VJRD Has Nowhere to Roll!
Vancouver Junior Roller Derby (VJRD) is Vancouver’s only junior roller derby team and one of only two junior teams in the entire BC Lower Mainland. Since 2013, its 50+ skaters ranging in age from 6 to 18 have enjoyed weekly practices in the Mount Pleasant Community Centre gymnasium. On August 9th, the team’s Executive Board received notice that the Centre’s Association Board “has done a review of activities in the gym and has suspended Inline Skating and Roller Derby”—leaving the team with nowhere to play.
The VJRD will be holding Nowhere to Roll, a friendly on-wheels protest on Monday September 6th at 10am at Concord Park, 50 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver BC to raise awareness of the team’s situation and invite civic support. VJRD skaters will be showing off their skating skills. Board members, parents, coaches and skaters will be available for media interviews about why this “fringe” sport deserves space to flourish. Please join us!
Vancouver Needs a Venue for Roller Sports!
Roller skaters in Vancouver have little access to suitable facilities. Venues that do allow roller skates are scarce and expensive. VJRD and Terminal City Roller Derby (Vancouver’s adult league) do not currently have dependable access to an indoor facility that is sufficient for practice or competitive games.
Roller derby is known for its gender inclusive and LGBTQ/2S-friendly culture. For non-binary and female-identified kids, this inclusive culture encourages physical confidence and personal empowerment in potential athletes who may not otherwise try team sports. Roller derby is a safe place that welcomes these youth with open arms, yet the spaces for them to practice in Vancouver are in danger.
How can you help? Attend our event and sign our petition!
We acknowledge with respect and gratitude that we skate and live on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.