Roller Derby bout to benefit local firefighters


    By Mara Koch
    Special to The SUN

    Rollergirls in Pagosa (RIP) skates against South Side Derby Dames (SSDD) from Lakewood, Colo., in the final home bout of the 2013 roller derby season.

    The home bout takes place Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Pagosa Springs High School gymnasium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the action begins at 7.

    All proceeds from this bout will be donated to Pagosa Fire Protection District.

    With nearly three years of year-round training under their belts, members of Rollergirls in Pagosa — Pagosa Springs’s very own women’s flat-track roller derby league — have repeatedly bested comparable local competition. However, the upcoming bout should prove to be exciting, as RIP lost to a seasoned SSDD by 28 points during an August 2012 bout in RIP’s debut season.

    With local skater Whiplash fresh off of her training and tryouts for Team USA, RIP is ready for the challenge.

    “Although I didn’t make the Team USA cut, I learned so much and have really increased my skills as a skater. Of course, I bring all of that experience back to my home team,” said Whiplash.

    Local philanthropy and giving back to the community is part of RIP’s mission statement as a nonprofit. The team has created a fun firefighter theme for the event, which is a fund-raiser for local fire protection.

    According to RIP team captain Stashe, “Teams Hot Wheelz (RIP) and Code Blue (SSDD) will go head-to-head in a fully-heated bout, and everyone can feel good because one hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit firefighters in the Pagosa Fire Protection District. Let’s get fired up!”

    Fans can purchase tickets for the upcoming bout online at, as well as from local businesses. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Roller derby is a family-friendly sport, and children under 12 years of age get in free. On The Rocks will host an after-party immediately following the event.

    The roller derby bout season ends with RIP traveling to Boulder, Colo., to take on Boulder County Bombers on Saturday, Oct. 5.