Every three years, the roller derby community comes together and hosts the most magical event – the Roller Derby World Cup. The Roller Derby World Cup is roller derby’s greatest showdown of athleticism, comradery, and diversity. This year, 38 national teams will compete for the title of Roller Derby World Champions. These teams include countries such as Korea, Finland, Iran, and Argentina, just to name a few, with representation from six continents.
The Texas Rollergirls are extremely fortunate to have nine skaters representing six teams at this year’s competition.
For Team ZA from South Africa, TXRG has two skaters representing — Booty Queen from the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers and DeBella DeBall from the Texecutioners. Booty Queen skated for Team ZA in the 2014 World Cup, while DeBella DeBall will be making her South African team coaching debut.
Me Shove You Long Time from the Hustlers and the Firing Squad will be skating with Team Philippines. An exciting year for Team Philippines, as this is the team’s first appearance at the Cup.
Another first-time World Cup team is Costa Rica. Jammit Janet, lovable skater from the Hustlers and Firing Squad, will be skating with Costa Rica.
Long-time TXRG skater and announcer Muffin Tumble will be pulling double duty, both skating with Team Korea and working as an announcer for the tournament. Team Korea is another exciting first-time World Cup team this year.
Peacewar, Hell Mary and Texecutioner, will be making her Team Mexico debut this year. However, this is not Mexico’s first go-around; they made their World Cup entrance in the 2014 competition.
Skating for the third consecutive year, in every World Cup so far, is the reigning world champions — Team USA. Aja Gair, Jackie Daniels, and Smarty Pants from the Texecutioners will all be representing the United States this year at the Cup. While Aja will be making her Team USA and World Cup debut, Jackie Daniels skated in 2014, and Smarty Pants is a seasoned USA veteran, skating all three World Cup competitions.
This year’s tournament will be held on February 1 – 4 and hosted by the Rainy City Rollergirls in Manchester, UK. The games will be streamed live here, so be sure to catch the Texas Rollergirls as they fight for world domination.