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These ladies are on a roll

Flood Water Roller Derby team to appear during Hot Chili, Cool Cars
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Roller derby, the banked-track roller skating competitions popular from the 1930s through the 1980s, is experiencing a resurgence. Once viewed as a form of sports entertainment, roller derby has evolved into a legitimate sport over the last 10 years, said Rena (pronounced Renee) Garcia, spokesperson for the Flood Water Roller Derby team. The modern version, played on flat tracks, has become an international sport dominated by all-female amateur teams. However, there is a growing number of male, co-ed and junior teams. It is also being considered for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. “Some of the best athletes in the world play roller derby,” said Garcia, whose team name is Shadow Solder 74. The 38-year-old Roseville resident, who has been skating since she was 4, remembers watching it on television. “When I moved up here, I found out there was a team,” she said. “I joined it and have never looked back. I’m more than hooked.” Teams now abide by rules established by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of women’s flat track roller derby, added Garcia. There are currently 156 full member leagues and 91 apprentice leagues. The Flood Water Roller Derby team, she said, has 25 members, ranging in age from mid-20s to early 40s who travel from as far away as downtown Sacramento and Georgetown to practice three times a week at Johnson-Springview Park. “We need an indoor training space,” she said. “Our goal is to do more competitions. And we’d like to start a Junior Roller Derby program in the spring. “ The team will be participating in Saturday’s Hot Chili, Cool Cars event – giving 25-minute scrimmages at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In addition, they will be preparing chili and decorating a booth in Chili Alley on Pacific Street near Midas Avenue. They will have information on how to join the team available. “We’re going for it,” said Garcia. “This is our debut for the city of Rocklin.” Once the judges have samples of the entries, chili cooks will begin serving samples of their specialties at 10:30 a.m. Guests can purchase a tasting kit for $5 and vote for the People’s Choice award. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Matt Redding Scholarship Foundation, which was established in memory of the Rocklin Police officer killed in the line of duty in 2005. At the other end of Pacific Street, more than 200 of the coolest pre-1973 classic cars will be competing for awards. Returning for the fourth consecutive year, Rocklin Community Theater cast members will be performing songs from Disney’s “Little Mermaid” on Performance Square. Appearing on the main stage throughout the day will be the Dave Russell Band. A kids’ area will be set up with bounce houses, a climbing wall, face painting, games and crafts. Start the day off with a pancake breakfast hosted by Cub Scout Pack 25. Scouts will be serving syrup-laden pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at the corner of Oak and Pacific streets. Tickets are $5. ________ Hot Chili, Cool Cars When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: On Pacific Street from Rocklin Road to Midas Avenue What: Classic car show, chili cook-off, music, vendor booths, kids’ activities Admission: Free