Derby Dolls rekindling magic in Kamloops

Dwindling numbers after a couple of down seasons have kept the Tournament City Derby Dolls (TCDD) quieter than usual of late, but they plan to make some noise this summer.

Two events in July have the roller-derby club's media co-ordinator Tracie (Smash) Gordon jazzed about the future.

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"This year has been about regrouping because we've lost a lot of players, but we've built up our numbers again," Gordon said. "It's such a different sport. It just takes time."

The Dolls will host a co-ed doubleheader at Sandman Centre on July 15, with a juniors bout at 5:30 p.m. and the adults set to clash at 7:30 p.m., when the TCDD Wreckers lock horns with Rated PG of Prince George.

Athletes from Kamloops, the Nanaimo Candy Crushers, Vancouver Juniors and Prince George will take to the floor in the junior bout, the first of its kind in the Tournament Capital.

The event, dubbed the Enter Sandman Slam, will feature mostly women, but males will be in action in both the junior and adult tilts.

"There's a few of them," Gordon said. "It's slowly starting. We have two men that play and one junior boy, Max, and he's probably the best on the team. He's amazing."

Tickets are $10. Email Lia at or call her at 250-256-1925 for more information.

The Dolls are hosting a fundraising event -- Out of the Ashes: A Lion's Heart -- in memory of former club member Juli Lion at Westsyde Centennial Park on July 22.

"Unfortunately, she lost her battle with addictions in September at just 19 years old," reads a post on the Dolls' Facebook page.

"This left a hole in the hearts of our league and community." The family-friendly event, which gets underway at 3 p.m., will include a derby scrimmage, along with fun and games for children.

Entry is by donation and all proceeds will go toward the Phoenix Centre Out of the Ashes bursary.

© Kamloops This Week


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