By Jon Zacks
"I just love roller skating" says the organizer of Fort St. John’s newest female-only activity.
Kim Hogg is the organizer of the ‘Energetic Roller Derby Demons,’ a roller-derby league commencing play soon. She says she was inspired to start the league because she didn’t see a lot of other physical activities for local women to participate in. "There’s nothing for ladies to do here, there’s nothing for ladies to get together and be themselves, and have something that is fun and healthy to do."
And so, enter the Energetic Roller Derby Demons. Orginally called the ‘Peace River Roller Derby Divas,’ Hogg says she had to change the name of her organization, because of a conflict with a newly-starting league in Peace River, Alberta. But, she isn’t disappointed with having to change the name. She says the change better represents Fort St. John, and also means there’s a possibility for some out-of-town competition.
Hogg says 21 women have already confirmed their participation, which is enough for almost two teams. She says there’s no limit to how many women can sign-up, and no limit to the amount of teams she can have. Play will begin as soon as there’s enough for two teams, which will be soon.
Not soon enough, say her excited participants. "Everybody loves it, the people that have joined keep thanking me" Hogg says, "I think it’s just going to be awesome."
Anyone who is interested in getting involved can call Kim, at (250) 793-8791. Participants do need to have their own skates, though she says she can help with that too. All it will cost is a $50 registration fee, part of which will cover insurance.
She encourages women to take a chance, and try out the sport. "It opens up opportunities for new friendships, and for ladies to get together, and get fit, and be themselves … and have fun."