Toronto, ON — The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce today that Orangeville Roller Girls has been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.
“We are so excited for the next step in our League. It’s something we’ve wanted since the beginning and we are so thrilled to start of the year with this great news!”- President of the Orangeville Roller Girls, BOOTE, Mel Goddard
As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, Orangeville Roller Girls joins the ranks of more than 300 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the Association. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.
Orangeville Roller Girls have a busy 2015 playing schedule, see below for dates:
Orangeville Roller Girls Fox Force Five (B-Team) vs Toronto Roller Derby DVAS – Toronto, ON – February 7, 2015
Orangeville Roller Girls Pulp Affliction (A-Team) vs GTARollergirls G-sTARs & Kingston Roller Derby Disloyalists – Orangeville, ON – March 7, 2015
Orangeville Roller Girls Fox Force Five – Winter Wipeout Tournament – Wellington, ON – March 28, 2015
Orangeville Roller Girls Fox Force Five vs GTARollergirls Derby Debutantes – Toronto, ON – May 30, 2015
Orangeville Roller Girls Pulp Affliction vs Tri-City Roller Derby Vicious Dishes – Kitchener, ON – September 26, 2015
Orangeville Roller Girls Pulp Affliction vs Battle Creek Cereal Killers Roller Derby – Battle Creek, Michigan – October 24, 2015
Orangeville Roller Girls Pulp Affliction vs Wellington Roller Derby Feims – Orangeville, ON – November 21, 2015
Orangeville Roller Girls Pulp Affliction vs Royal City Roller Girls Bruteleggers – Orangeville, ON – November 28, 2015
About the WFTDA
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the governing body for women’s flat-track roller derby, and a membership organization for the leagues to collaborate and network. The organization created and maintained the first standardized ruleset for the flat-track game, now in its fourth edition. The WFTDA also serves as the sanctioning body for games, hosts tournaments, sets safety standards and provides insurance to athletes and leagues. There are currently 302 WFTDA member leagues and more than 75 apprentice leagues worldwide.
About Orangeville Roller Girls
The Orangeville Roller Girls is an athletic and social organization formed to give all women in the Orangeville and surrounding areas the opportunity to learn and play the sport of flat track roller derby in a healthy and safe environment.
We are committed to the betterment of the physical and mental strength of its members through fostering the amateur sport of roller derby. Skaters are female aged eighteen and up; men age 18+ may be members of the league in the capacity of referee, coach or volunteer. Orangeville Roller Girls follows the Rules and guidelines set forth by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and subscribes to it’s “by the skaters, for the skaters” ethic.
Embodying the values of friendship, empowerment, dedication discipline, we demonstrate positive roles for women and act as contributing members of the local community, giving back through outreach, volunteerism and fundraising.
We will place character before appearance, be welcoming rather than exclusive, and honorable rather than popular: work earnestly, speak kindly, act sincerely and choose thoughtfully, be a good sport always, never be discouraged , be loyal in the words and actions to the ideas of our derby peers while also raising our own voices, so that together the members of our league become an expression of that which is truest and strongest in all of us.
Visit WFTDA’s Website to see the 25 Apprentice Leagues accepted this year!