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Skaters' Stories Series - Episode 14: Ellie

Updated: May 14, 2023

by Mel Blackwood

Roller Girl Gang's vision is to empower people to roller skate into their most joyful life.

Everyone has a story to tell. We want to learn more about why roller skates are so special to so many people – no matter your age, gender, race, culture or ability. We hope this series inspires you to try roller skating, because roller skating brings us so much joy!

Stories are powerful and even more so when you hear someone's story told directly by them. This project has been very humbling. The very personal things that folks have chosen to share are gifts. You'll see!


Episode 14: Ellie

Ellie (she/her) openly shares her mental health struggles in this story and how roller skating saved her, but also how she came to realise it was also a tool she was using for self harm. Stepping away from roller skating for the first time in years was really difficult, and she shares her journey through having to watch from afar, what it feels like and more. The FOMO is real, however, Ellie is undaunted, choosing to view this as an opportunity rather than a setback.

Ellie says "I've had to step away from skating, which was scary, but I am quite excited to get back out there and see where people have come. Have they broke through that stall? Are there new people? I don't know, but I am genuinely excited!"

Follow their journey on Instagram @twirlygirlskates

Did this conversation leave you feeling inspired? Would you view forced time off roller skates (aka an injury) as an opportunity for something else? Let us know in the comments.

Support us by liking and sharing the video, buying roller skates and accessories or attending our classes. This helps us raise money that we can re-invest into the skate community.

Our mission is to create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where all skaters can come to shop, learn and share their love of roller skating with others. We strive to be a valuable resource and safe space for the roller skate community and beyond; to contribute to its growth and success.

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