The UKRDA Board of Directors welcomes the letters from the WFTDA and MRDA to FIRS and the IOC, published publicly today (full copies of the letters, with an accompanying statement can be viewed on the WFTDA website).
These letters reasserted the position that the WFTDA is the governing body for roller derby and rejecting claims by FIRS or any other organisation which makes the same claim, with MRDA offering a statement of support.
The UKRDA, in accordance with its members’ wishes, has long aligned itself with both organisations, as our membership feels they embody the fundamental belief that roller derby should be run by its participants and not external bodies.
We agree that to allow FIRS to become the internationally recognised representative body for roller derby will have a detrimental impact on our sport, as it will not allow us to retain our autonomy and independence. We feel it is important that the feelings of roller derby skaters, officials and organisers regarding this situation are shared with the IOC.
Although the UKRDA is a member of the British Roller Sports Federation (BRSF), which is in turn a member of FIRS, we have repeated our assertion that we do not recognise FIRS as an authority over roller derby, and we have refused to pay FIRS membership dues. Our continued membership in the BRSF ensures access to UK-based authorities such as Sport England, Sport Scotland and Sport Wales, which can and do support our members in a variety of ways, including funding.
We will continue to support both WFTDA and MRDA as long as our members feel that they are upholding this core belief.
If anyone has any questions about this, your UKRDA reps can post on the UKRDA forum or the directors can be emailed at email@example.com.