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Lisa McMaster included in first ever Great Britain dodgeball squad for the Atlantic Cup in Manchester

She may not yet have finished playing just her third season of dodgeball, but Newmarket-based Lisa McMaster is now preparing to represent the first ever Team GB squad at the inaugural Atlantic Cup in Manchester next month.

It has been a rapid rise for McMaster, who upon taking up the sport during the 2016/17 campaign, had to play for Newmarket side Ultimate Dodge’s men’s outfit due to a lack of female teams in the area.

Since then she has spearheaded East Anglian Valkyries’ recent success – both as a player and a coach – as well as being captain of the Scotland Women’s team.

Lisa McMaster, Newmarket dodgeball player (8057174)
Lisa McMaster, Newmarket dodgeball player (8057174)

And now her attention is switching to further international honours, with McMaster and her British team-mates set to take on Austria, Canada at the USA at the Platt Lane Sports Complex on Saturday, April 20.

“It is incredible. I never expected to be in this position but it is a real honour,” she said.

“To play alongside the best players in Britain after only playing the sport for three years feel likes an incredible achievement.

“There is so much talent in the sport, particularly in England, so to be put in that bracket – the top 16 players – is a great feeling.

“It all came from nothing. I went to a fun session in Newmarket and it has gone from there.

“There was only five of us at the first training session I went to but it was fun and great to try something else.

“I got selected by Scotland and it has built from there really – every year has been better and better.”

While McMaster has only ever previously played cloth dodgeball, she has been selected for the British foam dodgeball side.

The Scot had never held a foam dodgeball until the trials in February, but she is relishing the challenge.

“I play cloth right now but I have been selected for foam dodgeball, which is a bit different. There are different rules and it is six-ball dodgeball,” she added.

“So while it is great to be representing Team GB, I will also be learning a new skill and having to get my head around new tactics. It is a great learning curve and a massive challenge, but that is a good thing.

“The first time I tried foam was the first trial in February. I had never held a cloth ball before that or event attempted to throw one.

“Ever since then I have seen how good it is. It is completely different to what I have played before and there is a lot to learn, but I am more than happy to give it a go.”

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