In March of 2007, seven women joined Auntie Psychotic at a coffee shop to discuss the possibility of starting a roller derby team in Columbia, SC. The sport had started making a come-back in Texas in 2004, and was gaining a steady following all over the country. Women in Columbia wanted to be a part of it. After six months of recruiting friends, practicing, and playing other teams like the Greenville Derby Dames and the Palmetto State Roller Girls, the Columbia QuadSquad made its debut at SC’s first invitational bout, affectionately dubbed “Labor Pains”. The 2008 season presented CQS with many challenges, but at the end of the year we had six wins and two losses.
On April 26, 2009, we hosted the first SC state roller derby championship here in the Capitol city. With three teams competing for the title of state champions, CQS defeated the Low Country High Rollers and the Richland County Regulators to become the state’s first official derby champions. In October 2009, with the premiere of “Whip It,” roller derby in the capitol city reached new popularity. A plethora of women joined CQS, triggering the formation of our B team, the Miss B-Havers.
On April 24, 2010, CQS once again became the SC state roller derby champions, defeating Lowcountry for the honor. CQS continued to have a successful year, and at the end of 2010, the league earned their first undefeated season.
The 2011 season proved to be the most rewarding to date: the Allstars went undefeated yet again. CQS also decided to apply to be an official WFTDA team, and became an apprentice league in April 2011. With the team rapidly expanding, the league also decided to add home teams to the CQS family. The Capitol City Vixens and the Spawn of Skatin’ were born and started playing against each other during the 2011 season. On November 13, CQS traveled to Charleston to compete against the Regulators, Lowcountry, the Sumter Fly Girls, Palmetto, and Greenville for the third SC state championship, named “Black Eye Affair.” The QuadSquad All Stars played hard and, for the third year in a row, brought home the state championship trophy.
At the end of 2011, with an influx of fresh meat and transfer skaters, we decided once again to expand our league. The Belles on Wheels joined the Spawn and Vixens in 2012 to become the third CQS home team. CQS defeated the Carolina Rollergirls in February 2012, which was a huge victory for the team. After that game, we were ranked number 25 in the Derby News Network Power Rankings. Announced a few hours before becoming a full WFTDA member, we became the second Apprentice league ever to enter the Power Rankings, after the London Rollergirls. The team celebrated both accomplishments with a “pink party,” in honor of WFTDA’s colors. In 2012, the AllStars played eleven bouts, and won eight of them. At the end of the year, CQS was ranked 14 in the East, which is a great way to start the 2013 season!
CQS is a non-profit organization. We are heavily involved in charity work all over the Midlands, including St. Baldrick’s, the American Red Cross, Transitions, the Girl Scouts, and Share Our Suzy. CQS is also involved in community events like the St. Pat’s in 5 Points parade, the Irmo Okra Strut, and SC Pride. We feel that it is important to have a positive image in the community that supports us. We take the title of role model very seriously, especially since we formed our own junior derby league in 2011. Named the Columbia QuadSquad Minis, or Silver Bulletes, this team of girls ranging in age from 10 to 17 are just as fast and hard-hitting as the adult team!
Columbia QuadSquad has come a long way since that first meeting in 2007. Our team has expanded to over 60 players from all walks of life; we have nurses, attorneys, hair dressers, teachers, full-time students, moms, and military members playing in our league. We all have a sincere passion and love for our sport. Some of our members travel over an hour just to come to practice two to three times a week! Each season our training gets more intense, so we can hit harder and skate faster. Thanks to the support of family, friends, and loyal fans, CQS can only continue to grow and improve every year!
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