By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – The wheels were spinning and the good times were rolling at the 2014 Valentine's Roller Disco, hosted by the Seaway Roller Derby Girls League.
© Adam Brazeau
Pictured are Power Dame Angele 'Reckless' Kisnics, Ashley Billings, Lucy Gray, and Jessica McNalty at the 2014 Valentine's Roller Disco at Agora Catholic Centre (Nativity Lanes).
Over 175 people caught disco fever in support of the league’s premiere team, the Cornwall Power Dames, on Saturday night.
The event is a key fundraiser for the independent sports movement, easing the financial stress of uniform, venue, and transportation costs.
For many, especially the Montpetits, the annual roller disco is a real blast from the past, a time capsule of their glory days in the ‘80s when Disco Wheels was Cornwall’s hotspot.
“We’ve been at every one of their events,” said Norma Montpetit.
Her husband, Arthur, admired the league for its perseverance and creating a sports club that puts focus on women athletes.
“They’re an awesome team. It’s a great night out,” said Arthur.
Casie ‘Ruth-Lez Barbie’ Bergeron, 18, became a Power Dame in September 2013. After her first practice, the adrenaline rush of lacing up and the competitive edge of the game had her hooked.
“I fell in love with roller derby immediately,” said Bergeron, the league’s youngest player.
She considers the sport an empowering experience and the Power Dames a family, dismissing any claims that roller derby is violent.
Amy ‘Celtica Whips’ McCormick-Brown, captain of the Power Dames, thanked the team's fans and sponsors for their continued support, and Scotiabank for matching ticket sales.
The third annual Valentine's Roller Disco raised $1823.25.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SeawayRollerDerbyGirlsLeague.