Crash! Boom! Bam! They’re coming to Greater Lansing!
LANSING, Mich.—The Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA), along with the Lansing Derby Vixens and the Summit Sports and Ice Complex are proud to have been recently awarded the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division II Playoffs on August 26-28, 2016. This is the first time the event has ever been held in Greater Lansing. The event will bring ten teams, approximately 200 athletes and many more friends, family and spectators to the region.
Hosting a WFTDA tournament in Lansing means big things for both the Lansing and Michigan roller derby community. Roller derby is the fastest growing sport in the world and hosting this tournament not only gets the Greater Lansing community on the WFTDA map, it can give Greater Lansing residents a glimpse into what high-level roller derby is all about. Anyone who has seen a bout knows roller derby is highly athletic and action-packed and this event will offer top-grade teams competing at a high level.
“Roller derby opens up a tough, competitive sport to adult women from many different backgrounds,” said Chelsea Fristoe with the Lansing Derby Vixens. “We have had women who have played sports their entire lives and women who have never done anything athletic prior to joining the league. On that level, derby has brought an enormous amount of empowerment and general awesomeness to upwards of 200 women, men and girls. For the community, we have continued to provide countless fun, family-friendly games over the last five years. We are adding a sport to the Lansing sports scene that isn’t necessarily well-known, and it’s really just been so much fun watching that grow and change since 2010.”
The roller derby event is open to the public and will be held at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Dimondale. For additional event information visit www.lansingsports.org. If you have specific questions about the GLSA, contact Meghan Ziehmer at 517-377-1425.