The Bont Invitational, presented by Bont with the support of Newcastle Roller Derby League, Sydney Roller Derby League and Roller Derby Australia makes its debut as a three day Roller Derby tournament at The Newcastle Entertainment Centre. The tournament competition is showcased across 2 tracks bringing together teams from New Zealand, Finland and USA to battle it out against home grown talent from all across Australia. While 2 dedicated boot camp tracks will feature world renowned skaters and coaches Tracey Disco Akers and Scald Eagle from USA, Mr. Furieux from France, Stefanie Maniey from London and Tui Lyon and ShortStop from Australia. With twelve Women’s teams and two Men’s teams The Bont Invitational atmosphere is bound to electric!

The Bont Invitational is not a knock out competition with one overall champion but rather a battle to see which team performs the strongest overall. Our aim behind this competition format was to offer participating teams the opportunity to compete in Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) sanctioned, mock sanctioned and regulation games. Participation in the tournament is giving Australian teams a place to meet WFTDA apprenticeship requirements, establish a ranking that will go towards their eligibility to one day participate in the WFTDA Championships and to play WFTDA ranked international teams.

“The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 302 WFTDA member leagues and 69 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program.”

The event facilities are located just 6 minutes from the bustling metropolitan of Newcastle city centre with numerous accommodation options, beaches and sprawling views offering a unique summer holiday experience for participating skaters and spectators.

For more information on the bootcamp side of the event, head over HERE.

EVENT: The Bont Invitational
DATE: 9 - 11 January, 2015
LOCATION: Newcastle, New South Wales