Liz Marchiondo photo Melodie Lapina of the Penticton Pistoleras is heading to the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester, England. The four-day tournament kicks off Feb. 1.

Penticton roller derby star headed to world cup

A Penticton roller derby player is lacing up her skates to compete for the Philippines at the Roller Derby World Cup being held in Manchester, England at the beginning of February.

Melodie Lapina, a.k.a. Blair Block, joined the Penticton Pistoleras in the fall of 2017 after playing for multiple teams in different leagues throughout the Okanagan. She’s played roller derby for about nine years.

“Growing up in Canada as a second generation immigrant it’s an honour to be selected to be part of the first team to represent the Philippines at the Roller Derby World Cup. I am so thrilled to be able to not only wear my family’s name on the back of my jersey (Lapina), but also to wear the flag of that country on the front. It’s surreal and I hope that I can make everyone proud,” she stated in a press release.

Lapina skates the jammer position. Roller derby fans will know that the jammer has star on her helmet and is working to score points.

Lapina noted being a part of roller derby has changed her life and filled it with friends.

“Derby has helped me lose weight and gain confidence. I’ve met the best people on these eight wheels over the years and it has taken me places I never thought I could go. I have big goals that I am working towards. I want to be a faster and more agile skater.”

Monika Adrian, a.k.a. Coach Tron of the Pistoleras coaching, said it’s exciting to have a local player skating on the world stage.

“I have known Melodie for years, and watching her grow as a skater and woman has been inspiring. She is an absolute pleasure to coach and we are looking forward to watching one of our very own skaters fulfill her dreams. Proof that hard work and pushing through all that life throws at you is worth it.”

Also competing in the four-day tournament kicking off Feb. 1 is Gina Ho Fatt-Palmer, Roc-A-Fellon, a Okanagan Roller Derby team member. Fatt-Palmer is competing for Team West Indies.

The tournament pits 38 national teams from across the globe against each other all skating after the same goal – to win the gold.

The tournament runs through to Feb. 4. World Cup bouts can be streamed online at www.rollerderbyworldcup.com

RELATED:

Penticton Pistoleras host their final match of season

Penticton Pistoleras donate to Agur Lake Camp

Penticton Pistoleras derby girls embrace alter egos

Just Posted

Penticton council defers on pawn shop stolen goods database

Council directed staff to come back with harsher, escalating penalties for non-compliant businesses

MP Cannings’ long-awaited wood-use bill passes in House vote

The private member’s bill is his first to pass the House, a rare feat for rookie MPs in opposition

Firefighters spreading the word about home sprinklers

Penticton Fire Department to take part in Home Fire Sprinkler Day

City of Penticton begins parking study

Update to South Okanagan Events Centre parking study gets rolling

Twin Lakes armouring against flooding

Canadian Armed Forces personnel assist with further flood mitigation

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

That includes 663 properties in Electoral Area “B” and Electoral Area “G” and 589 in Keremeos

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

Size, cost set for proposed Vernon cultural facility

Size of new home for museum and art gallery is about 58,000 square feet; cost is $40 million

SilverStar reaches new heights with gondola

Vernon ski resort installing new feature, with opening date set for July 7

Most Read