Who we are

Founded in January 2006 as the Hammer City Roller Girls, we are the first not-for-profit, skater operated, flat track roller derby league in Canada.

On July 22, 2006, in Burlington’s Central Arena, history was made as founder Lasha “Whiplasha” Laskowsky and a group of ambitious skaters held the first modern public roller derby bout in Canada. Over the subsequent years, Hammer City established itself as a competitive, hard-hitting league.

In 2017 the league re-branded as Hammer City Roller Derby to more accurately reflect the diversity of our membership.

Proudly representing and skating in Hamilton, Ontario, Hammer City Roller Derby is comprised of the all-star WFTDA charter Hammer City Eh! Team and the Hammer City Dundurn Hassle, both of whom compete against other leagues in Canada and internationally, plus the Pier Pressure freshmeat/rookie team. A junior derby program was established in spring 2017 with the goal of competing in the near future.

Hammer City is proud to be the second international member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the international governing body of the sport with over 420 member leagues around the world. As a WFTDA league, Hammer City helps shape the continued growth and development of roller derby.

Core values

1. Respect – We will treat others with dignity and consideration.
2. Teamwork – We will work together to achieve success as individuals and as a whole both on and off the track.
3. Leadership – We will strive to support and encourage our teammates while conducting ourselves positively in the presence of the competition, the derby community, and the general public.
4. Athleticism – We will exemplify self-discipline, endurance, determination, and competition as athletes representing the WFTDA, and the sport of women’s flat track roller derby.