Midlothian girls get their skates on for first roller derby bout

A Midlothian woman is on a roll after starting a new team in one of the world’s fastest growing sports – Roller Derby.

The game is a contact sport played by two teams of five, roller skating in the same direction around a track.

Lothian Derby Dolls, roller derby team.

Lothian Derby Dolls, roller derby team.

Game play consists of a series of short match-ups in which both teams designate a scoring player who scores points by lapping opponents.

The sport is currently being considered for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Susan Davidson (aka ‘Skate-tastrophy’), from Bonnyrigg, had been playing for an Edinburgh side when she decided to start her own team – Lothian Derby Dolls – who have their first ‘bout’ on Saturday at Edinburgh’s Jack Kane Centre.

Susan (35) explained: “I thought I would start a small club in Midlothian to save girls from here going to Edinburgh.

“We have 44 girls now, 33 of them from Midlothian, with new people coming regularly.

“If you enjoyed roller skating as a kid and want to get your skates on again and get fit, then this is the sport for you.

“You get the occasional bruise but the girls love to show them off! They stick them on facebook like a badge of honour!”

Lothian Derby Dolls v Central Belters at Jack Kane Sports Centre, 12.30pm, Saturday May 18, £5 entry.