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Sirens Lose to Belles of the Brawl For Second Year

April 5, 2018 - The Sea to Sky Sirens were defeated by Victoria's Belles of the Brawl 295-100 in a hard-fought battle on Vancouver Island. The Sirens, alongside their amazing pick-up players from the Lower Mainland and Nanaimo, battled hard against their opponents, but were out jammed and out blocked.  This is just more fuel for the fire for a re-match in the future!

Sirens Win Back To Back Games

July 22, 2017 - The Sea to Sky Sirens took home back-to-back wins at the Squamish Inquisition Roller Derby Double Header on home soil. In Game 1, the Sirens beat the Doomsday Bunnies from Mainland Misfits league 262-142. In Game 2 against Team Dragon from the Terminal City Roller Girls, the Sirens won 236-105.

Sirens Host Pivotstar Best of the West Tournament

June 10/11, 2017 - The Sirens hosted the team's first ever tournament at Brennan Park in June. Squamish played host to eight teams from Washington State and across British Columbia. This exciting tournament featured a trial run of new rules designed to make the game of roller derby faster and more efficient to referee.

Sirens Defeated by Belles in Victoria

June 4, 2017 - The Sea to Sky Sirens were defeated 149-133 in a hard-fought bout against Victoria's Belles of the Brawl. While the Sirens battled until the bitter end, speed, agility and strategy of the opposing team lead to a crushing loss.

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R E S I L I E N C E

R E S I L I E N C E

By Amber Turnau (a.k.a. Slamber Gently)

I skate out onto the track in terror. My heart in my throat, my knees quivering and my mind racing. What the hell was I doing out here?  I could barely hear fans in the arena cheering as I gulped in breaths. The whistle blew. And the chaos begun. My first roller derby game.

The most growth I’ve ever experienced has been from moments of great discomfort – and this sport has given me plenty of those. I’ve learned that the human body is resilient – and so, too is the human spirit. And digging deep is the ultimate way to develop your grit.

I go to practice every week with a little bit of that fear from my first game. Fear that I won’t perform well. Fear that I’ll fall down and injure myself – yet again. But, I still go. I lace up my skates. I practice, I play. I fail, I learn, I fall down, I rise again.

This practice of resiliency, of digging deep through moments of discomfort, of developing grit. It’s a muscle. It’s not something that comes naturally to many of us. Not for me – know that. 

In my career of marketing – where I’ve spent the last decade – grit and resiliency are currency. It’s a highly competitive and volatile industry and we are all under great pressure to deliver; to be strategic, yet lean agile; to deliver creative excellence and solid business results. 

Throughout my career, I have had many challenges and ups and downs. However,  I always had an inner voice saying: “Get this project out the door. You can do this. It will happen. It’s worth the fight.”

I remember when I first started working in the industry. We had to introduce 3 character traits. Mine were something like Collaborative. Creative. Great Communicator. One my colleagues defined herself as “gritty”. At the time I was taken aback, thinking about how mean and scary she must be. For me, gritty has always been a negative term.

But flash forward and here I am now, describing myself as resilient and gritty. You don’t have to leave those other traits behind to be so.

As I look toward my future career path, I’ve realized that I can take this grit and determination to new heights and start my own consulting business with my partner. Thanks to my learnings on the derby track, I’ve let this inner voice begin to evaporate. Instead, my inner mantra saying:

“I can do this. I can do this. I can get on that track. And I can start my own business too.”

There’s a position in roller derby called  a Jammer – she’s the one with the star on her helmet. Her job is to pass the pack and score points for her team. The opposite team does everything they can to knock her off her feet, push her out of the game. But that jammer, she doesn’t give up. When she falls, she rises again. She pushes through exhaustion and when one strategy isn’t working, she tries a different way.

She’s a fighter. She is strong. She is resilient. And most importantly, she is me. And she’s you.

I believe that there is a jammer inside all of us. We can draw from her when we need to dig deep – to push through in our most challenging or uncomfortable moments. And whether on a track or in the boardroom, we are all resilient.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Roller Derby — More than a sport

In the derby community we need diverse people. It doesn’t matter if you’re short, big-boned, petite, man or woman, able to take a hit or not. The doors are open for anyone willing to learn. 

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Meet the Sirens

Badass, rough-and-tumble, with a cherry on top!