition to being a valued member of CN Power. The Encore Award (“winning the afterparty”) and Best Boutfit Awards are awards that represent the fun side of Toronto Roller Derby.

The Downright Awesome Award this season goes to Honey Boom Boom, of the Smoke City Betties and the Bay Street Bruisers. The Downright Awesome Award, named for its first recipient in 2009 (“Downright Dirty” Dawson) recognizes someone who makes a positive change in ToRD culture. This is also a pay-it-forward award, with each year’s recipient picking the winner the following year.  Mr Force had this to say about this year’s recipient:

“The key bout day liaison point with Rogers since 2013, Boom also produces the annual Quad City Chaos boutcasts, and in 2015 liaised with WFTDA.tv to broadcast sanctioned QCC2015 bouts. Her work on QCC was key in getting folk to look for boutcast sponsors. The last three years Boom has also helped the GTA Rollergirls boutcast their Fresh & Furious Tournament, and ToRD’s Pride events in 2013 & 2014 (also co-productions with GTAR) – thus helping to maintain an external league relationship. These achievements are all about changing how ToRD is viewed by the world. Oh and, Roller Derby? As co-captain of the Bruisers, she’s contributed to the culture during a period of change on BSB.”

Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2009: Dawson
  • 2010: Speedin Hawking
  • 2011: Chronic
  • 2012: Babushkill
  • 2013: Betty Bomber
  • 2014: Mr Force

Derby Nerd received the 2015 ToRD Heart of Gold Award, also known as the Crankypants Award (named in honour of our former announcer Cranky), which recognizes a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. His contributions as an announcer, reporter and stats nerd have helped ToRD not just with their broadcasts on Rogers TV, Layer9 and WFTDA.tv, but also help us present the ToRD story to the sports world at large.

Previous winners of this award are:

2012: Mr Force
2013: The Reverend Ramirez
2014: Wencer / Mr Whistler

The ToRDie of the Year award (formerly known as the Rollergirl of the Year) went to outgoing league President Mazel Tough. Tough’s leadership and hard work behind the scenes the past few seasons have been immeasurable, in helping ToRD face and overcome many challenges, and leaves big shoes to fill – don’t worry, Betties fans, she is not retiring, merely stepping down from the executive. Toronto Roller Derby has been lucky to have Tough at the helm, and we all say Thank You for her service, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Thank you also to the D-VAS for organizing a fun event!

What’s next derby fans? While our home season is over for 2015, both the Bay Street Bruisers still have some road games ahead of them, so stay tuned for information about that. CN Power is awaiting word about the 2015 WFTDA International Playoffs, and which tournament they may qualify for. Later this summer, the first stage of this year’s Home Team Draft will take place, as our home teams restock their rosters to cope with the inevitable retirements that take place in the off-season. We will keep you updated on all the troop movement as it happens.

Toronto Roller Derby rolls into 9th season

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TORONTO ROLLER DERBY ROLLS INTO 9TH SEASON

Toronto Roller Derby’s 9th Season Begins Saturday January 17th at the Bunker, in Downsview Park – But will the season end there?

TORONTO -Toronto Roller Derby (ToRD) kicks off its 9th season this Saturday Jan. 17 at 5 pm at the Downsview Park Bunker with a doubleheader featuring Toronto’s beloved home teams; last season’s league champions the Death Track Dolls, plus The Gore-Gore Rollergirls, The Smoke City Betties, and Chicks Ahoy!

The first game begins at 5 p.m. with The Gores and The Dolls battling once again. They last met in the 2014 Battle for The Boot (our championship game), in which the Dolls came out on top. Fur will fly and blood will splatter in this rematch. Then at 7 pm, it’s the shakedown between The Chicks and The Betties. With new draft picks, new lines and off-season training the Chicks will be working to anchor a secure win, but this season’s Betties are scrappier and armed with a new game. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; can the seafaring Chicks douse the flames?

ToRD’s Jan. 17 season opener marks the start of six months full of competitive roller derby action, with some of the toughest athletes in the GTA donning their roller skates and showing you what heart is. The largest flat-track roller derby league in Canada, ToRD is made up of over 120 active skaters who compete locally and internationally, including 40 skaters under the age of 18 in our affiliate Junior league, Toronto Jr. Roller Derby (TJRD). The skaters you see on the track are the same that serve on our Board of Directors, coordinate our bouts, book the halftime shows, sell t-shirts, set up the stands and publicize each game.

