Gainesville Roller Rebels

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Gainesville Roller Rebels
Metro area Gainesville, FL
Country United States
Founded 2007
Teams Allstar Travel Team
Millhopper Devils
Swamp City Sirens
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Alachua County Fairgrounds
Affiliations WFTDA
Website gainesvillerollerrebels.com

The Gainesville Roller Rebels (GRR) is a roller derby league based in Gainesville, Florida. Founded in 2007, the league consists of two home teams, and an all star team which competes against teams from other leagues.

The league was founded in late 2007 by Catherine Seemann, known as "Ms. Rebel".[1] She recruited skaters using a variety of methods, including flyering, posting on MySpace, and talking to friends.[2]

By late 2009, the league was playing regularly, to crowds of around 400 people, and beat the Tallahassee Rollergirls in an upset.[3]

The league was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in January 2012,[4] and it graduated to full membership in December 2012.[5]

In March 2013, the league debuted in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's rankings at 51,[6] the highest entry by a previously unranked team and the only to premier within the top 100.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dorene Internicola, "Roller Derby: The sisterhood of the skates", Reuters, September 28, 2009
  2. ^ Drew Harwell, "Gainesville 'rebels' try to take over roller derby", Independent Florida Alligator, February 25, 2008
  3. ^ Robert Hilson, "Gainesville Roller Rebels end season on a high note", Gainesville Sun, November 29, 2009
  4. ^ "13 Women's Roller Derby Leagues Join WFTDA Apprentice Program", WFTDA, January 31, 2012
  5. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 14 New Members", December 3, 2012
  6. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA, March 15, 2013
  7. ^ Lex Talionis, "WFTDA Release Rankings; Gotham Shock #1", Derby News Network, March 15, 2013