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History of Fairbanks Roller Derby

In 2008 local entrepreneur Michelle "Bad Lady" Maynor, with a history of drag racing in her blood, felt the need for speed of a different kind- speed on skates! Joined by a group of like-minded women, "Banks City" was born. Since it's inception in Ester, Alaska "Banks City" morphed into the Fairbanks Rollergirls, developing a membership including skaters, referees, non-skating officials, and volunteers.

 

In 2011, the Fairbanks Rollergirls introduced two house teams- Gold Diggers and Raven Rebels and soon thereafter were accepted as full members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, the official governing body of Women's Flat Track Roller Derby. 

Due to a decline in membership, in 2015 Fairbanks Rollergirls made the decision to dissolve the two original house teams and move forward as one unified entity. 

In 2022 Fairbanks Roller Girls evolved into Fairbanks Roller Derby and became the first gender-inclusive league in Interior Alaska. In May of 2024, skaters from the league, joined others from around the Alaska and the Yukon, to participate in the Breaking Bread Bout, the first public appearance of skaters in Fairbanks in six years!

Today, the league continues to grow in a rebuilding phase, and is enthusiastically inviting folks to grab a pair of skates, a mouthguard, and to join them on the track!

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