Arizona Roller Derby to Compete in Division 1 Tournament in Dallas, Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21st, 2017

Arizona Roller Derby Qualifies for Women’s Roller Derby Playoffs
Arizona Roller Derby to Compete in Division 1 Tournament in Dallas, Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced today that Arizona Roller Derby qualified for the 2017 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Dallas, Texas, Sept. 22-24, as the 9th seed. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned games played through that date.
Marking its 12th year of pushing the sport’s athleticism and competition to new heights, the International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained skaters and teams from WFTDA member leagues. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most
anticipated match-ups of the year.

The following teams will be joining Arizona Roller Derby in Dallas on Sept. 22-24 to compete for a spot at the WFTDA Championships in November. The top four teams from each of the three international D1 Playoffs will advance to Championships to compete for the sport’s highest honor: the Hydra trophy and the title of WFTDA Champions.

  1. Victorian Roller Derby League, Melbourne, Australia
  2. Texas Rollergirls, Austin, Texas, U.S.
  3. Arch Rival Roller Derby, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
  4. Minnesota RollerGirls, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
  5. Atlanta Rollergirls, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  6. Queen City Roller Girls, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
  7. Santa Cruz Derby Girls, Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
  8. Philly Roller Derby, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  9. Arizona Roller Derby, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
  10. Dallas Derby Devils, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
  11. Houston Roller Derby, Houston, Texas, U.S.
  12. Wasatch Roller Derby, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships offer five weekends of full-contact competition. Catch a preview of tournament action and see archives of past footage at youtube.com/thewftda. Clips for use in broadcast are available by request.
Learn how to join the action in Dallas, at the WFTDA Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Nov.
3-5, or at any of the WFTDA postseason events at wftda.com/tournaments. Those who can’t make the trip
can still cheer on Arizona Roller Derby’s Tent City Terrors from home via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel: WFTDA.tv!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Chelsea Winkel, Communications Chair at Arizona Roller Derby: goldy@arizonarollerderby.com
Jenna Cloughley, WFTDA Marketing and Communications Manager: jenna@wftda.com | 647.298.6529

ABOUT ARIZONA ROLLER DERBY: Arizona Roller Derby (AZRD) was founded in 2003, it is the second-oldest and one of the best-established flat track leagues in the world. We are a skater-owned/skater-operated 501 (c)3 non-profit organization composed of skaters, officials, coaches, and volunteers. AZRD is also a charter member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the only international governing body to regulate interstate play for flat track roller derby. Our mission is to foster the international sport of women’s flat track roller derby as a skater-operated organization. AZRD welcomes all genders, sexual orientations, races, and religions.

ABOUT THE WFTDA: The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s
flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for
rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are
currently 405 WFTDA member leagues and 41 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is
governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

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