And man are they looking good! Check out the official announcement here at the www.rollerderbyworldcup.com.
Returning as co-Tournament Head Refs for the second time are Eric Rawk and Reverend Riot, who will be coordinating and overseeing the whopping 46 skating officials from around the world who selected to staff 6 full crews. Also confirmed is Fred Wheely of the Paris Rollergirls as Tournament Head NSO. He will be managing 61 Non-Skating Officials chosen for the 3-day tournament.
On a personal note, I just wanted to extend a HUGE congratulations to two friends and Saskatchewan derby peers, Cody “Kurz So Good” Kurz and Juston “J$” Sowa, on being chosen for this exciting event. Both are outstanding officials, passionate contributors to their provincial/national derby communities and just all around great guys!
Kurz So Good has been a rising leader, teacher and trailblazer in the Saskatchewan and greater Canadian derby community since joining the sport as a skating official just two years ago. You may recall that earlier this year he was voted in a President of Board of Directors for the newly formed Saskatchewan Roller Derby Alliance and he was also chosen by visitors to this blog as Sask Referee of the Year in Derby Frontier’s 2013 Best of Sask Roller Derby polls. Cody has an impressive officiating resume having served on crews for Quad City Chaos 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, the 2012 Primer Torneo Roller Derby Colombiain Bogota, Columbia, the 2012 RDAC Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta, Quad City Chaos 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Flat Track Fever 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, the 2013 Central Division Tournament in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, The Big O 2013 in Eugene, Oregon, and just last month he served as an Outside Pack Referee and Jammer Referee at the 2014 Men’s World Cup of Roller Derby in Birmingham, England. In the months ahead he will serve as a Crew Head Referee for Flat Track Fever 2014 in Calgary, Alberta this upcoming May and I recently stepped down from and passed on my duties as Tournament Head Referee to him for a 6-team competition in Whitewood, Saskatchewan this June, which he is going to absolutely rock!
J$, one of the first skating officials I ever met when I joined the sport back in November of 2011, has always been a source of inspiration to me. Always willing to lend a hand where it is needed, J$ has officiated for over 100 bouts, scrimmages and tournaments across Western Canada and has also worked hard to bring roller derby to small rural communities, such as with helping organize the annual First Snow, Last Chance invitational in Springside, Saskatchewan. In recent months he was nominated as Sask Referee of the Year and Most Supportive to the Provincial Derby Community in Derby Frontier’s 2013 Best of Sask polls. He was also recently elected as Event Planning Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roller Derby Alliance. His extensive officiating experience includes serving as a referee for the 2012 RDAC Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta, the 2013 Central Division Tournament in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and both Flat Track Fever 2012 and Flat Track Fever 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.
So, thank you both for all the great memories, for your hard work and commitment to the sport, for all that you’ve taught me and congratulations on being selected for this incredible opportunity. You will both be tremendous ambassadors for Canadian officials and the sport in general!
Reflecting on how far we’ve all come since 2012…