One sports kit 'must include fishnet tights'

Published: 12th February 2010

An emerging sport in New Zealand has proved that women's contact sports are alive and well in the country and requires nothing short of roller skates, elbow pads and fishnet stockings.

The sport of roller derby is getting much bigger in the island nation, with the all-female warriors in tights forming several clubs around the country, including the Mountain City Rollers, the Taraniki Daily News revealed.

It detailed how the team was founded six months ago by Sarah-Kate Thompson - known as Monster Mama on the track - as well as Andrea Bryan (the Medicator), Kathryn Griffin (El Alamein) and Kylie Williams-Woods (Something Wicked).

There are now around 40 people on the team - enough to have two full teams for the sport.

Roller derbies involve formation roller skating around an oval track and points are scored as certain players lap members of the opposing team while teammates - called jammers - try to stop them.

The sport of roller derby featured in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It, which featured actresses including herself, Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis and Zoe Bell.

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