The list of nominees for the Saskatchewan Roller Derby
Association’s Alliance’s board has been released and man oh man are the candidates incredible! For your consideration are:
- Cody Kurz – Kurz So Good (Saskatoon Roller Derby League)
- Dean Toles – Vic Vega (SW Sask Roller Derby Association)
- Kevin Dennison – Kevlar (Unaffiliated)
- Anastassia – Commie (Pile O’ Bones Derby Club)
- Susanne Babcock – Prone T’ Violence (Saskatoon Junior Roller Derby League)
- Michael Squire (Pile O’ Bones Derby Club)
- Ronald Gall – Coach Rotten (Lil Chicago Roller Derby)
- Sandy Braun-Elsaesser – Vexatious Valyrie (Prince Albert Roller Derby)
- Juston Sowa – J$ (Independent)
All candidates have now been called upon to post information about themselves in the Derby is alive in Saskatchewan Facebook group to help people decide how they want to vote. It is an open group already touting 336 members so if you would like to learn more about each nominee please do not hesitate to request to join! Voting will begin via survey at 12:00am on Monday, December 30th. A detailed description of the positions can be found in the SRDA Nominations Deadline write up I posted just under a week ago.
As you have probably noticed, I have put my name in for Presidency of the SRDA. If you would like to read about why I feel the SRDA is important and what I believe the organization is capable of accomplishing for the greater derby community of Saskatchewan please read my Smells Like Sask Spirit article. For an in depth piece on how roller derby has personally enhanced my life please read Let’s Have That Hard Conversation (which I guess doubles as my “coming out”).
I joined this sport in November of 2011 while I was working as a freelance writer for the Moose Jaw Value Express. I was sent out to cover a series of fresh meat intake nights by the Lil Chicago Roller Derby league (LCRD) and was talked into strapping on some skates to give it a try. I fell in love with it all right then and I’ve been passionately involved with the sport across the province ever since. To date I have skate officiated 79 bouts at events all over Western Canada including major tournaments such as the 2012 RDAC Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta (March 15 – 17 of this year) and Flat Track Fever 2013 in Calgary, Alberta (April 12 – 13).
Earlier this year I was bought on as co-coach of the LCRD for their 2013 season and helped them achieve a very successful year alongside Ron “Coach Rotten” Gall, which included a fourth place finish at the Bruise-ual Suspects Central Division Tournament in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this past August 10 and 11. Though I have decided not to return as a coach in 2014 I learned a great deal and will continue teaching as much as I can through boot camps, clinics and rules/information sessions.
I have now been writing professionally for 3 years. For the past 2 years I have written extensively about roller derby on both Derby Frontier and in provincial papers. I’ve had over 150 articles printed around the province through publications such as the Moose Jaw Value Express and Minor Hockey News. My current focus in regards to the sport includes continuing to promote derby across Western and Northern Canada through my writing, seeking even more writing opportunities with derby magazines such as fiveonfive, to persist in growing and improving Derby Frontier as a strong resource for the community and ensuring I perform my duties as Tournament Head Referee to the absolute best of my ability at the Whitewood Tournament this upcoming June 7 and 8.
So, that’s me in a nutshell! Check back to Derby is alive in Saskatchewan for posts from the other candidates, read up as much as you can on the SRDA and please do not hesitate to ask as many questions as you want! Make the most informed decision you can once voting begins and above all else: VOTE!!! Be an active part in our sport’s future in this province!
If you have any questions about the nominations and voting process, please contact Susanne “Prone T’ Violence” Babcock via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Holidays, One and All!