News in Brief – May 16, 2014 – Movers, Shakers and Derby Track Makers


Tournament announcements, employment appointments and a purpose-built, permanent roller derby space. It’s all happening in the world of flat track derby this week – let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Modern Roller Derby’s First Purpose-Built Venue

Buffalo, NY’s Queen City Roller Girls are moving to a purpose-built, permanent derby track at the new Buffalo RiverWorks Event Center. Buffalo Riverworks – an overhauled grain mill – will serve as a multi-purpose recreational and events center that will host concerts, trade shows, theatrical productions and sports, including derby. The new derby space promises to have great seating options that give audiences an excellent view of the game, and with an on-site brewery, you know the fans will be flocking to this place to support, cheer and enjoy a couple of beers doing it.

Applications Open for 2015 WFTDA Tournament Hosts

WFTDA is seeking venues and organizations to host the 2015 WFTDA Playoffs and Championships. There are currently seven opportunities across two divisions to host WFTDA Tournaments. Venues need to accommodate between 1500 and 5000 spectators (depending on the event) and should ideally have a competition track, warm-up track, stadium seating, changing rooms and space for a vendor village. While non-WFTDA leagues are encouraged to put in a bid, support from a local WFTDA league is key in any application. Interested parties should submit their application before the July 1 deadline. For more information, email

Two New Staff at WFTDA

Erica “Double H” Vanstone has been selected as the Director of Broadcast Operations for the WFTDA. Erica will be in charge of growing the service and improving the production standards of the broadcast. Fans will know Erica from her previous role as volunteer Head of Broadcast Operations with the WFTDA; Double H has been part of the WFTDA broadcasting team since 2010.

Jenna “Mia Culprit” Cloughley has been hired as the Marketing and Communications Manager for the WFTDA. Jenna is the first WFTDA employee dedicated to marketing, and the first WFTDA employee based outside of the United States.

Save the Date – Beach Brawl 2015

The dust hasn’t even settled on Beach Brawl 2014, but the Gold Coast Derby Grrls are already planning 2015′s event, which will be held on the weekend of June 12-14, 2015. The event will be expanding to include three tracks – one for MRDA sanctioned bouts. The format will be much the same as this year – 24 domestic and international WFTDA leagues will be accepted with an application that will be posted late June/July, 2014. The event is set to have 36 WFTDA sanctioned bouts and now, up to 18 MRDA sanctioned bouts. All divisions and levels are welcome to apply and will be appropriately matched up against other applicants. For more information, email

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