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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets, presenters,

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and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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The most important thing about any Blue Peter challenge is preparation.

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You've got to know what you're doing,

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and you need the right equipment.

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So when I was told I was taking on roller derby,

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I knew exactly what was needed.

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My snazzy hair rollers.

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Oh, no.

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I've completely got this wrong.

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Roller derby is actually a fast-paced,

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frenetic sport on roller skates.

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Created in America way back in the 1930s,

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it involves players trying to lap each other round the track.

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And it's now becoming popular here.

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So I'm going to give it a go.

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And Emma from the Leeds Roller Dolls is going to help me.

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Or should I call her Tricksy?

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Tricksy, where's that from?

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It's cos I mess around on track, and everybody gets their own name in

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-roller derby.

-And do I need to make my own name up for this?

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That would be great if you could, I'm sure the girls will help you.

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OK, that's definitely happening.

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Tricksy has arranged for me to train with the girls' junior team.

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But how do you play roller derby?

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Well, two teams of five people go head-to-head on track.

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They're made up of blockers and jammers.

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Here, the blockers are trying to stop the jammer scoring points by

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skating past them. Staying within the orange lines of the track,

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the jammer has to try and complete a lap.

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And they score points for every person they skate past.

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I've seen how points are scored,

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but I've never seen how you stop people from scoring.

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How do you do that?

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Well, what you have to do is use your body to stop them.

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What we'll be doing today is positional blocking,

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which means I can move in front of you and things,

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but I can't throw a hit into you.

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Do I need any equipment?

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Yes, you need a couple of bits.

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-Two wrist guards.

-Yeah, of course, yeah.

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-Thank you.

-Elbows.

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-For falling.

-Yeah, elbows. Yeah...

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-Kneepads.

-And...

-For falling.

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Skates. Probably for falling.

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And a helmet.

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-For your head.

-Right, OK.

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Thanks, Tricksy. Better get my skates on.

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Ha!

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And now I've got my gear on, I've come up with my name.

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Let me introduce you to R...

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Radical Radzi.

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Ahem.

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Roller derby is a sport that both boys and girls can play,

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but it does help if you can roller skate.

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So I'm going to have a go at some training drills.

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If you're going to play roller derby,

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you need to be able to do our obstacle course.

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-An obstacle course?

-Show him, girls.

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What, that? Looks easy.

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OK, it turns out it's not that easy.

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It's fine.

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The next thing we need you to be good at for roller derby is speed.

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-OK.

-I was thinking a game of tag?

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Amazing, I love tag.

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OK, bring in the girls.

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What, more?

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# Here come the girls

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# Here come the girls. #

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The aim of this exercise is to try and grab a coloured bib.

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It should get me used to quickly changing direction on skates.

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I'm not very good at this.

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But then...

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Oh! We got a bib!

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Tricksy, you've put me through my paces,

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am I ready to hold my own against these girls?

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Absolutely not.

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OK, I've read between the lines, and I'm going to give it a go anyway.

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Wish me lots of...

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Here we go. One 30-minute game of roller derby.

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I'm going to be the jammer, so it's up to me to skate past the blockers,

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get around the track, and overtake the other team to score points.

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Ha! Doddle.

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Getting past those blockers and staying within the orange line

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limits of the track is actually really hard.

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Every time I go outside of the track...

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Oh, no! ..it's a foul.

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And although I'm a beginner...

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this youth team aren't going easy on me.

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I've scored...

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no points.

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The only way I'm going to get past is with a little trick.

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Your shoelaces are undone.

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I can't believe it worked!

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I've made it past the blockers.

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Now all I need to do is try and get round the track

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and lap the other team to score some points.

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But once again,

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my skating skills let me down

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and I go outside of the orange lines.

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At least it's progress.

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Maybe I can actually score points.

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I just need to stay on the track.

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I'm getting the hang of this, just about.

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It's amazing what you learn with...

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-Blue Peter?

-Yes?

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Just to inform you, you've just got seven penalties.

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-OK.

-That means you've fouled out, so if you'd like to

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-remove your skates and return to your bench area?

-What?

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I'm off.

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I have left the track so many times, I'm out.

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It just goes to show how tough this sport is.

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And although I've absolutely loved having a go at roller derby,

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I'm not sure my team is going to miss Radical Radzi.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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Radzi puts his skates on and tries his hand at the increasingly popular sport of roller derby with a junior team from Leeds.


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