International Roller Derby competition coming to the Northwest | Sports brief

Aug 04, 2017

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association announced this week that one of its five International roller derby tournaments will be held in the ShoWare Center in Kent.

The local WFTDA-affiliated league, the Rat City Rollergirls, will host one of three 2017 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs from Sept. 1-3. The league was selected to host through a competitive bid process.

The International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships tournament series, in its 12th year, brings skaters from WFTDA member leagues for game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide.

“We are excited to be hosting the International WFTDA Playoffs,” Kelsey Groenke (aka Renegade Ruthie), Vice Chair of the Rat City Rollergirls, said. “Founded in 2004, Rat City was the first roller derby league established in the Pacific Northwest and a founding member of the WFTDA. Seattle is a hotbed for roller derby with several leagues and recreational clubs in the surrounding area, and we are thrilled to be able to host and showcase so much world-class derby to the community.”

Rat City skater Tia Barraza added, "I am so excited to watch the best of the best battle it out on the flat track. Teams from all over the US, Canada, and Argentina will be here competing for a spot at Champs, and I can't wait to watch and learn and make some great memories with friends from around the world this Labor Day weekend.”

Twelve of the top Division 1 WFTDA teams will compete in Seattle Sept. 1-3 for a chance to advance to the 2017 International WFTDA Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The other Division 1 Playoffs will be held throughout September in Malmö, Sweden and Dallas, Texas.

See wftda.com/tournaments for more information. All tournaments will also be covered live by the WFTDA’s online broadcast channel: WFTDA.tv.

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