Roller derby boot camp, benefit is May 4

Apr 30, 2014

The Balsam Area Derby Association is teaming up with Columbia Quad Squad from Columbia, South Carolina, to present a Roller Derby Boot Camp and Scrimmage Sunday, May 4, at Smoky Mountain Sk8way, located at 19025 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, Waynesville. Columbia Quad Squad (CQS) is ranked 45th in the world by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

"We're all very excited to show our family and friends how hard we've been working,” said Shelly Gregg, a skater with Balsam Area Derby Association.  "The bootcamp is going to give us a lot of skills we need but the scrimmages are finally an opportunity to introduce roller derby to Waynesville. We hope everyone will come out and support us."

Skaters from all over Western North Carolina and teams in South Carolina and Georgia will learn speed, agility and footwork drills from the internationally ranked CQS. After the bootcamp, participating skaters will be broken up into teams for two scrimmages.

The event will offer a chance for Haywood County to see roller derby in action with two scrimmages that are open to the public. The scrimmages will offer an opportunity to showcase women's roller derby as well as a coed roller derby. There will also be merchandise and recruitment information available at the event.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to The Open Door in Frog Level. Balsam Area strives to give back to the community not only through recreation and camaraderie but also by charitable giving.

The scrimmages will begin at 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Seating is limited, so it is recommended that fans bring a chair. For more information, call 246-9124.