For the first time in modern history, an American men’s roller derby team is crossing the Pacific Ocean and undertaking a grueling schedule of intercontinental games in Australia. On January 9-11, 2015 the New York Shock Exchange Men’s Roller Derby Team (NYSE) kicks off its inaugural “Shock Down Under” Tour in Newcastle at the Bont Invitational, bouting against top Australian teams. From Newcastle, the New York City-based team moves on to Brisbane to face off against the Brisbane City Rollers. The tour wraps in Sydney with games against the Sydney SMASH Bros and Tasmania’s Bass Strait Brawlers. “Shock Down Under” concludes on January 18, 2015 with NYSE’s signature intensive two day, co-ed training boot camp. Says Jonathan Rockey, NYSE’s founder and men’s roller derby most noted player, “We are thrilled for the opportunity to play roller derby and share our experience in Australia. Our wish is that the trip will fan the flames of excitement after their national championships and encourage more derby around the world.”
Not only does “Shock Down Under” allow NYSE to play for and teach players 10,000 miles away from New York, it paves the way for Australian teams such as Sydney City SMASH, the Bass Straight Brawlers, the Victorian Vanguard, Brisbane Scartel, Perth Men’s Derby, and many more to join the rapidly expanding Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA).
As part of the fundraising effort for this historic tour, NYSE will be hosting a party on Sept. 17th at Don Pedro in Brooklyn, NY. Details are forthcoming on Facebook.
About the New York Shock Exchange (NYSE)
NYSE is the world’s most recognized and successful men’s roller derby league, having won the modern-day sport’s first two national championships consecutively in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, NYSE became the first contemporary men’s roller derby team to undertake an intercontinental tour, “Shock the UK”, playing local teams across England to enthusiastic response. A founding member of the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA), NYSE competes nationally and strives to push the sport forward athletically and professionally while widening the sport’s fan base.
About the Bont Invitational
Australian skate manufacturer Bont aggressively encourages the growth of roller derby worldwide and hosts its namesake international Bont Invitational for men’s and women’s teams on January 9-11, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.
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