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Liverpool Girl Skaters was started by Steff Norton two years ago, because at the time she noticed she rarely saw female skaters in Liverpool and Wirral.
Now there are more than ever and LGS holds regular meet-ups at skate parks in New Bird Street in the Baltic Triangle, Burrows DIY in Wirral and Ramp1 in Warrington for all ages and abilities. The group also has its own products with ‘Sisters of Mersey Grit’ artwork and an LGS T-shirt created for International Women’s Day.
With a big summer of outdoor skating coming up, The Guide spoke to Steff to find out more about Liverpool Girl Skaters and why the once male-dominated sport of skateboarding’s gaining a whole new following …
I started the Liverpool girl skate community back in January 2020 after attending the Manchester girls skate night. I wanted to inspire more females to try it out and there was a push for me to get the skateboarding community together in the Liverpool/Wirral area through events and show more diversity in the sport. My friend Hayley was a great support with it all and we were a couple of the only female skaters in the area at the time, with great inspiration from the original female skaters in Liverpool, Lily and Dina.
I’m originally from The Wirral. I’ve lived in Leeds, China and travelled around New Zealand before coming back to the area to do a primary teaching degree at university. After a year of teaching during the pandemic, I realised it wasn’t for me and now manager a coffee shop on the Wirral. It’s great being back in the area where I’ve grown up and seeing how much the city has grown. Liverpool is such a creative and inspiring city to be in, which definitely filters into the skate scene.
I’ve been skating a couple of years now. I always wanted to skate when I was younger, but it wasn’t an opportunity then. It was when I got a skateboard in New Zealand I got a taste for it. When I came back, I threw myself into skating a lot more and met some amazing people through it. It has helped a lot with my mental health and being able to be outside as much as possible.
It took a little time for me to get into it, mainly because I was moving around but when I saw the Manchester female skate community and meeting like-minded people, that’s when I got into skating a lot more, and seeing my progress. It helped a lot with my confidence in other areas of my life as well. Skating is so good for your mind. You need to concentrate on what you’re doing, otherwise you’ll not make the trick or fall. It’s really mindful and it makes you want to push yourself again and again.
When I started the Instagram page, I mainly just wanted to support the female community in the North West. I had no expectations of how much it would grow. Working within the community has been great, for example setting up two events with Chapters of Us near the Baltic and the mental health charity – The Ben Raemers Foundation. The events have people from all backgrounds attending and bringing the community together.
I feel the Liverpool community is pretty inclusive in recent years. It’s a lot about changing perceptions on skating – you can be any gender, any race, any sexuality to skate. You can be who you want to be.
I hope it helps a lot of people to build up their confidence and to constantly evolve. I hope to grow the community for everyone who identifies as female and non-binary, helping with skateboarding lessons for all ages and to introduce it as an activity, along with working with other female skate pages for example Board Babes in Manchester.
Give it a go. It will bring so much more to your day-to-day life than you could think. The community helps to empower others. Push through the fear and try it out. It’s a great way to help release the ‘inner child’ and to really enjoy life.
By Dawn Collinson
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