Fast and furious roller derby proves a hit

Bicester Advertiser: Left to right: Heather Phillips, 27, Alyssa Sutton, 40, Louise Griffiths, 29, Layla Moran, 30, Hannah Emadian, 24, Felice Howden, 24, Phousa Thiraphouth, 28, Marie Hamard, 28, coach and Rachael Connelly, 42 Buy this photo Left to right: Heather Phillips, 27, Alyssa Sutton, 40, Louise Griffiths, 29, Layla Moran, 30, Hannah Emadian, 24, Felice Howden, 24, Phousa Thiraphouth, 28, Marie Hamard, 28, coach and Rachael Connelly, 42

SKATER Alyssa Sutton sped round the roller derby arena at a training session, failing to be put off the sport by an initial fall.

Ms Sutton, from Church Hanborough, was among the group of women enjoying the introductory roller derby session at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre in Pegasus Road on Saturday.

She said: “I loved it, it is just amazing.

“I loved the speed, it is a bit like skiing and it is one of the best feelings zooming along.

“I broke my thumbnail. I did it within seconds as I fell straight away.

“But it hasn’t put me off.”

Roller Derby is a full contact game on rollerskates for women.

Training sessions for women over 18 run at the leisure centre every Sunday from 7pm to 9pm and Tuesday 8pm to 9.30pm and costs £5 a session.

The first two training sessions are free.

Email oxfordshirerollerderby@hotmail.co.uk or go to oxfordrollerderby.co.uk for more details.

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