The first edition of the World Roller Games – FIRS World Championships has already begun in Nanjing with some excellent news for the Spanish delegation, with the Spanish team beating the current defenders of the rink hockey title in its first match. Natasha Lee is the captain of the women’s team and its debut match in the competition ended with a resounding 0-7 against Germany. The Spanish national team is one of the strong favourites to go down in history as the first world champion in the World Roller Games, a new competition format promoted by the FIRS that combines the World Championships of all roller sports disciplines and whose second edition will be held in Barcelona in 2019.
Natasha Lee has won every possible title, including the European Championship 2015 and World Championship 2016, and is now concentrating all her efforts into defending her title in Nanjing. “We are really looking forward to the event and have worked very hard to arrive in China in the best conditions. We are also the current world champions, so that gives us an added incentive. I don’t think starting as favourites puts extra pressure on us, because we know that the important thing is to take things one match at a time and enjoy every moment of the championship,” says Lee, who scored two of the seven goals in the match against Germany.
For the first time in history, a single event is bringing together ten Roller Sports World Championships, an idea that for Lee “is a new challenge for our sport. We are very excited because we have always wanted to be part of the Olympic Games in order to experience a large event and the World Roller Games are also a major event. We are especially excited because we can share experiences with athletes from various disciplines. It is an event that adds more value to our sport.”
The excitement will grow in two years, when the World Roller Games come to Barcelona. “We are very excited because Barcelona is a city that is committed to our sport and I believe it is a good time to host it because roller sports are becoming increasingly popular. We really want to perform well in Nanjing and be able to enjoy what I am sure will be a fantastic World Roller Games in Barcelona,” the Spanish team captain added.