Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Belinda's a New Force When She's on Skates

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Belinda's a New Force When She's on Skates

Article excerpt

MEET Belinda Morris, if you dare. By day Belinda manages a colourful cafe in Cotton Tree and whips up a mean cappuccino. But in her down time Belinda weaves her magic in a different arena a the fast-rolling, all-action, injury-inducing and exhilarating terrain of roller derby.

And in this world you don't call her Belinda. It's Dodge and Bolt, make no bones about it.

aIt's a pretty amazing transition,a the 22-year-old self-confessed derby addict said.

aI never used to wear my underwear on the outside.a

The game began as a skating exhibition in Chicago in the 1930s. After declining in popularity in the 1970s it came back with a vengeance at the turn of the century.

Played mostly by women, it has now gained a reputation for being brutal.

Derby features a ajammer'', whose aim is to lap the track faster than the rest of the team to notch up points. Then there are three ablockers'' who try to keep the other team's jammer from passing, and a apivota, who strategically coordinates the mix. …

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