New Winston-Salem mural celebrates roller derby
Greensboro Roller Derby invites the Playoff attendees to be apart of it
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Greensboro Roller Derby (GSORD) will host the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA) International Playoffs at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and Annex from Sept. 6-8. To celebrate and commemorate this exciting event, the league is also installing and painting a mural at the Winston-Salem Skatepark, which is located just outside the Annex.
“The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds is proud to have Greensboro Roller Derby’s mural at the Fairgrounds,” said D.J. Hargrave, the Event & Branding Manager for the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. “Our city embraces art and the significance it has on people’s lives. Not only is the mural eye-catching and well-designed, but it also spreads a message of positivity for those that come in contact with it.”
The mural is designed around the theme of “Roller Derby Can Change The World.” The mural will celebrate those who make the sport happen, including skaters, non-skating officials, referees, volunteers, and fans.
“We are so excited to be able to bring such high-level roller derby to the Triad,” said PR/Marketing Co-Director Reneé Russell (aka Nay Slayer). “We were brainstorming ways to leave our roller derby mark on Winston-Salem, and the idea of the mural was born! The WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) and the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds were both in love with the idea as well, and have been so supportive with the entire project.”
“The first thing that needs to happen in order for roller derby to change the world is for the folks in the Triad community to support their local roller derby league,” said PR/Marketing Co-Director Katie Murawski (aka the Grimberlyn Reaper). “GSORD is here, and we have been here for almost 10 years now. The mural is perfectly fitting for the City of Arts and Innovation, and we want it to act as a beacon for aspiring all women and gender non-conforming athletes.”
One of the more unique aspects of the mural is that both participants and attendees of the Playoffs are invited to contribute to the mural and leave their mark to spread the “derby love.”
“We wanted to make it truly a part of the community and really highlight the idea of inclusion, which is so important to Greensboro Roller Derby as a community by bringing everyone together to create something special in Winston-Salem by people all around the area and even the world,” Nay Slayer explained.
Sixteen games will be held over the course of three days, and the first, second, and third place winners will advance to the Championship tournament to be held in Montreal, Canada, in November. Competing for those coveted three spots in the Championships are international teams from France, England, Finland, Germany, and Argentina; as well as, National teams from California, Texas, Illinois, and Georgia.
“The WFTDA is looking forward to our 2019 International Playoffs in Winston-Salem,” said the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Executive Director, Erica Vanstone. “As the governing body for an inclusive sport, the WFTDA supports the efforts of state and local agencies such as Equality NC, who aided Gov. Cooper’s actions to eradicate discriminatory practices like conversion therapy in North Carolina. It’s not just important for us to host inclusive events; the WFTDA is also committed to supporting safer, more inclusive communities. This mural we are leaving behind is an important symbol of this and will be created by members of our community joining us at this event. We proudly stand alongside Greensboro Roller Derby and others fighting for the rights of marginalized groups in North Carolina.”
“GSORD invites the Winston-Salem community to come experience some of the world’s best roller derby skaters at the Playoffs, not only to see how roller derby can change the world but participate in that change,” Nay Slayer said. “Drop by the Skatepark any day during the Playoffs and leave your name, a message of your love of derby, a little doodle, or just a handprint or heart. No matter your level of artistic abilities there’s a space just for you on the mural, and Greensboro Roller Derby wants you to leave your mark! Roller derby WILL change the world, and you can help be a part of that change.”
Tickets are on sale now at wftda.com/winston-salem. Prices for each day are $25, and the three-day passes are $65. Persons age 11-64 are general admission, and ages 10 and under are free but must have a ticket assigned to them for capacity reasons. Pick up the child’s ticket at the box office upon initial entry. Student and Senior discounts are available at the door only with valid ID. Buy online bonus: Get your tickets online before Thursday, Sept. 5, 11:59 p.m. EST. After this date, all general admission ticket types (3-day/One day) will only be available at the door with a $10.00 price increase! Don’t delay and get your tickets today! Discount evening tickets: Can’t commit to a full day of derby? We won’t hold it against you, in fact, we totally understand are offering $15 evening tickets through Groupon! https://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-women-s-flat-track-derby-association-2019-international-playoffs-winston-salem-nc-1
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About Greensboro Roller Derby
Greensboro Roller Derby (GSORD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose objectives are to engage women in the sport of roller derby in a positive environment and to foster national and international amateur sports competition. GSORD, a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), is a league that strives to foster sportswomanship, athleticism, and teamwork. GSORD supports charities and other nonprofits in the surrounding community by donating a portion of admission fees collected at each game. GSORD was founded in 2010.