The Charlotte Roller Girls knew that 2012 was going to be a big year. This would be their first full season of play as a WFTDA league and in January they hit the ground skating with a jam-packed calendar. From a demanding, competitive bout schedule that included 5 double header events at home… to an ambitious community involvement agenda, they always stayed busy.
With the league’s WFTDA accreditation came intense competition that challenged even the most dedicated skaters. Becoming a member of the premier roller derby association isn’t just a status symbol, it’s an entry into the annual struggle for the worldwide championship.
The All-Stars home schedule brought a new level of roller derby competition to Charlotte. The All-Stars finished with three wins and three losses in home bouts at Grady Cole Center, defeating teams from Harrisonburg, VA; Johnson City, TN and Christiansburg, VA. The highlight of the home season was a dominating victory against the Rocktown Rollers in the final home bout of the season.
The All-Stars away season was long-running and spanned thousands of miles across the U.S. They visited Evansville, IN in February and finished in December with a win in Johnson City, TN against the Little City Roller Girls. Along the way they visited South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, and New York. Including a tough tournament in Raleigh, NC, where the All-Stars finished 3-8 on the road, evolving and improving along the way.
The CLTRG B-Dazzlers faced nine opponents in 2011, gaining a wealth of experience on the way to a 4-5 record. The B-Dazzlers provided the most memorable moment of the year at the final home bout against Charlottesville when an exciting, close bout was capped off by a last second comeback win. The B-Dazzlers showed a steely resolve that should be an asset to both teams for 2013.
Both Charlotte Roller Girls teams evolved throughout the season and worked hard to improve in a sport that moves and changes at a lightning fast pace. Roller derby is the fastest growing women’s sport in the world, and CLTRG had to work hard to keep up and improve. The All-Stars and B-Dazzlers played a handful of opponents twice in 2012 and is proud of improving their score against each of those teams.
Off the track, the Charlotte Roller Girls worked hard to enrich the community through volunteerism, donations, and partnerships. Along with the hard hitting action at CLTRG home bouts, fans were encouraged to donate blood to the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas or donate to Spay and Neuter Charlotte. In conjunction with the Charlotte Roller Girls’ commitment to women’s empowerment and fitness, they worked hard to promote Girls on the Run, a non-profit that works to promote exercise and self-esteem amongst girls in grades 3-8. Keeping with tradition, the Charlotte Roller Girls went over edge for the Special Olympics. The league capped off the year by collecting donations for the Girl Talk Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank.
2012 was a successful year due to the commitment and hard work of the sponsors, fans, volunteers, NSOs, refs and skaters who all fueled their efforts for the love of derby. The skaters will use this off-season time over the holidays to rest and recharge so that next year is even better than this one. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2013 bout schedule that will be released in early January. The Charlotte Roller Girls wish you a very happy holiday.