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Neil Gunner  is an Official Photographer for the Toronto Roller Derby League and author of Into Battle: The Roller Derby Experience in Photos and Interviews.

Smoke City Bandits skaters Pikacheek (@_mdjm) and Amazing Brace (@lausebrause) have a laugh while Gonzo (@thrustintrudeau), whose shiny helmet they’re reflected in, takes a nap before the Bandits’ next game at @drrollerderby’s Twice as DRRDY Roller Derby Tournament this past Saturday. The Bandits skated hard against tough opponents and ended the day with third place in their bracket.
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“So now that you’ve just finished playing an intense sweaty contact sport in full protective gear, wanna do a portrait?”
Beater Parker (@haileymparker), who has appeared in several of my recent Instagram images, has just completed a first season as a jammer with Guelph’s @royalcityroller home team Violet Uprising and travel B team the Rum Rollers, after having transferred in from Niagara Roller Girls. This shot, taken after a Violet Uprising victory last month, is part of my post-game Athletes Series of portraits taken right after the game.
Beater Parker: “While I love the people from NRG, it was a small league and I felt the need to grow. Royal City seemed like the challenge I needed and I tried out for the travel team. I was fortunate to make the Rum Rollers, and later was drafted to Violet Uprising as a home team skater! The league has a lot of amazing skaters — skaters that have helped me become better and stronger. I look forward to growing with them!”
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“So now that you’ve just finished playing an intense sweaty contact sport in full protective gear, wanna do a portrait?”
Jail Mary (@carly.a.proulx) a skater with Guelph’s @royalcityroller home team the Killer Queens, is what’s known in roller derby as a triple threat: equally effective as a jammer, blocker and pivot. This shot, taken after a Killer Queens victory earlier this season, is part of my post-game Athletes Series of portraits taken right after the game.
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DRRD’Y Farmers jammer Violet No-Regard (@lynzbennett) has the lead, but there’s no time to lose – the Skateful Dead jammer is coming up fast.
Violet No-Regard: “Don’t let my face fool you! I’m not scared, just trying to calculate exactly how many more seconds of fun I can squeeze out of this jam.”
@drrollerderby’s @drrdyfarmers_ and @kingstonderbygirls’ Skateful Dead faced off last weekend in Oshawa; the Skateful Dead took the win after a hard fought battle.
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Motor City Madames jammer Duchess of Carnage (@brylundie) is dead set on rounding turn 1 and making some points, but will have to get through Keri Daway and a wall of Bombshell Battalion blockers first.
Both @drrollerderby’s Motor City Madames and @rderbydames’ Bombshell Battalion fought hard in this epic pitched battle, held in Oshawa this past weekend. In the end the Bombshells edged ahead to take the win.
Duchess of Carnage: “The Bombshells are a tough team with tough blockers. My style of jamming is normally to hit the pack hard and see if I can break them up, but their blockers were not making that easy!”
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A referee’s eye view: jammer ref The EnForça (@modoughmonuts) keeps pace with Violet Uprising jammer Beater Parker (@haileymparker) at Royal City Roller Derby’s hometown showdown, an epic battle between @royalcityroller’s two home teams, the Killer Queens and Violet Uprising. For each jam, the jammer ref identifies and follows the lead jammer, noting the points they’ve scored. Roller derby referees skate the entire game with no breaks.
The EnForça: “The coolest part about jam reffing is having front row action for so many jammer and blocker triumphs. The hardest part is keeping up.”
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Violet Uprising jammer Beater Parker (@haileymparker) slips past Killer Queens blockers Assault 'n Peppa and BloodThirsty Kirstie at Royal City Roller Derby’s hometown showdown, an epic battle between @royalcityroller’s two home teams. In the end, Violet Uprising took the win by just eight points.
Beater Parker: “This was my very first home team versus home team game with Royal City!  We all practice and scrimmage with each other but when it is game day there is another level of intensity. It all clicks and everyone’s blocking and jamming is pretty much on point. KQ did not make it easy for me, but I still had fun!”
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“So now that you’ve just finished playing an intense sweaty contact sport in a non-air-conditioned hockey arena in July, wanna do a portrait?”
Rookie skater SioBAMM (@siobamm) has harnessed the power of the crop top to have a breakout first season with Toronto Roller Derby: jammer with the Toronto Vipers rookie team, call up with the Gore-Gore Rollergirls home team for the @toderby Semi Finals and, as if that weren’t enough, master of the art of helmet levitation. This shot, taken after a Vipers bout against Hammer City last month, is part of my Athletes Series of portraits taken right after the game.
SioBAMM: “I found derby right when I needed it most. It's been a really tough year for me in terms of mental health and stress, but I always had the support of derby people through and through. Getting injured twice before my first season started made me really scared because my anxiety convinced me I was never going to get to play. Recovery is tough work and basically made me double down and be like, ‘okay well I'm committing to the sport 100%.’ Now, every time I'm on the track I'm smiling because I'm just so stoked to be there.”
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“So now that you’ve just finished playing an intense sweaty contact sport in a non-air-conditioned hockey arena in July, wanna do a portrait?”
Gore-Gore Rollergirls blocker Chronic (@chronic60grit) poses with The Boot, Toronto Roller Derby’s championship trophy, after the Gores’ victory in an epic league final against the Smoke City Bandits late last month. Chronic, a Gores veteran who has been with @toderby since before I began photographing the league, was also awarded MVP Blocker for this bout. This shot is part of my Athletes Series of portraits taken right after the game.
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Smoke City Bandits jammer Gonzo (@thrustintrudeau) is stuck between Gore-Gore Rollergirls blockers Commander Will Wrecker (@irhymes) and Killary DuHarm (@hilduch) at Battle for the Boot, Toronto Roller Derby’s championship final held late last month. It’s a tough spot for a jammer; in the foreground, teammate Dolly Dagger (@onlykiddo) is looking to break up the Gores wall and free Gonzo.
Both teams gave everything they had in this epic @toderby bout. In the end the Gores took the win by just four points.
Commander Will Wrecker: “The Bandits were the only team we lost to – and it came down to the last jam – in the regular season so, among other things, we really worked on our defence and tightening up our formations. The Bandits jammers are so tough! I just remember telling myself and my line, ‘stay low, stay calm, stay together and let’s talk about everything.’ The Bandits jammers really tested our defence and I’m glad to see from this photo that we tested them, too!”
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Gore-Gore Rollergirls jammer Thighlight Of Your Life (@emsmith796) goes for the inside to evade a wall of Smoke City Bandits blockers while, just to the left of frame, teammate Artsy Choke attempts to keep the Bandits off balance and distracted at Battle for the Boot, Toronto Roller Derby’s championship final held earlier this month. Both teams gave everything they had in this epic @toderby bout. In the end the Gores took the win by just four points.
Thighlight: "Very thankful to have Choke coming in to give me some offence against this tough blocking line. Beautiful teamwork won us Gores the Boot."
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Smoke City Bandits blockers Juggernaut J (@juggsj) and Dolly Dagger (@onlykiddo) are determined to stop Gore-Gore Rollergirls jammer Murdercat (@murdercatt) at Battle for the Boot, Toronto Roller Derby’s championship final held earlier this month. Both teams gave everything they had in this epic @toderby bout. In the end the Gores took the win by just a few points.
Juggernaut: “I was thinking: second best to winning a championship is making sure that it is as difficult as possible for the other team to win. With a three point difference and it all coming down to the last jam, I think we accomplished that.”
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