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 7: Kim
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!
Kim (he/him) said he started skating in 1978, took a break to race bikes for 25 years and now, aged 62, rhythm skating is his preferred style. Kim's story is so much fun! He covers a lot - all the times skating has been part of his life and where he travels to skate. Shoutout Birmingham! During lockdown, Kim also supported his local community at Ipswich waterfront. Bring the music and the skaters will come!
Follow his journey on Instagram @kimkrazynice
"I've always been active, so I'm probably more active than your average 62 year old. My range of movement is slowly decreasing though and the punch and power is slowly going - getting down and punching back up. But you adapt and do what you can do. And I don't really mind about that because I'm here for the people too."
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