FIRS Recognition For Roller Derby

The Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) met for their Congress assembly during the World Roller Figure Skating Championships in Portimao, Portugal on Saturday, December 4th. The central committee met prior to the assembly on Friday, December 3rd. During the central committee meeting, USA Roller Sports gave a presentation on the rapidly growing sport of roller derby and requested that FIRS recognize derby as another one of the federations’ disciplines. USA Roller Sports (USARS) is pleased to announce that their request was granted and roller derby is now an official discipline of FIRS- one step closer to the Olympic movement!

To compete in official international events, roller derby leagues must be registered with the national governing body (NGB) as recognized by each country’s Olympic committee.

In the mid 1960’s, FIRS was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the international governing body for all roller skating. IOC recognition is first necessary for inclusion in the Olympic Games movement.


Résultats La Coupe VRL #1

À la veille du temps des fêtes, le 18 décembre, quarante-trois patineurs de 6 à 66 ans ont chaussé leurs plus beaux patins pour prendre part à la première tranche de la Coupe VRL à la Récréathèque de Laval au nord de Montréal.

Il y a eu de belles performances sur cette piste de bois entre les clubs VRL, Taz, Ottawa et Roller Montréal. La compétition était composée d’une courte et d’une longue distance et se terminait par une course à élimination. Les organisateurs du club VRL se disent très fiers de l’événement et planifient les deux autres rencontres qui se tiendront en février et avril.

VRL le club, souhaite à toute la communauté du « roller », de joyeuses fêtes. Roulez prudemment!

Alcohol and Athletes

Traditionally many athletes consume alcohol after games or competitions to relax and celebrate. What they may not know is that alcohol can negatively affect physical and mental performance.Alcohol affects all major body systems.

Here’s how alcohol can negatively affect your body, and your ability to perform at your personal best.

Get the Facts !
Alcohol can impair athletic performance*

  • Reduces performance potential by up to 11% in elite athletes and perhaps by as much as 15-30% in high school athletes.
  • Impairs the athlete’s reaction time for up to 12 hours after consumption.
  • Delays exercise recovery. Alcohol impairs blood glucose for up to 36 hours, affecting energy production and optimum physical/mental performance.
  • Decreases protein synthesis for repair of muscle tissue during post-exercise/recovery.
  • Reduces HGH release up to 70% during the sleeping hours when (normal) release is at peak levels – negating the ability to efficiently build/maintain muscle mass.
  • Greatly increases the release of the stress hormone cortisol – negating the training effect.
  • Depresses the immune system. Statistics show athletes who “drink” get sick more often.
  • “Drinkers” are twice as likely to become injured as non-drinkers.
  • Heavy episodic drinking (i.e. binge drinking) results in projected losses of up to 14 days of training effect.


Read more: Alcohol and Athletes

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Join the adventure at the Berlin Inline Skating Marathon in 2011

You are invited to join Run N’ Fun at the World’s Largest Inline Skating Marathon!

That’s right! Run N’ Fun is heading to the Berlin Marathon 2011 and we invite you to join us for the event of a lifetime. Join over 7,500 racers from around the world on Saturday September 24th 2011 as you skate through history.

This season finale for 2011 could be the highlight of your inline skating career when you participate in the fastest and largest inline skating marathon in the world! With over 250,000 spectators cheering, you’re sure to skate to a PB.

Click here to see more exciting information about the Berlin Marathon Tour September 22nd – October 1st, 2001 with Run N’ Fun. This event sells out fast! You don’t want to be disappointed. Reserve your spot now for only $150.00!

Safe runnin’ and skatin’

Theresa Edmonson

Colombia’s Secret

Less than 20 years ago, Colombia was mainly known as the country the bad guys in “Miami Vice” came from. Only fifteen years ago, skating-wise they were virtually nonexistent. So I was wondering how come they’re today the strongest skating nation in the world… Well, I’ve got a simple and logic answer: The people implicated in skating over there, at all levels, has just done what must be done, in the right and proper way. From the officials that at the very least did what was expected from them, to the coaches that dearly wanted to improve themselves every day, to the patient and caring parents.

And their athletes? Champions are not made overnight. It takes a lot more than a magic touch to hear the national anthem and see the Colombian flag on the podium so often during the last few editions of World Championships. But it certainly has to do with good alchemy, combining the right measure of passion, talent, organization, sponsorship, mentality, discipline and work… a lot of work, no doubt.

Read more: Colombia’s Secret