Greensboro Roller Derby to host WFTDA International Playoffs in Winston-Salem
Greensboro Roller Derby will host Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA) International Playoffs despite concerns over LGBTQIA+ discrimination in the state of North Carolina
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Greensboro Roller Derby will host the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA) International Playoffs at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and Annex from Sept. 6-8. Competing in an S-Curve bracket for three spots in the International WFTDA Championships in Montréal, Canada in November are teams from France, England, Finland, Germany, and Argentina, as well as teams from California, Texas, Illinois, and Georgia.
● Texas Rollergirls (Austin, TX) Seed #1
● Angel City Derby (Los Angeles, CA) Seed #2
● Rainy City Roller Derby (Birmingham, GB) Seed #3
● 2×4 Roller Derby (Buenos Aires, AM) Seed #4
● Santa Cruz Derby Girls (Santa Cruz, CA) Seed #5
● Helsinki Roller Derby (Helsinki, FI) Seed #6
|● Windy City Rollers (Chicago, IL) Seed #7
● Bay Area Derby (San Francisco, CA) Seed #8
● Atlanta Roller Derby (Atlanta, GA) Seed #9
● Bear City Roller Derby (Berlin, DE) Seed #10
● Lomme Roller Girls (Lomme, FR) Seed #11
● Paris Rollergirls (Paris, FR) Seed #12
The WFTDA and its members expressed concern about hosting an event in the state of North Carolina due to the 2016 controversial House Bill 2 and its replacement. This “bathroom bill” actively discriminates against members of the transgender community and preempts any local non-discrimination ordinances. It is the WFTDA’s intention that our commitment to this community is reflected by our participation in this state, and it is our intent that it opens barriers for those still penalized in the LGBTQIA+ community in North Carolina.
The WFTDA is committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices in relation to all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants and aims to ensure that all skaters, volunteers, and employees’ rights are respected and protected. The WFTDA is committed to doing everything it can to ensure safety at the venues, hotels, and meeting/ gathering locations they choose for business and events. The Visit Winston-Salem board and the Sports Diversity Leadership Council are working proactively to ensure that athletes, fans, volunteers and other visitors feel welcomed and safe. In addition, the WFTDA is working with Greensboro Roller Derby and its selected venues to ensure that there are protocols in place for any unexpected disruptions during the Playoffs. For more information about safety and inclusion at WFTDA events, please visit the WFTDA website.
Now in its 14th year, The International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships tournament series brings together the most talented, highly-trained skaters from WFTDA-member leagues for gameplay that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching on WFTDA.tv, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year. Tickets to this event are on sale now, including a $15 evening ticket for each day, at WFTDA.com/Tickets
For more information about the tournament, please visit the WFTDA website.
To apply for press credentials for the tournament, please visit the WFTDA media center.
About the WFTDA
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is the international governing body of flat-track roller derby representing more than 460 member leagues on six continents. The mission of the WFTDA is to govern and promote the sport of flat-track roller derby and revolutionize the role of women in sports through the collective voice of its member leagues around the world. The WFTDA sets the international standards for rankings, rules, and competition each year and provides guidance and resources to the sport of flat track derby.
About Greensboro Roller Derby
Greensboro Roller Derby (GSORD) was founded on Feb. 3, 2010. From the ground up, a group of strong-willed, dedicated women turned what was once a dream for a few, into a reality for many.
Greensboro Roller Derby has one interleague “All-Star” team: the Gate City All-Stars, one interleague “B” team: Greensboro Counterstrike, and three intraleague teams: the Battleground Betties, the Elm Street Nightmares, and the Mad Dollies. The All-Star team plays other WFTDA teams from around the world throughout the season. The intraleague teams play against each other throughout the season, culminating in a Home Team Championship bout. Greensboro Roller Derby is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. GSORD donate a portion of the proceeds from each of their events to a local charity. The current beneficiary for GSORD this half of the season is the Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center. GSORD could not do this without the support of their fans, as well as many local artists and business owners.