Tug o’ War this Sunday with the Mayor!

Last week, we got an email from our friend Mayor MayNot — you may know him better as Mayor Lee Leffingwell — about the Aqua Olympics being held this Sunday at Fiesta Gardens. He’d been asked to captain the Tug o’ War team for South Austin against Councillor Mike Martinez’s North Austin squad, and he wanted us to join him to show the northside what’s what. Of course we accepted! What better way to celebrate the awesome bouts on Saturday than by pulling a bunch of burly firefighters — we hear that’s how Councillor Martinez opted to stack his team — into the lake?

Come on down to check out the entertainment and get all the details in our press release below. And don’t forget — we are still selling tickets for Saturday’s games if you want to see us kick butt on the flat track before we kick butt on the tug o’ war field!


Contact: Christina Pocaressi / “Voodoo Doll” — media@texasrollergirls.org

The Texas Rollergirls will be joining Mayor Lee Leffingwell to represent South Austin
in the Fun Fun Fun Fest Aqua Olympics Tug O’ War on Sunday, August 19.

Fresh from their playoff games this Saturday, August 18, the Texas Rollergirls will be participating in the Tug O’ War at the Fun Fun Fun Fest Aqua Olympics at Fiesta Gardens on Sunday, August 19. The Rollergirls will be joining Team South Austin at the request of team captain, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who was granted the honorary derby name ‘Mayor Maynot’ by the Texas Rollergirls in 2010.

Skaters from all four home teams — the Hell Marys, the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, the Hotrod Honeys and the Hustlers — as well as the all-star Texecutioners will be in attendance. Players will also be joined by supporters and fans, as we attempt to give the representatives from North Austin a dunking.

‘The Rollergirls and I fear nobody and look forward to winning this tug-o-war contest by dragging Team Martinez into the drink,’ said Mayor MayNot. ‘South Austin will rise again.’

‘We have heard rumors that Team North Austin has been stacked with firefighters,’ said Christina ‘Voodoo Doll’ Pocaressi, a skater for the Hotrod Honeys and one of the Texas Rollergirls’ 2012 poster girls. ‘We’re sure they’re burning to win, but we’re equally confident that we can extinguish that fire. Above all, we’re looking forward to doing our part in helping to keep Austin weird — and South Austin feared!’

The Texas Rollergirls are revered around the world as the godmothers of the modern flat track roller derby movement and offer a fantastic evening of family-friendly, but edgy, sports entertainment. Formed in 2003 as the only sports league of its kind, Texas Rollergirls started today’s flat track derby movement. There are now more than 600 Flat Track Derby leagues worldwide, with more forming every week. In its current incarnation, Roller Derby is an athletic competition complete with well-defined rules, divisions, tournaments, and a governing body: the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).



“Voodoo Doll” — media@texasrollergirls.org

Hi-res photos available on request.


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