Scald Eagle (left) and Brawn Swanson at 2015 WFTDA Championships.
Photo courtesy of Danny Ngan Photography.

DENVER (March 17, 2017) — Denver Roller Derby heads into the 2017 season of international competition with a newly enhanced roster, featuring two of the biggest names in roller derby — two-time Women’s Flat Track Derby Association champions Scald Eagle and Brawn Swanson.

The sisters helped the Rose City Rollers (Portland, Ore.) to back-to-back WFTDA championships in 2015 and 2016. Along the way, they racked up too many individual honors and scoring statistics to list. Now they’re headed to the Mile High Club — Denver’s WFTDA Charter team — to boost a perennial top-10 team known for its stifling defense.

“We’re excited to have players of this caliber join us,” said Tim “Dirt Monkey” Burns, head coach of the Mile High Club. “We believe that Eagle’s many years of high-level jamming will give her a good shot at breaking into our lineup as a blocker. With a little time and patience, we hope she’ll become one of our top defensive leaders on the track.”

Denver’s made a name for itself over the years as an innovator on the defensive side of the game, with many strategies now in common use throughout roller derby having first been developed right here in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Scald Eagle has spent her career as one of the top jammers in the sport, giving her the perspective needed to be an effective part of Denver’s vaunted walls and defensive schemes.

“Eagle’s worked hard to get where she is, without a doubt,” said Disco Akers, one of the top blockers in roller derby and Co-Captain of the Mile High Club. “We think it’s the right time for her to take the next natural step in her derby career, and that’s to join us as a blocker.”

Eagle is set to hit the track with the Mile High Club for their first games of the season in April, alongside Swanson, the newest addition to Denver’s jammer rotation.


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