AS blaring rock music fills the indoor sports arena, ten women dressed in tiny hotpants skate at breakneck speed around a track, their faces painted like warriors.

But despite the neon clothing and eye-liner, this is no roller disco.

These skaters are not dancing, they are engaged in serious competition — doing everything they can to smash each other out of the way.

This is the frantic, lively and often violent world of roller derby.

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