Getting into the fray at Silence of the Jams

Blockers from Nelson's Lumber Jackies (left) and Rossland's Gnarlie's Angels keep an eye out for their respective jammers.

I attended the West Kootenay Roller Derby’s Silence of the Jams event at the Nelson and District Community Centre. It was quite the exciting time, as I got in close to the action with my camera in an effort to capture things in a different way.

Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers took on Nelson’s Kill Joys in the first and perhaps most exciting bout of the evening. The two teams were neck and neck throughout the match and Castlegar just narrowly pulled out a victory at the end of the second half. It was clear from their bout that the historical Nelson-Castlegar hockey rivalry lives on in the roller derby ring.

The second bout was much more one-sided, with Rossland’s experienced Gnarlie’s Angels taking on Nelson’s relative newbie Lumber Jackies. While the Lumber Jackies put up a good fight, Gnarlie’s Angels took the bout handily.

See below for video from the event. To read more, visit my blog Colin Payne Writing and Photography. To see more photos, visit my website.

Roller derby rumbles into Nelson

PRESS RELEASE from West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League

The ladies on wheels are at it again with “Silence of the Jams,” a West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League event that hits Nelson this Saturday.

The bouts between Nelson’s Lumber Jackies versus Rossland’s Gnarlie’s Angels and Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers against Nelson’s Killjoys, mark the third double-header for the league this season.

Photo courtesy of the West Kootenay Women's Roller Derby League.

Roller derby has caught on fast in the region, which now has the largest league in Canada made up of seven teams. The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League includes Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, the Gnarlie’s Angels from Rossland, Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Nelson’s Killjoys and Lumber Jackies, Slocan’s Valley Vandettas and the region’s travel team, the Kootenay Cannibelles.

The sport has even appealed to the younger girls, with the newly formed West Kootenay Junior Roller Derby.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Nelson and District Community Complex, with the first whistle at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $2 for kids 10-years-old or under. Last month’s bout sold out quickly so residents looking to cheer their derby girls on are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

For those looking to support the West Kootenay league, fan merchandise will be up for grabs.

Tickets can be picked up in advance at RossVegas in Rossland, Gerick Cycle and Sports in Trail, Mountain High Lighting in Castlegar, West Kootenay Scuba Shop in Salmo and Phat Angel in Nelson.

The league has four double headers scheduled for the season, plus playoffs and finally a championship bout on Sept. 11. Come out and support the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League! For up-to-date information, follow the league on Facebook or visit the league website at

For more information on the upcoming bouts or to volunteer, contact the league at

Win tickets to roller derby

Nelson, let your MLA know why community sport is important and you could win tickets to this season’s West Kootenay Roller Derby bouts.

Michelle Mungall is drawing pairs of tickets to see one of this region’s most explosive sporting events. Just email your submission to .

Michelle Mungall, front and centre, with the Babes of Brutality. Photo submitted.

First draw is Thursday, May 26 for the Saturday, May 28 bout in Nelson.

“Promoting and supporting community sport is good on so many levels. I know why it’s important to me, but I want to hear why it is important to the people of this region,” says Mungall, “And as an extra incentive, I’ll be entering everyone who participates into draws that take place two days before each West Kootenay bout.”

The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League currently boasts eight teams including the Babes of Brutality, Lumberjackies and Killjoys. They represent a sport that is fast paced, fun and growing in popularity throughout BC.

Recently, Mungall spoke to this “roller derby explosion” in B.C.’s Legislature. “The West Kootenay women, while the largest league [in Canada], aren’t the only growing league,” said Mungall before the last bout. She then proceeded to list all BC leagues from the originators, Eves of Destruction, to Fort St. John’s Energetic City Roller Derby Association.

“Roller derby is among the many great community sports in our region,” says Mungall “Getting out and being active is good for your health, your community and the province.”

For more information on the contest and Mungall’s ongoing support of community sport, go to