I can hear the sound of Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boi, except this time the song is about a girl. I don’t see many female skateboarders around my part of town, but it’s nice when you see one. Especially if they are a big inspirational figure like Diana Kirk.
Here is an interview I found from 2124635988:
Diana Kirk, 32, co-owns the ATB Skate Warehouse on the Hawksworth Industrial Estate with husband Stuart. Itâs a shop and Swindonâs only indoor skate park, and on Saturday hosted the international Element Make It Count skateboarding competition.
Diana started skating when she was young â much against her mother’s approval. And she keeps skating although she has a rare medical condition â one that my friend also has.
Diana has always loved sport, in spite of having a painful medical condition called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).
âMy cells attack my platelets and I can bruise really easily, so if I have a large impact or if I walk into something it and have a big bruise it will then be triggered and look as if Iâve been in a horrific car accident.
I know a little bit about this condition, and I can tell you it is not easy. It’s really inspiring for me that Diana stays active even though she has a physical limitation. You can tell that she is truly passionate about skateboarding and recommends kids to do it.
Diana is a strong advocate of skateboarding and similar sports not just as fun but also as a way of keeping fit.
âI love it because when the kids come out here theyâre absolutely sweating. They say, âOh, I could do another hour.â The exercise is brilliant and the parents think itâs fantastic. The kids often will spend hours here.
âThe nice thing is that all these sports have such a great community behind them and it doesnât matter if you are rich or poor. You could be on the naffest scooter pulling the best tricks.â
So if you’re a girl and you want to skate, then do it. If you have a physical condition that is tough, that shouldn’t stop you. If she can do it, then anyone can!
Visit Diana’s shop at www.atbshop.co.uk