And then there were seven! We’re proud to announce that Angie Reid, aka Easy Break Oven, will be contributing to Derby Frontier once again for Trans* Awareness in Sports Week. For last year’s inaugural event she contributed two outstanding articles entitled “Getting There is Half the Bout”, which was all about how current policies regarding identity documents and travel in North America present an additional challenge for trans* athletes looking to compete, and “Enforcing the Gender Binary”, which discussed endocrine systems/HRT and some of the really weird ways that’s been enforced in sports.
Easy Break Oven is a jammer for the Calgary Roller Derby Association (CRDA) All-Star team and co-captain of Team Alberta. Having loved rollerblading during college, and developed her skills dodging cars and skittering over sketchy sidewalks, roller derby was a perfect fit.
She’s been skating derby since 2011, beginning with Edmonton’s Oil City Derby Girls, before transferring to CRDA in 2014, and has been working to expand her coaching skills as a regular guest coach with the Rocky View Junior Roller Derby Association. Easy is eager to be a part of CRDA’s 2015 season and their drive to make Division 1 playoffs, after their debut year saw a staggering jump to #56 in the WFTDA official rankings. With a perfect 8-0 record at the Wild West Showdown, Maple Stir-up, and their home games, CRDA’s All-Stars are getting noticed. Team Alberta also went undefeated with a 6-0 record at the Toban Tussle and Hicktown Throwdown, besting opponents such as Team Manitoba, Team Ontario, and the Thompson-Okanagan All-Star Team (aka TOAST, a B.C.-based superteam). CRDA’s first WFTDA action this year will be in March at How the West Was Won in Arizona, followed by a packed schedule with a major event every month thereafter.
Easy is also working at spearheading the first trans vs. cis bout, “Girls like us vs. Cisters of Mercy” at this year’s upcoming Rollercon. She likes to keep busy off-skates as well, having done a variety of talks on trans issues at local community colleges, and has an upcoming workshop, in partnership with Edmonton’s Traveling Tickle Trunk, on trans sexualities from a pro-pleasure feminist perspective. By day, Easy is an electronic technologist for a major oilfiled services company, which helps keep her geeky side occupied, and her gas tank full!
*Feature image courtesy of Sean Murphy.