Two members of the Eves of Destruction have been selected to the most prestigious event in Roller Derby, the World Cup, taking place in Manchester, UK February 1-4, 2018.
Rage, who plays for the Belles of the Brawl, was selected for team Indigenous last summer, and experienced derby announcer C-3Ph0, who also skates for the Margarita Villains, has been picked to represent Canada on the global announcer team.
As soon as she got the news Rage got to work:
“I was really shocked to make the team. I got to work right away and began training nearly every single day. I’m a single mom of two kids, I work, I and have a household to run. I worked out on every dinner break at work, with my kids strapped to my back hiking up mountains, in my living room with friends, anytime I could fit it in I would with one goal in mind: trying to prepare my body for the most intense competition I have ever faced before.”
As Rage, whose family is from The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation of Northern Saskatchewan explains, the mission and purpose of Team Indigenous Roller Derby is to unite the Indigenous roller derby community representing the proud once- borderless communities of their Ancestral Lands on these continents.
“We are committed to strengthening the sport of flat track roller derby, the athletes who play it and the Indigenous peoples throughout the world by representing the First Nations and Indigenous peoples in the Roller Derby World Cup. The current roster has women representing three continents and over 20 tribes.”
Rage was Captain 2012-2016 of her team The Belles of the Brawl and was awarded EOD League MVP in 2015. She also won 4 mvp awards in 2017.
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C-3Ph0 meanwhile, says she is more nervous and excited than she has been before any derby event in her career so far:
“I was thrilled, and honoured, to be chosen as a member for the World Cup announcing crew. The preparation for this event is beyond anything I have done in the past. It’s not just the usual skater research and roster information, the World Cup has teams representing over 35 countries, and as many languages, so there is pronunciation practice as well. There is so much talent that will be showcased at the World Cup, on and off the track, and it is a true privilege to be a part of that.”