Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:23

Two Redneck Betties make Team Saskatchewan

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Jinger Vitis (right) in action last June. Jinger Vitis (right) in action last June.

Two members of the Redneck Betties will be working double duty, competing with both the local team as well as with Team Sask.

The newly-formed Team Sask is the first-ever provincial derby team, and both Nikki "Crash Vegas" Cherrington and Stephanie "Jinger Vitis" St. Cyr are thrilled to be a part of this historical group.
“It’s pretty overwhelming, and exciting,” admitted St. Cyr. “There are really tons of emotions that come with it, but I'm more stoked than anything, and I feel super honored to be chosen to be a part of the first ever Saskatchewan team.”
Cherrington is excited as well, but looking at tightening up her training routine to compete at a new level. Although the team works hard with trainer Andy Schneider, Cherrington is hoping to kick it up a couple notches to be the best she can.
“I might be the older girls on the team, and when I tried out, I realized my footwork maybe wasn't as good as it should be, so I started working on that right away,” she said. “Even in just the last two weeks, it's really improved, and I am feeling pretty good.”
Although the new team hasn't gotten together for a practice yet, their first game is already scheduled for April 20 in Moose Jaw. The weekend will feature a full lineup of derby events, including a boot camp, junior and rookie games, and the Team Sask game against a team from Red Deer.
“Quite a few of their players are actually from Team Canada, so I am really excited to play against that calibre of roller derby,” Cherrington added. “I love the challenge, and it can only help me get better. They are in the top five in Canada for rankings as well, so it should be a really good game and a good weekend.”
While both Betties are looking forward to competing with their new team, they are also focusing on working with their local teammates, as well. The Redneck Betties remain a priority for both Cherrington and St. Cyr.
“It was kind of a bittersweet moment, that we made it and other girls hadn't, and I was just hoping they wouldn't feel like we were being disloyal to the Betties because that is definitely our first priority,” said Cherrington. “It's hard, when your province or country says they need you, you just have to go and hope everyone else understands. I'm prepared to do whatever I need to so that I can do both.”
“There is always that home-base priority, and it will be really difficult to adjust to having new girls to play with, but we have to do what's best for us and what will take us to the next level,” added St. Cyr. “That's what I've been working towards. I'm a really competitive person, I love pushing myself and seeing how far I can go, and this was one of my goals when I started out this season. I need to work my butt off to stay on this team and help make us the best team in Canada.”

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