Our 9th year promises to be the toughest one yet. Our current home is at Downsview Park, fondly known as The Bunker amongst our fans, but new demands on the space and changes in the Park have us searching for a new home. This means that come April, as our playoffs begin, our league will be without a space in which to practice and play.

“Roller derby is like nothing else. Since it came to Toronto it’s consistently grown, attracting new skaters, fans and volunteers. It has truly changed the lives of so many people who have been involved over the years. In order to continue to engage so many people in our city with this unique sport, we need a space we can do that in,” said ToRD President Mazel Tough, who skates with The Betties.

Skaters have been working around the clock to save the 2015 season and find ToRD a new home, but we have yet to find a good fit. With so many sports and community groups vying for space to play and gather, coupled with the high costs of renting appropriate space, carving out a place for roller derby has proven to be a difficult challenge. So now we’re asking you for help. If you rent, own, sell or use space that meets the following requirements please get in touch with us at pr@torontorollerderby.com

What ToRD needs:

  • Roughly 20,000 square feet for bouting space (room for fans and vendors) for up to $10,000 per month
  • Accessible fan seating and washrooms for capacity of 1500-4000
  • Good air quality and lighting
  • Space for vendors and sponsors’ signage
  • Location must be within the City of Toronto with TTC access and parking available

“We (ToRD) are really hopeful that the community in Toronto who support what we do will rally to help us find a space to keep doing what we do. Because what we do is pretty amazing, empowering and great to watch,” said Mazel Tough.

Help us make sure we make it to season 10 and we’ll keep the good times rolling – literally.

– 30 –

Media Contacts:
Mazel Tough (aka Elissa Hermolin elissahermolin@hotmail.com 647-280-3593)
Android W.K. (aka Nicole Maxwell)
pr@torontorollerderby.com
Photos available upon request.

Event Details:
Address for The Bunker: 40 Carl Hall Road, Studio 3
Doors open at 4 p.m.
First bout Gores/Dolls starts at 5 p.m.
Second bout Chicks/Betties starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets available at the door for $18 or advance purchase online for $12
Licensed Event
After Party: Two Bite Saloon (840 Bloor St. West) @ 10:30 pm

2014 End of Season Award Winners Announced

On Saturday November 15th, Toronto Roller Derby held its annual End of Season Awards night, where we recognized the best of what Toronto Roller Derby has to offer, both on and off the track. Here are the 2014 winners:

Top Jammer: Bellefast (Death Track Dolls)
Best Blocker (a tie!): Misery Mae (Smoke City Betties) and Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Best Pivot: Android W.K (Death Track Dolls)
Double Threat: Android W.K (Death Track Dolls)
Most Improved Skater: Block québécois (Death Track Dolls)
Rookie of the Year: Sleeper Hold (Death Track Dolls)
Best Boutfit: Catch-Up & Mus-ToRD
Best Newcomer: Devochka (Death Track Dolls)
Most Help Off the Track: Scarcasm (CN Power)
Encore Award (wins the after party): Vag Lightning (D-VAS)
Downright Awesome Award: Mr Force
Heart of Gold: Wencer
Roller Girl of the Year: Dusty (CN Power)

Top Jammer is based on statistics from the 2014 Season. Best Blocker and Best Pivot are fairly self-explanatory. Double Threat recognizes a skater who excels at both Blocking and Jamming, and Most Improved Skater recognizes a skater who has shown a noticeable growth and improvement in their skating. Rookie of the Year and Best Newcomer are similar, with an important distinction: Rookie of the Year recognized the best new skater who developed first and foremost as a ToRD member, and had not previously played for another full contact derby organization, while Best Newcomer recognizes a new skater who has transferred from another full contact league. (Devochka got her start with Durham Region Roller Derby.)

Most Help Off the Track goes to a skater who contributes strongly to the league behind the scenes. Scarcasm has been a true leader, as co-head of our league’s Testing and Training Committee, has helped train our newest members, helped run the Smoke City Betties’ bench for much of this season, all in addition to being a valued member of CN Power. The Encore Award (“winning the afterparty”) and Best Boutfit Awards are awards that represent the fun side of Toronto Roller Derby.

