Four Sheffielders to compete in the roller derby world cup in Canada

Four talented young Sheffielders are off to Canada for the 2020 junior roller derby world cup.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 3:25 pm

The second junior roller derby world cup will be held in Regina, Canada this August when four young Sheffield Steel Junior Rollers (SSJR) have been selected to be in the Team GB squad.

The four young people competing in this full contact, fast pace sport are - Eilidh Murray-Stringer, Lola Drake, Milly Thomson and Polly Hallam.

Chairwoman of the (SSJR), Jenny Hughes said: “We're so proud to have four skaters make team GB for the world Cup. The team only started up four years ago with a handful of skaters in a sports hall that barely fitted in a track.”

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The Sheffield Steel Junior Rollers Derby Team

Although roller derby is not a major sport in Britain, it is becoming more increasingly popular with women as well as men, who have formed many mixed men and women’s teams in the sport.

Jenny said they have launched a fundraising drive to pay for the young athletes to fly to Canada.

“The whole team is really excited and they’ve been training a lot. At the minute they are focusing on training as we’ve got a lot coming up in the run up to the World Cup in the summer, ” Jenny said.

The cost of each person to go to the world cup is around £1,000 which covers flights, hotel rooms and food for the duration of the tournament.

If you would like to support the team in their world cup bid please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ssjrjuniorworldcup2020