WATERFORD’S roller derby stars, the Viqueens, are on the attack and dressed for battle with help from National Lottery Good Causes funding.
Viqueens received a grant of €2,000 from the National Lottery through the Sports Council and are putting their new armour to good use.
It’s a physical game, with players hitting members of the opposition with their shoulders, hips and full-on body slams or positionally blocking them with their bodies, so being well-clad means being well prepared.
“The funding has been used to buy home and away jerseys for our members, as well as spares,” said team member Lisa Marie Diamond.
Founded in 2011, the Viqueens play flat-track roller derby, which is a full-contact sport played on quad roller skates around an oval track.
Roller Derby is not just for women. It endeavours to be as inclusive as possible, welcoming people of all shapes, ages, fitness levels, sexual orientations and gender identities to join.
Viqueens are currently recruiting people over the age of 18 as skaters, referees (this is an on-skates role) and non-skating officials.