The Downright Awesome Award this season goes to Mr Force, who runs our online boutcasts, and has been recording trackside footage since almost the very beginning of ToRD. The Downright Awesome Award, named for its first recipient in 2009 (“Downright Dirty” Dawson) recognizes someone who makes a positive change in ToRD culture. This is also a pay-it-forward award, with each year’s recipient picking the winner the following year. previous winners of this award are:

  • 2009: Dawson
  • 2010: Speedin Hawking
  • 2011: Chronic
  • 2012: Babushkill
  • 2013: Betty Bomber

Wencer, also known as Mr Whistler, received the 2014 ToRD Heart of Gold Award, also known as the Crankypants Award (named in honour of our former announcer Cranky), which recognizes a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2012: Mr Force
  • 2013: The Reverend Ramirez

Retiring skater Dusty (aka Dust Bunny, aka Defecaitlin) is the recipient of the 2014 ToRD Roller Girl of the Year Award, and well deserved too. She’s been one of the main faces of Toronto Roller Derby for many years, and we’re going to miss her and all of her contributions. Before she hangs up the skates for the last time, she will be skating under her legal surname Watson for Team Canada at the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas in December. Thank you for everything, Dusty!

Congratulations to all the winners! Next up for ToRD, Friday November 21st will be our annual home team draft, when the Smoke City Betties, Chicks Ahoy!, Gore-Gore Rollergirls and Death Track Dolls restock their rosters in advance of the 2015 Season, which is just around the corner in January! Stay tuned for draft results this weekend!

End of Season Award Winners

On Saturday November 9th Toronto Roller Derby held their end of season bash, a celebration of the year we just had, and a chance to reward some of our own for an exceptional year of derby.

The award winners are:

Best Boutfit/Makeup – Slam Wow
Best Helmet Hair – Dawson
Most Help Off the Track – DVAS
Most Improved Skater – Chronic and Bala Reina
Miss Squeaky Clean – Dust Bunny
Most Feared – BruiseBerry Pie
Downright Awesome – Babushkill
Best Blocker – Nasher the Smasher
Best Pivot – Tara Part
Best Jammer – Bala Reina
Triple Threat – Betty Bomber
Fan Choice – Bambi
Rookie of the Year – Bellefast
Rollergirl of the Year – Crankypants

Introduced in 2012 is the Heart of Gold Award, created in honour of our announcer Crankypants, who is retiring this year. The Heart of Gold Award recognises a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. The inagural Heart of Gold Award was awarded to Mr. Force, who has recorded pretty much every ToRD bout ever.

It was a night filled with touching moments, as we wished Crankypants farewell. His spirit and enthusiasm for the sport will e with us always. Mr. Whistler put together the following tribute video in celebration of our years with Crankypants:

We would also like to thank you, our fans and supporters, for helping make last year happen. Now we turn to 2013 and making more good things happen!

2012 Draft Results

On Saturday October 15th ToRD held it’s 2012 home team draft. With 33 D-VAS in the draft pool and only 12 roster spots available, the competition was fierce and selecting candidates difficult.

Please congratulate and welcome the following skaters to the 4 ToRD home teams:

Chicks Ahoy: Biggley Smallz, Roadside BombShel, Doris Doomsday

Death Track Dolls: Ames to Kill, Bellefast, Scarcasm, UpHer Cut

Gore Gore Rollergirls: hellbat

Smoke City Betties: General Patten, Renny Rumble, Laya Beaton, Slaptrick Swayze

Your D-VAS entering 2012 are:
Babushkill
Bridget Bones
Chevy Impaler
Corey Maim
Creepella
Diss/Cuss
Free Range Clam
G-Force!!
Goldiee Nokzz
La Jukeacabra
Lexi Con
Keri Daway
Knock Turn
Krash
LowBlowPalooza
Machete Maiden
Mad Smax
Margaret Smackwood
Mary Magdilema
Mazel Tough
Mean Streak
Purple Pain
RoseThud
Scrappy Skinz
Skinned-Knee Crosby
Smack Mia Round
Viktory Lapp
Zom-Boney

With so many returning skaters to the DVAS, they are sure to have a successful year competing against other rookie teams, laying a solid foundation for the 2013 draft.