Roller derby is a very inclusive, diverse and supportive community, and is more representative of the LGBTI community than most other sports.
Roller derby allows all kinds of Australians to enjoy sport as a way of Australian life, through an emerging and exciting grass roots sport – one of the fastest growing roller sports in the world and is well represented by women’s tournaments such as The Great Southern Slam (TGSS) held in Adelaide bi-annually, Bendigo Rebellion, 5x5, Eastern Regionals and Men’s Nationals for the guys. What was missing was a tournament for gender diverse teams.
With Roller derby being so gender diverse, there became a need to have a tournament allowing different genders & sexual orientation to play with and against each other on equal footing.
In 2015, Kingston City Rollers created the United Roller Derby Playoffs (URDP), which provides a tournament where skaters complement and showcase their unique characteristics, skills and abilities in highly competitive, gender diverse teams.
Kingston City Rollers tested the waters with a three-team round robin in May 2015. The feedback received was highly in favour of a mixed competition.
September 2015, URDP was born. With eight mixed teams competing over two days in Daylesford Victoria, the tournament was a success.
Teams included: Brisbane City Rollers, The Guild of Roller Derby, Geelong Roller Derby League, Light City Derby, Varsity Derby League, Kingston City Rollers, Ballarat Roller Derby League and URDP Pot luck team – The Mystery Rollers
August 2016, URDP grows to 12 teams competing in two divisions on two tracks over two days. To accommodate this, URDP moved to the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Div 1: Brisbane City Rollers (A), Geelong Roller Derby League, Kingston City Rollers, Light City Derby, Varsity Derby League, United Tasmania Roller Derby
Div 2: Brisbane City Rollers (B), The Guild of Roller Derby, Wagga Derby Dolls, Team Regional Victoria, Diamond Valley Roller Derby Club and URDP’s Pot luck team – The Mystery Rollers
August 2017, URDP expands even more with 16 local teams participating from all across Australia, competing in two divisions over two days.
Div 1: Brisbane City Rollers (A), CRASH, Kingston City Rollers, Light City Derby, United Tasmania Roller Derby, Varsity Derby League
Div 2: Brisbane City Rollers (B), Gentlemen Rollers of Darwin, The Guild of Roller Derby, Gladstone PCYC Roller Derby, Perth Mens Derby, Team Regional Victoria, Toowoomba, City Rollers, Western Sydney Rollers, Westside Derby Dollz and URDP’s Pot luck team – The Mystery Rollers
URDP has now become Australia’s largest MIXED roller derby tournament, with high interest from New Zealand teams for 2018.