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#ThisGirlCan Tess Tries: Skateboarding with Brighton She Shredders

#ThisGirlCan Tess Tries: Skateboarding with Brighton She Shredders

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#ThisGirlCan Sussex Ambassador Tess Agnew - aka FitBits - a Brighton-based fitness enthusiast is trying her hand at a number of new sports. She recently attended a 'She Shredders' Skateboarding session at Brighton Youth Centre.

BLOGPOST: When I was 13 I’d be down the skate park every day – grinding rails, ollying kerbs, showing the boys how it’s done on the half pipe. Behind the controls of my PlayStation I was quite the pro skater.

I never thought I’d get the chance to try it for real. Growing up in Hastings, the town was full of skaters, but all of them boys. I stuck to my BMX and kept the skating for the computer screen – too embarrassed to try it for real in case I bailed.

Nowadays, I’ve got a bit more confidence to try out new things and join new groups. My fitness blog is all about finding fun in sport and fitness, so I’m excited to represent This Girl Can and Active Sussex to help encourage more women and girls into sport.  

Brighton’s got a huge skate scene with some really fantastic facilities to play about and practice new skills – for both male and female skaters.  

She Shredders is an all-girls skaters group run by the UK No.1 female skateboarder, Lucy Adams. Every Thursday evening from 6.45-8.45pm, a friendly and close-knit group of female skaters take over the indoor skate park inside Brighton Youth Centre.

A few weeks ago I went along to have a go and now I’m hooked! Any fears and hesitation I had were soon washed away as Lucy and the girls showed me the basics. Within a couple of hours I’d learnt how to push off, turn the board, and even had a go on a couple of the smaller ramps.

Yes, I fell off once or twice – of course I did. But I got back on for another go – and you would too. She Shredders are a great bunch of girls who look after and support each other.

Since filming this video I’ve already been back again and roped a couple of friends into it! I know what’s going on my Christmas list this year!

See how I got on in the video and join She Shredders on their Facebook page!

The She Shredders sessions were originally set up with Sportivate funding through Active Sussex, led by Ricardo Magee Atxukarro - Sports Development Officer at Brighton & Hove City Council.

Tess is #ThisGirlCan Ambassador for Sussex and spreads the word about the campaign to promote sport & physical activity for women. Click here to read about why she's such a good role model.

THIS GIRL CAN is a national campaign funded by Sport England & the National Lottery.

Sponsored by Active Sussex Gold Tier Partners: Freedom Leisure & University of Chichester.

Follow more of Tess’s fitness escapades on her blog and on Twitter.

Support Brighton Youth Centre’s Crowdfunder to build a new improved indoor skatepark for She Shredders and the rest of the skating community.