I attended all 3 days of the Battle on the Bank here in San Diego, CA and watched some really incredible women... essentially, prove to me that roller derby isn't some silly roller skating game. It's rugby on wheels and just as tough, physical and exciting.
Orange County's Blockwork Orange vs. the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds from Seattle, Washington definitely had the most exciting bout. The entire match was essentially neck-and-neck but the TTRB eventually won with 200 points, landing them in 3rd place for the entire competition.
The final match between the LA Derby Dolls and the Arizona Derby Dames was um... well, LA Derby Dolls racked up... 300 something points (yeah. it was up there) and the Arizona Derby Dames ended with, I think, 62 points. But it was evident that the ladies were all there to play some damn good roller derby and the good sportsmanship was incredible. Team members from opposing teams would chat and laugh with each other when waiting for the whistle at the line up. Very humbling to see that.
More info on this year teams at BOTB: http://battleonthebank.com/vii/
Speaking of female athletes, back on the East Coast (how I miss you so NY), professional female boxer Heather "The HEAT" Hardy was featured in today's New York Daily News (p. 23). Heather will be the first professional female boxer to fight at Barclays Center on June 14. Best of luck to Heather on the fight - and thanks to Barclays for supporting female boxing!
Check out the newspaper article here:
And check out my self-promoting link here! My short doc on Heather back when she was an amateur boxer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut_NkfS-GDc
One last thing. Garvin Ha, a friend/fellow freelancer, stopped by the derby game to say hi. He brought me a sweet book he found while shopping for supplies for his upcoming photo show. It was a book of postcards with portraits of pioneering women, titled "Women Who Dared." In it: Frida Kahlo, Susan B. Anthony, Dorothea Lange, Rosa Parks, Valentina Tereshlova, Marie Curie, and a whole bunch more. It seemed to be the theme for the weekend. Thanks, dude!
Check out his (incredibly talented and stylish) work: http://www.garvinha.com/