NEW GLASGOW – Every lap counts. The toughest part is trying to complete it.
© CHRISTOPHER CAMERON – THE NEWS
Members of Pictou County’s Kickin’ Vixens practise Tuesday night at the JBM for the Demolition Derby this Saturday. The event starts at 3 p.m. at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium, with the doors opening at 2:30 p.m.
Brenda Jones, vice-president of the Highland Derby Dolls, said Pictou County can expect to see lots of excitement at the JBM this Saturday as the club hosts “Demolition Derby.” The local team, Kickin’ Vixens, is hosting the Ripide Rollers from Cape Breton and Tar City Rollers from the Annapolis Valley for roller derby scrimmages Saturday afternoon.
“We’re really excited to be hosting this event for the first time,” said Jones. “We’re one year old now and it’s the first time hosting this here. We usually go away, but this will help our exposure because a lot of people still don’t know we’re here. We’re just looking to build our group here.
“It’s a full contact sport and it’s more sporty than theatrical, so the community can expect a lot of action here on Saturday.”
The doors open at 2:30 p.m. with the event starting at 3 p.m. as the Kickin’ Vixens take on the Tar City Rollers. It costs $5 to get into the event for anyone over 12 years old or $4 with a food bank item.
Jones explained that the goal is to get the jammer around the track as many times as possible in the time allotted, although each team is trying to keep the other jammer from getting around the track.
She said that fans can sit in the stands or bring their own chairs if they want to be on the floor and close to the action. The club will also have a barbecue during the day and door prizes.
“We hope this will introduce the sport to the county and that the interest will grow around the sport,” said Jones. “Once we host this we hope to hold more and have people come back. We want more skaters to want to join and grow the number of supporters as well.”
This weekend’s event will also be the final sporting event held at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium before it closes its doors at the end of the month.
“This building has definitely been important to the community over the years and everyone is sad to see it close its doors, which makes this event a little more special,” said Jones.
For more information on the event visit Highland Derby Dolls – Team Kickin’ Vixens on Facebook.