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Ladies Skate Night in Sydenham - a chance to score free lessons and burritos while also supporting International Women's Day.
Women and girls of all ages padded up this week for a beginner's workshop at the Sydenham Green Skate Park, in a quirky take on this year's IWD theme, #BalanceforBetter.
Amateur Boxer and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Anja Stridsman, was among those leading the charge.
"I think it’s important to tell girls growing up that they can do whatever they want whether it is skating or anything else," she said.
“There are a lot more women going into boxing and that used to be a really masculine sport - as skating has been in the past."
The event was jointly organised by the Inner West Council, Basement Skate, Beach Burrito Company, Totem Skateboarding and Skateboarders Western Sydney University.
Totem Skateboarding runs regular girls-only events and workshops - to get as many in the skate park as possible.
Head Coach of Girls and Schools Programs Stacey Speer, wants to inspire the next generation of female skateboarders.
“The message for today is just to be proud," she told participants.
"Be brave and inspiring to all the young girls coming up next, they’ve got a unique perspective on sport and especially skateboarding.
"Just get out and do it.
“Jump on a board and go to the park, the boys really don’t care. You can wear what you want… and you create the culture that is surrounding the park as long as you bring a positive attitude."
Fellow skate coach Stella Longmire, wants all girls to feel welcome and included: "... despite their age or sexual orientation.”
Tina Shen is a Western Sydney University student who attended the workshop to improve her skills. She said it was a great experience and she will be back at the skate park and future events.
“I have met a lot of girls today who have been really brave in trying a new sport which sends a positive message to all the women out there,” she said.
“It’s not just a boy’s sport, it comes down to equality between men and women, so if you’re a woman, you can be good at skateboarding as well.”
- Tanna Nankivell @TannaNankivell