Thoraia Abou Bakr | Daily news Egypt
Cairollers are dreaming big; as the sole roller derby team in Egypt, they do not want to simply keep practicing but they want to turn it into a legitimate sport. “We want to grow a league of skate teams in Cairo. Logistically, that means 60-70 skaters, venues, positive publicity, and lots of shoving and hitting!” Bickham said.
In addition to the cofounders, the Cairoller team has attracted other enthusiasts. “We were quickly joined by a core team of dedicated women,” Bickham said. The team includes Susan Nour, head of public relations; Katreen Gaddis, treasurer and venue coordinator; Dave Brown, coach; and Mohamed Scairon, manager and referee. “Our family is still growing.”
On their website Cairollers claim that the sport empowers women and we were curious as to how. “Empowerment comes from within. Putting on skates and pads does not magically materialise a quality that was not already there.
However, it can allow a woman to express a very real part of herself that may not have been acceptable in her normal, everyday world. In derby, you can hit others, be heavy-set, wear tall, colorful socks, and push other girls into each other. And it is all very okay, very normal,” Bickham explained.