Gent GO-GO Roller Girls is Belgium’s first roller derby team and WFTDA apprentice league.
GO-GO Gent hosted Belgium’s very first roller derby bout in January 2011, the same month they became the sixth European team to get accepted into WFTDA’s apprentice league program. With home bouts against Brighton, Berlin and Essen, and away games in Stuttgart, Paris and Copenhagen, GO-GO Gent is steadily gaining competitive experience.
Ghent * Gent GO-GO Roller Girls
Today, over 40 skaters and referees practice three times a week collectively working towards increasing agility, endurance and strategy, while having a great time playing this amazing sport.
Once upon a time, a girl moved from the USA to Ghent, Belgium. She took along a lasting impression from a roller derby bout. Arriving in Gent, free-lance journalist Grace Smelly wrote an article in the Flemish newspaper ‘De Morgen’ (28th of June 2008) about Roller Derby and included an open question to get in touch if readers were interested to form the first league in Belgium. The seed for the Gent GO-GO Roller Girls was planted.
A few daring girls got together in a pub in September 2008, not knowing one another, but they got hooked to this yet unknown sport, brewing a big plan to start a team, find venues, fans…
From september 2008 until june 2009, small steps were taken: some practices, some new friends joining. Gradually, a real team was forming.
On June 9th the Gent GO-GO Roller Girls officially start having two practices a week in Rollerland, Aalst. Julie Jawbreaker, a former roller derby skater in USA leagues Big Easy Roller Girls and Carolina Rollergirls, joined the team as trainer as well around the same period. From this day onwards, it has been one steep climb up until today.
Monday 20:00 – 22:00
Wednesday 20:00 – 22:00
Friday 20:00 – 22:00
Sunday 11:00 – 13:00 or 13:00 – 15:00
Practice locations: Driebeek Gentbrugge, St.-Lievenspoort Gent, Dracuna Wondelgem, Ertvelde