Social community org Girls Skate SA brings women together through skateboarding


44 days ago

Photo Credit: Girls Skate SA

Girls Skate South Africa is a community organisation created for women and those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The organisation was founded by skater and Graphic Designer, Sharné Jacobs.

The movement started to reduce the feeling of intimidation encountered by females in a male-dominated industry,

“I wanted to see more girls at skateparks and get girls comfortable enough to skate in front of the guys.”

Sharné Jacobs, Founder and Executive Director, Girls Skate SA

Speaking to the South African, Jacobs opened up about the organisation's purpose and her own personal experience when it comes to skateboarding.

Our purpose is to assist in reducing the fear that many women experience when trying to skateboard.

Sharné Jacobs, Founder and Executive Director, Girls Skate SA

I remembered how scared I was to skate around males, while at the same time remembering how courageous I felt when there were other women to skate with. So I thought, surely I can re-create that feeling for others.

Sharné Jacobs, Founder and Executive Director, Girls Skate SA

You can read more about the organisation and their project to build more skate parks around South Africa here.

They host skate sessions all over South Africa to increase the sport amongst women, in particular, skateboarding.

Girls Skate SA creates safe spaces for women; teaching them how to skate, and provide skateboards and safety gear to do so. One of the organisation's goals is to create an overall sense of community throughout South Africa.

If you would like to join their sessions, please get in touch via Instagram, Facebook or TikTok. Girls Skate SA hosts events throughout the country, so visit their website to stay updated on sessions in your area.

You can also visit their website at www.girlsskatesouthafrica.org or drop them an e-mail for more information on info@girlsskatesouthafrica.org.

Donations will also help fund the building of their skatepark for the girls to use.

Listen to the conversation with Founder Sharné Jacobs about Girls Skate SA...

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Pictured: Sharné Jacobs

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