Nova Scotia Sees A Surge In Women Skateboarding Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic



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Nova Scotia’s South Shore is not a name that usually reminds people of a skateboard and especially a thriving skateboard. However, recent times have shown that there has been a new surge in women and girls who are readily participating in the sport. The game is led by a self-proclaimed girl skate crew out of LaHave, Nova Scotia.

One of the founders of the Skate in the Slow Lane named Katie Mott said that they do this to encourage girls and that they do not wish to include everyone that includes transgender, non-binary, along with all the guys. However, she clarified that she doesn’t have any hard feelings towards the guys or any other person.

She added that their main motive is to see everyone get together and spend a really good time and also give the girls some kind of motivation to come out and try out this sport which however they might be too intimidated to do otherwise.

Skate in the Slow Lane is a fantastic grassroots initiative that originated out of LaHave where there has been a vibrant skateboard scene since the late 1990s. All of this started when a local entrepreneur opened a skateboard shop known as the Homegrown Skateboards.

The scene has expanded in recent times to include women-specific skateboard sessions and this particular growth has also contributed to elevating interest in Skateboarding, province-wide.

Mott said that its super motivating to watch the constant progress as everyone just feeds off each other’s energy.

The movement has caught the attention of 10-year-old Poppy George from Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

George who was introduced to skateboarding by her father said that during the COVID-19 pandemic she has fostered a new love for the activity and Skate in the Slow Lane motivated her to get out on her board.

She further added that it’s super fun just to cruise around as no one gets told what to do and anyone can just forget everything and simply skateboard and watch everything fade away.

As some of the pandemic restrictions have loosened up, the Skate in the Slow Lane has geared up to lead an all-girl skate tour called, She Shreds.

The goal of this initiation is to conduct different sessions held in skate parks across Nova Scotia where the girls and the women of all ages can step out and experience the activity.

Mott further says that the skill of all levels is welcome as the basic aim is to empower the girls and the women to try out something new.

Mott stated that people nowadays are a lot more accepting than anyone could think if they just have enough confidence to go out there with a good attitude and that they are always into having new people to show up and skate along with them.


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