On a roll for in­ter­na­tional play­offs

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

MID­DLES­BROUGH Roller Derby have reached the In­ter­na­tional play­offs in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia for the first time.

They qual­i­fied in di­vi­sion one of the event on Au­gust 18-20 as sixth seeds.

This is the first time the Teesside team has made it through to this in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, a great achieve­ment in their tenth an­niver­sary year.

Co-cap­tain Ella Storey said “We have worked re­ally hard to get to this point.

“The whole team has trained re­ally hard, and we’re hav­ing an in­cred­i­ble year, cur­rently sit­ting at the top of the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship ta­ble too!”

Co-Cap­tain Terri Su­dron added: “When you look at the other teams that have made it through this year, we’re a lit­tle team from a lit­tle town. The fact we have made it through is tes­ta­ment to the hard work of the team, the ded­i­ca­tion of the coaches, and of course, the fact that ‘Boro lasses are made of tougher stuff.”

Mark­ing its 12th year of push­ing the sport’s ath­leti­cism and com­pe­ti­tion to new heights, the In­ter­na­tional play­offs and Cham­pi­onships bring to­gether the most tal­ented, highly trained skaters and teams from Women’s Flat Track Derby As­so­ci­a­tion (WFTDA) mem­ber leagues.

Mid­dles­brough Roller Derby are now fundrais­ing. Any­one in­ter­ested can visit: www.just­giv­ing.com/ crowd­fund­ing/mid­dles­brough-rollerderby

There is also plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved with the team. There is a reg­u­lar begin­ners prac­tice on the first Wed­nes­day of each month at Es­ton Sports Academy. Find out more on their Face­book page face­book. com/mid­dles­broughRD/

CHRIS BELL

Mid­dles­brough Roller Derby in action

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