Curb Stompin’ Coleshaw isn’t scared of much. In fact, prior injuries are the only thing stopping her from playing in one of the toughest leagues in Saskatoon. But the coach and announcer will admit she’s nervous for the next upcoming challenge she has at the Saskatoon Roller Derby League’s final bout: shaving her head.
Joined by Mo’ Peek Mo’ Problems and Bustin’ Ash, the women in the league are raising money for cancer research in hopes of getting our community one step closer to finding a cure.
“I found out a couple weeks after I came up with this idea that a relative of mine had cancer last year, and she hadn’t told anyone about it,” said Curb Stompin’ Coleshaw. “It was shocking, and I knew now that I had to go through with it.“One girl from our team had posted a photo of her eight years ago, when her and her students did the head shave, and I thought, ‘I want to do something like that.’ ”
The campaign, called Derby Dames for Cancer, began last month and will wrap up at the doubleheader final bout of the year at Prairieland Park. If the league raises $10,000, Curb Stompin’ Coleshaw and Mo’ Peek Mo’ Problems will shave their heads at halftime. If the team raises half of that, teammate Bustin’ Ash will dye her hair pink.
“We’re really excited about this,” said MelRazor #666 Lynch, the communications coordinator for the campaign. “Every penny of what we raise goes to the Canadian Cancer Society. I really think Saskatoon will step up and support us. Our community is really great with grassroots organizations like the Saskatoon Derby League. We’re for the skater, by the skater. That’s our motto, and we’re going to keep pushing as a team to raise money. I believe Saskatoon will respond.”
The final bout will feature two games, the first between Saskatoon’s B team — Killla Bees — and North Battleford’s Rubby Rollers. The second game will feature a highly anticipated match between Saskatoon’s A team — Mindfox — versus Alberta’s E-Ville Dead. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the action starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance.
“The only way I can describe derby action is addicting,” said Curb Stompin’ Coleshaw. “It’s really something you don’t want to miss. You show up; you see all these types of people you’ve never seen before. When the excitement starts, and the skating starts, you can just feel the energy of the crowd. And before you know it, you’re screaming like a crazy person.”
For more information on the cancer fundraiser, visit Derby Dames for Cancer Research on Facebook. To learn more about the final bout, visit Saskatoon Roller Derby League on Facebook, which also has links to the event and how to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.