Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge - Norfolk friends both selected for England national dodgeball squad

Lauren Hems (left) and Holly Edmonds (right) are both in the England Lions Women's Dodgeball squad a

Lauren Hems (left) and Holly Edmonds (right) are both in the England Lions Women's Dodgeball squad and will be competing in the first Dodgeball World Cup in Manchester. Picture: Mark Bullimore

It is a sport that found fame in the 2004 film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

Lauren Hems (left) and Holly Edmonds (right) are both in the England Lions Women's Dodgeball squad a

Lauren Hems (left) and Holly Edmonds (right) are both in the England Lions Women's Dodgeball squad and will be competing in the first Dodgeball World Cup in Manchester. Picture: Mark Bullimore

And now two women from north Norfolk will be taking to the stage as they compete with the England Lions women dodgeball squad.

Holly Edmonds and Lauren Hems, both 18 from Briston, have been selected to represent the country this weekend in the World Cup.

The duo, who attend Reepham College, both started playing aged 12 after they were encouraged by one of their PE teachers, Mrs Lake, who used to be involved with the England Dodgeball management.

They also play for Reepham Raidettes, captained by Lauren, who are in the Dodgeball National League.


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Lauren's father, Steve Hems, 47, said: 'I'm very proud; they have worked very hard over the last few years in terms of going to training and competing with their club. I'm looking forward to attending.

'It's also very new; it's a different ball game now. There are normally three balls but the new rules use five. It's been a lot of hard work, dodgeball is a sport where people get their knowledge from the film with Ben Stiller.'

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Before Dodgeball Holly and Lauren played football and had been in the Norwich City girls' centre of excellence.

Lauren said: 'I was very excited when I got the phone call, it came while I was at a training session and my friend Holly was there.

'I got the phone call first and I was ready for Holly to get it too. I didn't think I was going to start with one of the biggest competitions.'

Holly added: 'I was so relieved and happy when I got the phone call, lots of hours of training has definitely paid off.

'I'm currently at the highest level I can but I hope to continue and go far.'

The World Cup will see teams from around the world competing under new unified rules, instead of playing with three balls, they will play with five.

Lauren and Holly will be heading to Manchester this weekend to compete with the squad.

Have you been selected for an international team? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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