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Prince George roller derby duo joins national junior team for social distancing challenge

Tundra, Lightning McMean getting in some (online) practice time

More Prince George athletes have taken advantage of social media in demonstrating proper physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roller Derby is one of the latest to join the #SocialDistance4theWin challenge among other sports, like hockey and baseball, and a pair of local ‘brats’ helped pass along an essential item from one side of the country to the other.

Dael King-Smith and Taylor Robinson, known as Tundra and Lightning McMean, were two of the final players to toss a roll of toilet paper between their 2020 Canadian national junior teammates and coaches, each one doing so in unique fashion that involves roller derby or general athleticism.

In the video, a player from Nanaimo sends out an S.O.S. for running out of the product, prompting another in New Brunswick to lend a hand.

The roll eventually makes its way through Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta before landing in northern B.C.

Tundra kicks up the toilet paper and hikes it to Lightning McMean for a brief juggling session.

While athletes are missing the chance to be with each other and practice for big events, like the Junior Roller Derby World Cup, the point of #SocialDistance4theWin is to keep team’s connected and encourage others to maintain physical distance in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Tundra and Lightning McMean were selected among 40 total skaters for Canada’s national junior roller derby team in November last year, set to compete in the co-ed and all-female divisions respectively.

The teenagers regularly roll with the Spruce City Roller Brats in Prince George.

While the governing body for international junior roller derby has freezed all sanctioned play due to COVID-19 as of April 2, the 2020 World Cup is still a go for August in Regina, Sask.