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build bonds in roller derbyBen Jemaa, a Tunisian student at the American University of Beirut, is currently both coach and manager of Beirut Roller Derby.The all-female Beirut Roller Derby team was created in March 2015 by Elizabeth Wolffhechel, with the help of Danish NGO GAME.Wolffhechel, who one skater affectionately referred to as the team's "godmother," is a Danish veteran of the sport who competed with the Copenhagen Rolling Heartbreakers team during the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup.The Women's Flat Track Derby Association describes the contact sport as being played on an oval track by two teams of up to five skaters each – four "blockers" and one "jammer". At the last practice, some 10 team members gathered at College du Sacre-Coeur in Gemmayzeh. For the Beirut Roller Derby team, they say being mostly Arab woman taking part in a non-conventional contact sport has led to significant amount of clamor, projecting an image that the skaters don't necessarily see of themselves."We have this problem with Western media trying to put us into this 'Middle East box' telling us that this team is exotic".The team insists that the link to feminism isn't their major drive to lace up their skates each week.
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