Roller derby to be held in memory of keen skater Louise Wright this weekend

Ten years ago, keen roller skater Louise Wright was tragically killed after she was crushed under a lorry whilst cycling to work in the city centre. The 29-year-old, from Mapperley, was rushed to Queen's Medical Centre following the incident in July 2014, but was sadly pronounced dead later that day.

The lorry driver was later found guilty of causing death by careless driving. Each year since her death, the Nottingham Roller Girls, as well as Louise's team and other skaters, have gathered for the Louisey Rider Cup and raise money for Brake, a road safety charity.

Louise had been a star player for Nottingham Roller Derby and the team honours her legacy each year through the event. More than £20,000 has been raised since the event started in 2016, and this year hopes to raise another £5,000 as the popular derby tournament returns to the Harvey Hadden Sports Village this weekend, on Saturday, June 15.

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Organiser of the tournament, Ruth Gentle, said: "The Louisey Rider Cup has been set up with three simple goals. To host the biggest roller derby tournament in Europe, to make the game accessible to as many spectators and players as possible and to raise money for Brake."

The main part of the day is the rollerskating, which will see hundreds of participants from across the UK divided into teams and the players racing around the course to let their own teammates through whilst blocking the others. In addition to the rollerskating, there will also be a range of side games and stalls for all ages and abilities to make it a fun day for the whole family.

The event will start at 9:45am and promises to be a day full of fun, with costumes and glitter. The profit of the event will go directly to Brake to support the charity's vital work in road safety and helping victim's families.

Those under 16 can take part in the day for free, whereas adult tickets cost £7 on the door or £5.35 if purchased in advance.

Nottinghamshire Live previously reported in September 2016 that Judge Jonathan Bennett handed Adam Haywood, then of Whitwell, Worksop, and at the time 31 years old, an eight-month jail term, suspended for two years, after a jury found him guilty of causing her death by careless driving.