The World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is hosting a new event this year, the first WSSF women’s roller derby dubbed “Vengeance In The Valley” between Whistler’s Black Diamond Betties and the Squamish Sea to Sky Sirens. The once popular entertainment sport in the 1930’s and 1940’s, women’s roller derby in Vancouver and in general has revived itself in the past 10 years and it promises to be one of the most watched events during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
Roller Derby Rivalry Heats Up in Whistler
The Vengeance in the Valley roller derby will take place on Monday, April 15th at the Whistler Conference Centre and will feature the MVP of B.C. for women’s roller derby Shannon Handley, who skates for the Squamish Sea to Sky Sirens. Under the derby name, “Mala Justed”, Shannon and the Squamish Sea to Sky Sirens are ranked 74th out of 200 teams in Canada. For Whistler’s Black Diamond Betties, this is there second full season in action and first derby hosted in Whistler.
A sport known for its strategic and fast spaced entertainment, flat track roller derby is a full contact sport played on four-wheeled (quad style) roller skates that combines speed skating athleticism with the intensity of hockey-like full contact maneuvers, such as blocking and checking. Vengeance in the Valley will take place at 8pm in the Sea to Sky Ballroom at the Whistler Conference Centre, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets for Vengeance in the Valley can be pre-purchased thru the online WSSF store. If you’re staying in or are coming to Whistler for the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, the Vegeance in the Valley roller derby may be one of the surprising events that you should check out at this year’s WSSF in Whistler.