Team Canada to Manchester for 2018 Roller Derby World Cup

by Chef de Mission on January 25, 2018

Version française : L’équipe Canadienne de Roller Derby à Manchester pour la coupe du Monde 2018


Graphic by Alicia Biggley Graphic by Alicia Biggley

25 January 2018

Team Canada Women’s Roller Derby to Manchester for 2018 Roller Derby World Cup

Team Canada Women’s Roller Derby is en route to Manchester for the third edition of the Roller Derby World Cup, flat-track roller derby’s premier competition between nations. Hosted by Rainy City Roller Derby at EventCity in Trafford, Greater Manchester, from 1 to 4 February 2018, the tournament will include 38 teams from 37 countries, plus a team of athletes representing Indigenous nations across the globe.

Team Canada tournament roster

Team Canada’s 20-person tournament roster is drawn from the national team of 26 athletes who, along with five development athletes, have been training as a team monthly since late 2016.

The tournament roster is:

  • Azure Benesh (aka Maiden Sane) #88— Terminal City Rollergirls, Vancouver, BC
  • Alicia Biggley #1017 — Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Lorianne Dicaire (aka Mange moi el Cul) #9999 — Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Sara Ekholm #604 — Helskinki Roller Derby, Helsinki, Finland
  • Alexandra Evans #131— Terminal City Rollergirls, Vancouver, BC
  • Bethany Fisher (aka Boxcar) #210 — Toronto Roller Derby, Toronto, ON
  • Yuna Guivarc’h (aka Falcon Punch) #66 — Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Erin Hudson (aka Crazy Squirrel) #231— Queen City Roller Girls, Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Allison Hughes #658— Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Renée Labrosse #19 — Co-captain — Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Marilyne Lamontagne #95 — Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Abby Lever #183 — Calgary Roller Derby Association, Calgary, AB
  • Claudia Maréchal #123— Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Midori Ohtake #303 — Co-captain — Queen City Roller Girls, Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Brittany Palmer #16 — Terminal City Rollergirls, Vancouver, BC
  • Paige Parsons (aka Shania Pain) #24 — E-Ville Roller Derby, Edmonton, AB
  • Melissa Perreault (aka Mel-e Juana) #420 — Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Sophie Royer (aka Al K. Traz) #13 — Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, QC
  • Taran Spies (aka Razor) #1349 — Calgary Roller Derby Association, Calgary, AB
  • Kassandra Sundt (aka Maya Mangleyou) #1111 — Boston Roller Derby, Boston, MA, USA

Tournament structure

The Roller Derby World Cup includes nations with vastly different international experience and development programs. According to Roller Derby World Cup organizers, “With 38 teams attending the 2018 RDWC, traditional group selection structures simply don’t scale for a 4 day event, on 4 tracks, whilst single elimination tournaments would be extremely unfair to the teams eliminated in the first round. As a result, RDWC 2018 will be played as a three phase event.” The first day of competition, Phase 1, will feature non-standard 30-minute games, to be fed into a ranking algorithm to set matchups for Phase 2 on Days 2 and 3, producing a Top 16 ranking for the final phase. The final Phase will be a Top-8 tournament producing a ranked 1-8 places, and consolation ranking games for the remaining Top 16 teams.

Team Canada preparations

Canada enters the tournament having placed fourth at the 2014 World Cup in Dallas and second in 2011 in Toronto. The current roster has played a number of friendlies against leagues in North America, and placed second in the international invitational “Northern HemisFear” tournament in Nottingham in August 2017.

Head Coach Jessica Paternostro has emphasized team cohesion in her vision for the Canada’s performance. Preparing for the team’s final training camp in Montreal in mid-January, she said, “Team Canada has been practicing for over a year. With every practice and scrimmage opportunity, the team developed into a strong unit that continues to strive for their best. We have one more practice before heading to Manchester. Our goal is to fine tune our strategies and to connect as a team in a less demanding environment prior to landing in England. We are ready.”

About Canada Roller Derby and Team Canada

Canada Roller Derby is a non-profit organization founded in 2017, whose mission is to manage Canada’s national roller derby team(s) and to develop the sport across Canada.

As it stands, Team Canada athletes and the current World Cup mission are self-funded. A fundraiser to offset travel costs is online at the non-profit fundraising portal Generosity, until 30 January:–2/x/17095261.


Facebook:   TeamCanadaRollerDerby
Twitter:  @TeamCanadaRD
Instagram:  @teamcanadarollerderby


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mario Carlucci January 31, 2018 at 5:28 pm

Hey there,
I’m a journalist with CBC Ottawa… We’re really hoping to reach Renée Labrosse for a radio and online interview ahead of (or during) the Roller Derby World Cup. Can someone help me reach here please?

Many thanks,
Mario Carlucci


Germaine Koh January 31, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Hi Mario, I’ve got your email registered with your comment and will pass it on to Labrosse to contact you ASAP.


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