“Feminist on the Court” is a bimonthly column giving voice to a variety of women, trans, and/or femme players (and those that support them) from around the world. This unscheduled post is brought to you by Sarah Danya in light of current events. If you’d like to tell us your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, the internet exploded as the NY Supreme Court ruled that Kesha was obliged to fulfill her six album record deal with Kemosabe Records, the label of her alleged rapist and abuser Dr. Luke. What happens to women when we are bound to communities that hurt us? The whole world now knows that Kesha is forced to choose between protecting herself and pursuing a career she is (presumably) very passionate about.
Bike polo is a small enough community that when assault happens- and it does, though it’s almost never spoken about publicly- we force the same choice without any lawsuits binding us together. There are no easy solutions, and I’m no crisis counselor, but I think it could help to start a conversation. So below I will describe the two times I was assaulted, both times by polo players, once as a rookie and once relatively recently. Commentary will follow after the row of X’s if you’d like to skip that bit.
A month ago today we were down in Timaru, New Zealand basking in the beautiful and powerful opening ceremony to the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship, thanks to Timaru Bike Polo and the Maori community. There were 36 teams sizing each other up on the court, as well as thousands of people either watching at that moment or gearing up to tune to the hot action online. Little did anyone know that what would come would be the best World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship to date, for both players and spectators.
While this post we will not get into what Timaru Bike Polo did to make it stand out from the previous world championships (this post will come), instead we wanted stress the importance of finding the host of the next WHBPC as soon as possible.
“Feminist on the Court” is a new monthly column giving a voice to a variety of women, trans, and/or femme players (and those that support them) from around the world. This month an anonymous writer explores the link between cultural sexism and women’s success on the court. If you’d like to tell us your story, email email@example.com.
You might not realize it’s happening, but sexism in polo is making it next-to-impossible for women to succeed in your club – here’s how it works and what you can do about it…
My love for bike polo is massive; I have never met a bunch of people who I clicked with so immediately. The game itself is ridiculously fun and I know that however long I play for I still won’t have mastered it.
However, lately I have been having serious thoughts that it is time for me to take a complete step back from the sport. Which is crazy. I love bike polo. But here’s the problem: the thing I love most about polo is improving, and I am starting to feel like there is something that is stopping me from doing that; something out of my power to change. So, what’s up? Why am I feeling this way?
Fixcraft has defined, and is defining, our sport’s future
Editorial by Crusher
I can’t say that I’ve ever bumped into a player who doesn’t appreciate Fixcraft. I mean, there are other great people putting out other great products—I’ve been on a Goodhead kick for a while now, but none of them have the fan base, bleeding edge, or ability to quick-turn a project that Fixcraft does. With the release of their quick connect system and standardization of bike polo equipment, Sean Ingram has solidified himself as an immensely important—if not the most important—element in the growth of the sport.
But it’s kinda boring (and furthermore, requires research and proof) to talk about how Ingram and Fixcraft got us to where we are. It’s more important and easier to philosophize if we look to where they are trying to take us, if we’re smart enough to help them do it.
This is just a reminder that for everyone in North America, that Timaru, New Zealand is a day ahead of us. Time zones are tricky, but yes, when it is January 20th at 7:00 pm PST here in Portland, it is January 21st at 4:00 pm in Timaru, New Zealand. What this boils down to is that while the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is taking place on 4th, 5th, and 6th of February, here in North America it will happen on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Unfortunately this means that it will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, so NA viewership may be a little slower. Either way, you can watch the WHBPC streamed live HERE. For any more info, hit up the WHBPC website HERE!
Also, check out these dope championship PoloPacks donated to the WHBPC by Black Star Bags.