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Paradise Roller Girls “Honey Badgers” Send 20 to the Mainland

Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badgers shared the Aloha and traded blows with four other teams at the Wild West Showdown outside of Seattle, Washington, March 2-4. After finding out they were accepted into the Showdown just 6 weeks before the date the Paradise Roller Girls launched into action and held a flurry of fundraisers to raise enough to send the team of 16 skaters, 2 coaches and 2 referees to Seattle. The Big Island community and fans from abroad rose to the occasion and through their generous support helped Paradise Roller Girls exceed their $10,000 goal and allow the Honey Badgers to participate in the premier roller derby event.

The Honey Badgers skated in four bouts over the three day Showdown. Though they did not bring home a victory, Paradise Roller Girls certainly won the hearts of all in attendance. The Honey Badgers turned in an even performance over their four bouts and were regarded as some of the hardest hitters at the event. The first bout was against Sin City Roller Girls, final score 221 to 64. The following day the Honey Badgers faced the Slaughter County Roller Vixens, followed by the Bellingham Roller Betties (final score 201 – 84).  For the final day of the Showdown the Honey Badgers bouted against Humboldt Roller Derby for an end score of Humboldt 203 to 72.

During the first half of PRG’s final bout the teams were holding even until Humbolt took a commanding lead before the half-time buzzer. Spirits flagging, the Honey Badgers went to the bench for half-time. With 10 minutes before second half, Honey Badger and hula dancer Destinee “Big Daddy’s Addiction” Pakani brought the team to their feet for an impromptu half-time hula on skates. Facing the crowd, the whole team began to dance to the intense delight of the audience. The spectators in the bleachers and balcony were cheering so loudly that the bout in-progress on the neighboring track stopped in the middle of play to skate around the barrier and watch. The Humbolt team even joined in the dance. Every eye in the stadium was on the “Hawaii Girls” as they finished their performance with an “AaaalllloooHA!”

The Honey Badgers were cheered on for all four days by “Roarin Lauren” Selden and her family. Lauren is PRG’s brave Big Island Babe who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer shortly after her 11th birthday. Leaving their home on the Big Island the Selden family moved to the Seattle area where Lauren is receiving treatment at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. As part of their visit Paradise Roller Girls donated $2,500 to the Selden family to help with medical costs. The Seattle roller derby teams have rallied around her family as well, holding benefit bouts and fundraising events. Throughout the Showdown “Roarin’ Lauren!” was a rallying cry for the Honey Badgers.

The Paradise Roller Girls are looking forward to hosting their Showdown opponents on the Big Island in the future. All four teams plus two others want to travel to Hawaii for another opportunity to play the Honey Badgers.

“The entire experience was incredibly positive,” said PRG President and Honey Badger Mari “Bad Brains Betty” Ortega. It was PRG’s finest moment to date “everyone just really came together – our teamwork, our unity. We played hard.”

The Paradise Roller Girls are set to start their official season on June 23 with the debut of their four home teams – the Hilo Bay Bruisers, Volcano Vixens, Mauna Killahz and Kona’s Tsunami Slammers in a double header at the Hilo Civic. The girls will be warming up with a pre-season scrimmage at the Kona Old A’s on May 5. More details on paradiserollergirls.com.

Paradise Roller Girls to Present First Ever Derby Double Header!

Media Release:

It’s a Midsummer Night Scream in Hilo! Hawaii Island’s Paradise Roller Girls are hosting Seattle’s Rat City Roller Girls’ Sockit Wenches

The Socket Winches out of Seattle

and Oahu’s Pacific Roller Derby all-stars, the Hulagans, in a derby double-header.

Oahu’s Pacific Roller Derby all-stars, the Hulagans

The event is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 13 at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the first bout starts at 5 p.m. with the Hulagans vs. the Sockit Wenches, followed by Paradise Roller Girls’ newly-named all-stars, the Hawaiian Honey Badgers vs. the Sockit Wenches.

Tickets are available now at www.paradiserollergirls.com or from your favorite derby girl. Other outlets include CD Wizard, Mountain View Village Video, Akmal’s Indian Food, Kalapana Village Cafe, Jungle Love and at the door the day of the event. Pre-sale ticket price is $10, $15 at the door. Selling out is anticipated so get your tickets early! Children two and under are free. Please, no strollers, coolers or beverage containers; concessions will be available inside.

Aug. 13 will also debut PRG’s all-new Junior Roller Derby team, the Big Island Babes, with a scrimmage between the bouts. With 35 girls ranging from 8 to 17 years old, the Big Island Babes Junior Derby started June 6 of this year.

Double the bouts means double the half-time contests! The first bout half-time contest is Derby Girl Dress-Up where audience teams scramble to dress their friend in protective gear and accessories. Once dressed, the first “derby girl” to finish a lap around the track wins.

The second bout will feature Paradise Roller Girls’ favorite contest – the Superfan Costume Contest. Come dressed to impress in your best derby fan outfit! Our lovely half-time emcees OxyJen and Bam Boo Hoo will prowl the crowd looking for the best costumes to feature in the contest, so make sure to strut your stuff before the bout starts. Great prizes, including a family four-pack, eight-line zipline adventure from Honoli‘i Mountain Outpost.

PRG is donating $1 from every ticket sold for the Aug. 13 event to the Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition. Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition works directly with the non-profit organization Big Island Resource Conservation and Development to accept tax deductible donations. The Coalition is currently working towards their financial benchmark of $100,000 to secure a vacant lot within the Hilo Ho‘olulu Complex for construction of the Hilo Skate Plaza. Once constructed, the Hilo Skate Plaza will provide a safe environment for a variety of recreational activities.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. PRG membership is island-wide with teams in Kona and Hilo.

Sponsors of the Midsummer Night Scream include WillKill Termites & Pests, Aloha Coast Realty, KapohoKine Adventures, Kona Marine Supply, Law Offices of Steven Strauss, Sin City Skates, Coldwell Banker Day-Lum and Curly Pinky Designs.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action packed entertainment and family fun. For more information and to meet the PRG, check out www.paradiserollergirls.com.