The first-ever central coast festival dedicated to all things roller skating was held in October.
An initiative of RollerFit founder and local trainer, Stacey Short, Skate Fest was an inclusive and supportive weekend filled with activities to help Central Coast residents discover the joy of roller skating.
A force of nature on four wheels since the age of 4, what started as a lovely mother-daughter skating journey for Short quickly became a lifelong passion. Competing as a figure skater nationally and nationally, a fascination with “the feel of the ride” kept Short on the skates well into adulthood.
Inspired to share her love of skating with the world, she founded RollerFit Sydney in 2011. Combining learning the basics of skating with fun and fitness, RollerFit has since grown into a national program under the Skate Australia banner, SkateFit.
Incorporating learn-to-skate sessions with more advanced classes such as roller dance and ramp sessions and a good old fashioned roller disco, Skate Fest took place October 25-29 at the skate parks of Bateau Bay and Tuggerah, with Short bringing together some of Australia’s top skaters to lead the event.
About 100 skaters participated in the three-day festival, which Short said she hopes to expand in the future.
Source: Website, October 29 Stacey Short, Central Coast Skate Fest Dilon Luke, journalist