The Fernie Memorial Arena will be full of fishnets, zombie make-up and rock’n’roll when the roller derby comes to town.
Fernie’s own Avalanche City Roller Girls (ACRG) are undefeated this season and will be hosting the semi-finals of the East Kootenay Roller Derby League on Saturday, August 4.
The ACRG will take on the Mountain Town Maulers in one of the semi-final match-ups. The other will feature Invemere’s Killer Rollbots against the Bavarian Barbarians.
“We can’t wait to blow the Elk Valley’s collective minds by bringing modern roller derby to Fernie,” said ACRG coach, HeWhore. “When these ladies come home from work, they tuck their kids into bed, grab their skates and they become, well, superheroes.”
Flat track roller derby is full contact, aggressive and competitive. The object is for the jammer on each team to get through the pack of girls as many times as possible to score more points for their team.
“Wrapped in rock and roll, fishnets and zombie make-up, these girls are more like gladiators than any other modern athletes,” said Coach HeWhore.
The Fernie City council waived the rental fee on the Memorial Arena for the upcoming bout.
“The city has been amazing. They’ve really been flexible on our practice times,” said ACRG team member Chantel Souliere, also known as, Cherry Whiskey. “They’ve been really cooperative. It’s been great.”
Alya Ramadan from CBC’s Daybreak South in Kelowna will be the MC for the event.
Tickets for the family friendly event are $10 for adults, $5 for children and students, and children five and under get in for free. Tickets can be purchased at Freyja Lifestyle Fashion and Board Stiff in downtown Fernie or online at www.eastkootenanyrollerderby.com or at the door for $15. Doors open at 5 p.m.