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Skaters' Stories Series - Episode 4: Michelle

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

by Mel Blackwood

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

Stories are powerful and even more so when they are told by individuals. This project has been very humbling. The very personal things that folks have chosen to share are gifts. You'll see!


Episode 4: Michelle

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!

Michelle (she / her) rekindled her love for roller skating after feeling indecisive, by coming to our shop and then finding the courage to come to a session. She found a space where she could fully be herself and get over her fear of falling. Michelle is now an enthusiastic roller skater, encouraging others to try and can be found in many of the skate spaces across the wider Leeds roller skate community.

Michelle says: "It takes a good ten minutes to get your kit on and get going, so just be prepared for that. While I'm not skating as much as I'd like, I'm really proud of what I can do now. Have more fun!"

Did this conversation leave you feeling inspired? 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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