Team Canada (roller derby)
Red, white and black
|Head coach||Ewan Wotarmy (head)
Ian "Mack the Mouth" McKenzie (assistant)
|Manager||Bryan "Flyin Bryan Killman" McWilliam|
|Championships||2nd place at 2011 Roller Derby World Cup|
|Broadcasters||Derby News Network|
Team Canada represents Canada in women's international roller derby. The current team was first formed to compete at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup, and finished the tournament in second place to Team USA, losing the final 336 points to 33.
A previous Team Canada toured England and Scotland in June 2008. Skaters from the Calgary Roller Derby Association, Oil City Derby Girls, Saskatoon Roller Derby, Terminal City Roller Girls and Toronto Roller Derby played bouts against the Birmingham Blitz Dames, Glasgow Rollergirls and London Rollergirls.
A series of tryouts was announced for late 2013 to select the 2014 roster: November 23 in Saskatoon, SK hosted by Saskatoon Roller Derby, November 30 in New Hamburg, ON hosted by Tri-City Roller Girls and December 7 in Chilliwack, BC hosted by NWO Roller Girls. Over 150 skaters registered to tryout for Team Canada, with roughly half of them expected at the New Hamburg tryouts.
The 2014 roster was released on December 29, 2013. (league affiliations as of the time of the announcement)
2014 Coaching staff
In late 2013, the coaching staff for Team Canada at the 2014 World Cup was announced:
- Head Coach – Ewan Wotarmy - Montreal Roller Derby
- Assistant Coach – Mack the Mouth - Terminal City Rollergirls
- Manager – Flyin’ Bryan Killman – Toronto Roller Derby
2011 team roster
There are over 100 roller derby leagues in Canada, and over 100 Canadian women tried out for the team in 2011. Tryouts were held first in Toronto, Ontario at Toronto Roller Derby, then in Calgary, Alberta hosted by the Calgary Roller Derby Association, and lastly in Vancouver, British Columbia hosted by Reign Valley Vixens Roller Derby. The skaters being considered were placed on a shortlist, and team management announced the following twenty skaters as the inaugural roster in August 2011 (skater's home league at time of rostering in parentheses):
|18||8Mean Wheeler||Terminal City Roller Girls|
|45||Beretta Lynch||West Kootenay Women's Roller Derby|
|1111||Bone Machine||Montreal Roller Derby|
|218||Brim Stone (co-captain)||Toronto Roller Derby|
|40||Georgia W Tush||Montreal Roller Derby|
|822||Gunpowder Gertie||Red Deer Roller Derby Association|
|89||Hell on Keller||E-Ville Roller Derby|
|516||Iron Wench||Montreal Roller Derby|
|-8||Jess Bandit (co-captain)||Montreal Roller Derby|
|187||Killson||Forest City Derby Girls|
|2||Lil Mama||Montreal Roller Derby|
|44||LuluDemon||Terminal City Roller Girls|
|88||Maiden Sane||Pile O' Bones Derby Club|
|204||Motorhead Molly||Tri-City Roller Girls|
|C3P0||Rainbow Fight[note 1]||709 Derby Girls|
|10||Semi Precious||Rideau Valley Roller Girls|
|3X||Smack Daddy||Montreal Roller Derby|
|55||Soul Rekker||Rideau Valley Roller Girls|
|29||TAZ||Red Deer Roller Derby Association|
|50||Teeknee||Oil City Derby Girls|
|1491||Windigo||Houston Roller Derby|
2011 Coaching staff
2011 Roller Derby World Cup
Team Canada's first international action took place December 1 through 4 at the premiere Roller Derby World Cup, held in Toronto, Canada. Team Canada, one of thirteen nations competing, began group play at the tournament in Group A, along with teams representing Brazil, Sweden and France. Team Canada won all three of its group bouts, defeating France 244 to 17, Sweden 196 to 26 and Brazil 408 to 7. As a result of the Group round play, Team Canada was seeded second overall for the remainder of the tournament (to Team USA) and received a bye past the first elimination round. In their first elimination bout, Canada defeated tenth-seeded Finland 499 to 31, at that time the highest point spread yet in the tournament. Team Canada next faced third-seeded Team England in the first semi-final of day 4, winning the bout 161 to 90, but losing skater Georgia W Tush to a broken collarbone in the process. This set up Team Canada to face Team USA in the final (after Team USA defeated fourth seed Team Australia) and Team USA won by a final score of 336 to 33. In taking the silver medal, Team Canada scored more points against number one seed Team USA than all other teams at the tournament combined. At the conclusion of the tournament, Iron Wench was voted the team's Most Valuable Player, and Smack Daddy was voted the MVP of the entire tournament.
- “Rainbow Fight had to withdraw due to injury, and her spot on the roster was filled by Semi Precious.”
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