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Greater Toronto Area Rollergirls

GTA Rollergirls
League logo
Metro area Toronto, ON
Country Canada
Founded 2007
Teams G-sTARs (A team)
Derby Debutantes (Home team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Ted Reeve Arena
Affiliations WFTDA
Website .com.gtarollergirlswww

The Greater Toronto Area Rollergirls, usually known as the GTA Rollergirls (GTAR), is a roller derby league based in Toronto, Ontario. Founded in 2007, the league consists of two teams, which compete against teams from other leagues.

The league was founded in early 2007 by Cynthia Brooks, known as "Splat Benatar". It claims to have been the first not-for-profit roller derby league in Toronto, Ontario.[1] In 2009, its skaters included a nanny, an insurance broker and an actress.[2]

By 2011, GTAR was one of three roller derby leagues in Toronto.[3] In July, it was accepted as an apprentice member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[4]

Several skaters from GTAR were involved in the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup, which was held in Toronto. Canadian Psycho was selected to skate for All-Ireland Roller Derby and Sloppy Boggins was chosen as assistant coach for Team Sweden, while Lee Way Wreck'em was an alternate for Team Canada.[5]

On December 23, 2013, GTAR was made a full WFTDA member league.[6]

References

  1. ^ "About GTAR", GTA Rollergirls
  2. ^ Thane Burnett, "Today's roller girls are hell on wheels", Toronto Sun, 24 February 2009
  3. ^ Sarah Frank, "Skaters roll in to Humphrey for a derby", Metroland Media Group, 30 June 2011
  4. ^ "WFTDA Adds Crop of 15 Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA, 13 July 2011
  5. ^ eSkimo Jo, "Are all great Molly fans Wrench Heads and Photographers?", GTA Rollergirls, 20 November 2011
  6. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 22 New Full Member Leagues", WFTDA, 23 December 2013
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