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 15: Rhianna
I had the pleasure of meeting Rhianna (she/her) at the start of her roller skate journey in Leeds. Like many people, she came to roller skating, looking for a leisure activity that allowed her to make friends and stay active. The friendships that we have seen blossom during the sessions and beyond are truly wonderful. Today and every day, I am grateful for the opportunities roller skating can provide.
Rhianna says "It feels like such a big step mentally to decide you want to learn to roller skate and then do something about it. Ever since then, I have probably been every week I can go and I've loved every minute of it. Yes, I am probably still the clumsiest person I know - I fall over on flat ground - and every minute feels amazing!"
Follow her journey on Instagram @rhiannadoeslife
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