Learn To Skate Stories: Ellie Spider

Tiger Bay’s next Learn to Skate course is starting Thursday March 14th, and we’d love for you to join us! We’ve asked skaters that have joined us via our Learn to Skate sessions to share their insights with you, and tell you why you should sign up today and start enjoying life on eight wheels. Ellie Spider shares her story with us here:


“In early 2017 I plucked up the courage to go to my first Learn to Skate session, and I’m not going to lie, I felt so far outside my comfort zone that I may as well have been on the moon – prior to this, my main form of exercise was walking from the sofa to the kitchen for snacks! Despite that, I managed to get upright on my skates on my first try, and was coached to skate a few laps. I discovered that skating was really fun, even though my whole body hurt the next day! Over the next few months of learning to skate, I made new friends, got stronger (meaning my legs didn’t hurt so much after training any more), and found myself really enjoying skating.



I’ve now passed most of the minimum skills required to play roller derby, and joined the main league training sessions. It hasn’t been easy to learn how to skate, but the feeling you get when you nail a new skill is so amazing! Everyone wants to help you, and push you to get better. Since starting skating, I would say that my fitness has improved massively – I actually want to exercise now, in order to improve my stamina for skating, and learn new skills. Physically I have toned up, and gotten a lot stronger – it’s even helped me with my diabetic control, as the increased exercise has helped keep my glucose levels down. I’m also a lot more confident, and more willing to try new things.


Before starting LTS I was apprehensive because I had never skated before. I worried that I might be too fat, too unfit, or just too old to do it. Now I know that being bigger can be a bonus, as you take up more space and are harder to get past on the track! Physical fitness can always be improved on, and age doesn’t matter – in fact there are people older than me absolutely killing it on the A team! I would tell anyone thinking about learning to skate to just give it a try – give yourself a couple of months to get used to it, because there will be times when you struggle, or when you think, ‘I can’t do this, I’m not good enough, I’m too big, too small, too old, too weak, etc.,’ but if I can do it then anyone can!”


For more information on joining our course, please visit http://brawlers.co.uk/learn-to-skate-with-tiger-bay/ and join our facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1003444216514713/

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