Ramble On: Let’s roll with roller derby

The Valley Echo publisher Marilyn Berry rambles on about her perspective on valley life.

Let’s start with hearty congratulations to the Invermere Killer Rollbots. These ladies, with the help of coach Chris Corey have put the area on the map for yet another reason. The East Kootenay Roller Derby League held its debut bout for the season in Cranbrook last Saturday night and the team performed extremely well, outscoring their Cranbrook opponents by over 150 points.

What I see is another group of ambassadors for the valley. They will host their own bout in the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena on June 2. There were over 500 tickets sold to the event in Cranbrook with approximately 200 others in attendance as players/officials/media, etc.  The capacity for tickets sales in the Eddie will be about 800. I believe that, as more people learn more about the sport, they could sell out.

Amazing, isn’t it?

I hope team members are recognized for creating yet another reason for visitors to come here and for their contributions to the community.

I encourage you to ask a player about their sport and how it works. Come out to the bout, it’s an awesome atmosphere and don’t be shy about asking someone next to you about exactly what’s going on and how the scoring works.

If you enjoy watching a fast-paced, physical sport, you’ll love roller derby!

We’re a little later getting information out on the 4th Annual Giving Back Golf Tournament this year. Rest assured, however, that it’s taking place on Sunday, June 24. The beneficiary of the funds raised this year will be the Rotary Club of Invermere and will go towards their Water Park Project at Kinsmen Beach. Stay tuned to the Echo for more information, and please come out and join in the fun as we bat the ball around the Windermere Valley Golf Course and raise money for a very worthy cause. Get your entries in early too, to take advantage of a super low rate.