in Toronto, Ontario
The GTA Rollergirls are Toronto's first not-for-profit flat track Roller Derby league, formed in the Spring of 2007 by Cynthia Brooks, aka Splat Benatar #27. Adhering to a not-for-profit business model, GTA Rollergirls is a skater supported league. We pay monthly dues to cover all league costs, and the financials are open to all members of the league. Each and every skater in GTAR contributes their talents to make roller derby happen from the ground up.
Our skaters lead very busy lives. We are students, teachers, mothers, public health nurses, scientists, office workers and business owners. Despite the different daily lives we live, we are all united on the track by our love of roller derby. In 2009, the Derby Debutantes had their breakout season, competing in 11 events against teams from across Canada and the United States. With the widespread interest in this fantastic sport, 2010 was a year of growth for the league, and GTAR introduced a second team of sassy fresh derby players, the Chrome Mollys. In 2011 GTAR was accepted into the WFTDA apprentice program and a new travel team, the G-sTARs, was created to represent GTAR on the WFTDA stage.