WFTDA Press Releases and News Coverage
Laws Targeting Trans Athletes Have Made Roller Derby a Safe Haven
Trans, intersex, and gender-expansive athletes are all welcome.
Opinion: Don’t fall for Rep. Martina White’s rhetoric. Trans women are women
Women’s sports need media coverage, investment, and resources. Not gender policing, says guest columnist Erica Vanstone.
BRING IT IN: Erica Vanstone
BRING IT IN hosts Henry Abbott and David Thorpe spoke with Erica Vanstone, aka “Double H,” the Executive Director Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, about the WFTDA's return to play plan.
Trans Sporter Room Interview with Erica Vanstone
Discussing Erica Vanstone's essay, " Trans Women Are Women, In Sport and Everything Else."
Trans Women Are Women: In Sport and Literally Everywhere Else
Essay by WFTDA Executive Director, Erica Vanstone
Full Frontal on TBS
This Women’s Roller Derby League Made A Better COVID-19 Plan Than Trump
We already know girls run the world. So why aren’t they running our country’s COVID protocol? Full Frontal rolled out its toughest correspondent, Amy Hoggart, to figure out how a women’s roller derby league has come up with a better COVID-19 plan than our president. Featuring Tracey “Dreadlocked and Loaded” Hughes, April “Jumpy McGee” Fournier, and Nikki McCorriston AKA Trauma.
What A Mid-Pandemic Roller Derby Practice Looks Like
The sport is definitely not socially distant. But players figured out how to make it work.
The one sport that’s doing it right
What does it actually take to play sports during a pandemic? Why we all should take a page out of roller derby’s reopening playbook.
Burn It All Down Podcast
Hot Take: Interview with Executive Director of Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, Erica Vanstone
Jessica interviewed Erica Vanstone, the Executive Director of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). They talk about the association's response to COVID, the work they're doing towards dismantling racism, and the overlap of the WFTDA's LA league, Angel City, with the name of the newly-announced NWSL team in LA, Angel City FC.
The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC
The Return to Sports
Jane McManus, director of Marist's Center for Sports Communication and New York Daily News sports columnist, talks about where things in the world of sports are holding in the era of COVID-19 and BLM protests, the responsibility they hold to prevent a virus spike and cultural backlash, and which leagues are getting it right.
Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan That Will Roll COVID’s Ass Over
While professional basketball, baseball, and college football have been botching attempts to re-open despite health experts’ advice, women’s roller derby has been putting together a master plan that is so efficient, so scientifically informed, so precise that it’s sexy. Enough for Emory University epidemiologist Zachary Binney, who has been a prominent critic of how other sports are reopening, to confess its spectator policies are so good it “almost made me cry.”