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Roller derby set to target next generation

DANIELLE Mouton loves roller derby, and she's going to pass on her knowledge to the younger generation of Gladstone.

The 28-year-old is this week's Girl Friday, and she enjoys everything about Gladstone.

"I have lived here for six years now. I moved here from Agnes Water so I'm fairly local," she said.

"I really love Gladstone. I think it's starting to get its footing and it's only got good places to go from here."

Danielle has been involved in Gladstone PCYC Roller Derby for four years. Her Derby name is Menace.

"I had no idea how to skate and I turned up one day thinking it was an awesome idea," she said.

"The sport itself is aggressive but fun at the same time."

Danielle said she treasured the friendships formed at roller derby, friends she would have for life.

The New Zealand-born woman works at the Gladstone Regional Council.

"I have worked there for nine years. I'm a compliance administration officer and I love the office environment," she said.

Danielle admits she doesn't get much down time, but when she does she takes her dogs to the beach and hangs out with her partner.

Her next mission is putting Gladstone on the map for holding their own roller derby competitions.

"We also want to start junior roller derby soon. We are going to run that and get PCYC onboard as well," Danielle said.

"It will be for six to 17 year-olds. It will be really cute."

Junior Roller Derby is set to start running in early 2015 for all those youngsters interested.

An all-ages roller disco is on tonight from 6.30pm at the PCYC. The next Hustlers roller derby bout will be held on November 8.

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