Yukon Roller Girls

The Yukon Roller Girls are an all-inclusive, democratic, non-profit society committed to fostering recreation and competition through the sport of roller derby, run by the skaters for the skaters.

My Fresh Meat Trial

It’s been 20 years since I put on a pair of skates, so as I arrived at Elijah Smith Elementary School I was a little bit timid about trying roller derby for the first time. Having only seen one game back in Australia, and the movie Whip It, I began to wonder if this was …

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Yukon Women Who Rock and Roll

The Yukon is home to many hidden gems. If you know where to look you can usually find what you are looking for. That includes a high-paced women’s contact sport on wheels: women’s roller derby. Whitehorse is home to the rowdy Yukon Roller Girls. The uninitiated may think roller derby is just a light hearted …

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Talent and Passion

The Yukon is blessed with a huge number of talented and passionate women. It would take much more space than I have here to pay tribute to even just a handful of these inspiring ladies but I’m going to give it a shot. I’ve had to narrow the list down to five who have inspired …

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Yukon Roller Girls: Rolling into an Adrenaline Rush

Roller derby is a fast-paced contact sport, mostly for women, where players are known by cheeky monikers such as “Ruff Tuff Creampuff,” and “Fonda Spanks.” Fishnet stockings are welcome, punk-y fashions are appreciated, and mouth guards are required. Featured in movies such as Drew Barrymore’s Whip It (2009), roller derby requires a high level of …

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Derby Girls on a Roll

It’s a lot of work being a Yukon Roller Girl. There are two practices a week that keep you on your skates for a few hours at a time. There are boot camps to organize and attend, funds to raise through skate-a-thons, bar nights and community sponsors. There are volunteers to wrangle and recruit, bouts …

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Halloween Happenings Round-up

Halloween Spooktacular-Saturday, Oct. 27 Location: The Legion Hall, 503 Steele Street Time: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets: $20, available both in advance and at the door The Halloween Spooktacular will be a dance and costume party for ages 19 and up, with a DJ spinning a mix of top 40 and Halloween specials, a full bar, …

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