Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls

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Lincolnshire Bombers
League logo
Metro area Lincoln, England
Country United Kingdom
Founded 2008
Teams Bombshell Bruisers (travel team)
The Damebusters (B Team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Yarborough Leisure centre, Lincoln.
Grantham Meres leisure centre.
Affiliations UKRDA, WFTDA
Org. type not-for-profit
Website http://www.lincolnshire-bombers.com
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The Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls are Lincoln's first and original Roller Derby team located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Established in 2008, by She'za Payne, the team has grown rapidly, paying its first competitive season in 2009. The Bombers currently play in accordance to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules and regulations.

Description[edit]

The Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls is a non-professional team of skaters, run by the skaters themselves, with roles open to anyone in the team. Many of the teams members come into the sport with skills from administration experience, to graphic designers, artists, musicians and web designers, all pooling together to help form the team.

Lincolnshire Bombers were one of the founding members of the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association(UKRDA), with team members still involved, sitting on the current Board of the Association.

The team are often found at many events in and around Lincoln, helping the community and helping promote local businesses as well as spreading the name and sport in aid of recruitment, and travelling across the country to help fledgling teams with training ideas and skill development.

The Lincolnshire Bombers are sponsored by many local and national companies.[1]

History[edit]

Named in homage to Lincolnshire's RAF history,[2] the Lincolnshire Bombers were founded in 2008 by Emma Tremlett (She'za Payne),[3] and by late 2008 had grown to 25 members prior to starting their first season in 2009.[4] From there they continued to grow, reaching approximately 40 members by the end of 2009.[5] When they were founded, the Lincolnshire Bombers were the only flat-track roller derby team in the area.[2]

In 2009 the band Motörhead signed a two-year sponsorship agreement with the team, stating to the media: "One look at these wild women is enough to make it clear that we’re a match made in hell! These girls are so mean that if they moved in next door, not only would your lawn die, but they’d kick yer ass too!".[6] 2009 also saw the team host the Carnival of the Strange, in which a men's roller derby team competed for the first time in the UK.[7]

Great Yorkshire Showdown 2010[edit]

Lincolnshire Bombers in 2010 after the Great Northern Showdown tournament

The Lincolnshire Bombers took part in the Great Yorkshire Showdown tournament (October 2010), hosted by the Leeds Roller Dolls. Seven other teams took part in the tournament, and the Lincolnshire Bombers took out the title.[8]

WFTDA Apprentice league acceptance[edit]

In September 2011 the Lincolnshire Bombers joined a small number of UK teams accepted onto the WFTDA (Womans Flat Track Derby Association).

On 12 November 2011, the Lincolnshire Bomber Roller Girls played their first WFTDA qualifying game against visiting Sioux Falls Roller Dollz from South Dakota, USA. the game was a closed door bout, aimed at LBRG gaining valuable experience against a highly experienced American Team.

In June 2012, Lincolnshire were accepted as full members of the WFTDA.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sponsors". Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Goacher, Gemma; Hunter, Amy (29 October 2009). "Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Derby". BBC. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bomber Roller Girls whip it just like filmstar Drew". Lincolnshire Echo. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bomber girls are on a roll". Sleaford Standard. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Roller girls need new place to train". Lincolnshire Echo. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Motorhead Sponsors UK Roller Derby Team". Frantik Mag. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Queens show men what roller derby is about". Lincolnshire Echo. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls successful in Great Yorkshire Showdown". Lincolnshire Echo. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Nine Leagues Become Full WFTDA Members", WFTDA, 1 June 2012

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