Roller derby to skate with Pride

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Game on . . . Dunedin Derby skaters (from left) Whip-Me-Houston (Fiona Jack), Fox-Z (Zoe Hobson), Grievous (Monica Sinclair, obscured), Slammerhead (Rebekah Gardner), Cyanide Cupcake (Annette King), and Daddy DeVito (Noelani Grandona) practise for the Dunedin Derby Pride Bout at the Edgar Centre on Tuesday. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

There will be thrills, spills and plenty of colour at a roller derby bout this weekend.

Dunedin Derby will host an exhibition bout with skaters from Queenstown Roller Derby on Sunday to raise awareness and money for Dunedin Pride.

The bout coincides with the Dunedin Pride Festival, which started yesterday and will continue until Monday.

Skaters will be mixed into two teams – the Denim Dames and the Flannel Fatales – for an hour-long game.

Skater Zoe Hobson, aka Fox-Z, said the bout was a great chance to get people “skating together and having fun” and many would be playing against their usual team-mates.

The club was run “by the skaters, for the skaters”, so often held bouts to show their support for local causes and organisations.

Dunedin Pride fitted its inclusive and diverse culture, she said.

The club was a “close-knit group” so when the idea was raised, everyone was keen to show their support.

The club has a new intake on April 11, so the bout was a great way for people to watch and see if they were interested in joining.

“People usually say it’s fun to watch.

“The great thing about derby is . . . it really is like another family.”

There will be entertainment at half time and raffles available to buy.

Spot prizes will be given to selected crowd members who dress in their “sparkliest pride-themed” costumes.

Five skaters will have their hair rainbow coloured for the match.

The bout will be held at the Edgar Centre. Entry is $5 each and all proceeds will go to Dunedin Pride. Doors open at 6pm and the first whistle is at 6.30pm.