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Queens show men what roller derby is about

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: October 30, 2009

ON TRACK: Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls are the only flat track roller derby team in Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas.

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A Contact sport renowned for its fast-pace and shoving will welcome men onto the roller rink for the first time.

Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls will hold a Carnival of the Strange next month which will include the first ever public roller derby game in the UK involving men's teams.

Female skaters from around the country will also join forces to form two new teams and battle it out to be crowned Queens of the Carnival.

The American team sport is starting to thrive in the UK and involves two teams shoving, pushing and skating their way round an oval track to score points.

And Bombers team member Zoe Powell said she was excited ahead of the event on Saturday, November 21.

"Ordinarily, roller derby is a female only sport with men taking up referee roles," she said.

"But the balance is starting to equal out as men are getting more and more involved in setting up their own mini teams. We are very pleased to be able to offer them the chance to play a match in public for the first time.

"It will prove to be a fantastic day out for all, and we're hugely excited about it."

The Bombers, sponsored by rock legends Motörhead, decided to organise the carnival at the Newark Showground after playing their first match against Manchester-based Rainy City Roller Girls last month.

And part of the money raised at the event will be donated to Lincoln homeless charity The Nomad Trust.

For more details of the match, see Friday's Echo.

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