Roller derby goes to the cats and dogs

Peterborough Area Roller Derby season opener May 27 at Douro arena to support Peterborough Humane Society

Members of the Peterborough Area Roller Derby (PARD) during a recent practice. PARD's double-header season home opener takes place on May 27th at the Douro arena and will support the Peterborough Humane Society. (Photo: Scott Tromley)
Members of the Peterborough Area Roller Derby (PARD) during a recent practice. PARD's double-header season home opener takes place on May 27th at the Douro arena and will support the Peterborough Humane Society. (Photo: Scott Tromley)

At its double-header home season opener on Saturday May 27th, Peterborough Area Roller Derby (PARD) will be supporting the Peterborough Humane Society.

"The Pivot of Oz"

“The Pivot of Oz” happens at the Douro Arena and Community Centre at 2893 Highway 28.

Doors open at 4 p.m., with full contact games starting at 5 and 7 p.m.

Games feature Toronto Mens Roller Derby’s “Toronto Outrage” versus a surprise rival team, and PARD’s “Riverside Riot Squad” versus GTARollergirls’s “Derby Debutantes” in the later game.

Although normal ticket prices for the double header are $15 per person at the door (with children under 10 free), at “The Pivot of Oz” can save $2 off their admission by bringing an item to donate to the Peterborough Humane Society.

The Peterborough Humane Society is looking for non-clumping cat litter, unopened cans of wet cat and kitten food (Royal Canin brand), leashes, collars, gently used clean linens, dish soap, and kitten formula, among other items. Check the PARD Facebook page for updates and a detailed wish list of urgent shelter needs.

Manager of Development and Outreach at the Peterborough Humane Society Susan Dunkley (right) speaks with some of PARD skaters during a recent practice. (Photo: Scott Tromley)
Manager of Development and Outreach at the Peterborough Humane Society Susan Dunkley (right) speaks with some of PARD skaters during a recent practice. (Photo: Scott Tromley)
PARD members hamming it up for the camera at a recent practice. It's a full-contact sport, so skaters wear helmets, elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads, and mouth guards.  (Photo: Scott Tromley)
PARD members hamming it up for the camera at a recent practice. It’s a full-contact sport, so skaters wear helmets, elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads, and mouth guards. (Photo: Scott Tromley)

Cash donations are also welcome. Visit peterboroughhumanesociety.ca for more information, or to find out about kittens available for adoption.

At the “The Pivot of Oz”, there will also be a variety of items from local vendors, league merchandise, and snacks available for purchase, as well as some fun family-friendly games and entertainment at half-time. There is no ATM on site, so please bring cash.

PARD is an incorporated not-for-profit, co-ed, skater-run league based in Peterborough, playing full contact flat track roller derby.   (Photo: Scott Tromley)
PARD is an incorporated not-for-profit, co-ed, skater-run league based in Peterborough, playing full contact flat track roller derby. (Photo: Scott Tromley)
PARD members take a break during their recent practice. PARD is always looking for new skaters and skating referees, with opportunities for both men and women. (Photo: Scott Tromley)
PARD members take a break during their recent practice. PARD is always looking for new skaters and skating referees, with opportunities for both men and women. (Photo: Scott Tromley)

PARD is an incorporated not-for-profit, co-ed, skater-run league based in Peterborough, playing full-contact flat track roller derby. They are always looking for “fresh meat” (new skaters) and skating referees, with opportunities for both men and women.

The next Fresh Meat intake is scheduled for mid September 2017, and will cater to both absolute beginner skaters and to those who already have strong quad-roller skating skills. For more information, to sign up, for league bout schedules, and for volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, visit PARD’s website at www.pard-rollerderby.com.

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