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Skate star shows others how to shine

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Drop in to Bay Skate and you’ll probably see Sophee Hills carving up the skate park or helping others to get rolling and fall in love with skating just like her!

Most likely she’s in tutor and mentor mode at the helm of her initiative Shred Sessions designed for female and enby teens aged 12-18. The essence of Shred Sessions is all things self-expression: playfulness, wellbeing and unstructured fun. It’s a free skateboarding programme primarily for beginners or those at the ‘trial and error, fear of falling’ stage of their skate journey.

Shred Sessions came about through the growth of Bay Skate’s ‘Girls Skate Free’ nights, and national insights on providing active rec opportunities for girls. Sophee says community and connection are key to developing confident young skaters. “The goal is to promote skating as accessible, whanaungatanga-filled fun that fits around young people’s busy lives and provides a life-long enjoyment of physical activity.”

Over a 10-week pilot programme funded by Tū Manawa, Sophee will support skill development at each participant’s own pace.

Shred Sessions happen three times a week at Bay Skate:
Thursdays 5pm-7pm,
Saturdays 10am-12pm,
Sundays 12pm-2pm.

18 September 2022

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