The Central Coast’s first ever festival dedicated to all things roller skates took place in October.
An initiative of RollerFit founder and local coach, Stacey Short, Skate Fest was an inclusive and supportive weekend jampacked with activities to help Central Coast residents discover the joy of roller skating.
A four wheeled force of nature since the age of 4, what began as a cute mother daughter skating trip for Short quickly became a lifelong passion.
Competing as an artistic skater at a state and national level, a fascination with “the sensation of rolling” kept Short on skates well into adulthood.
Inspired to share her love of skating with the world, she founded RollerFit Sydney in 2011.
Combining learn to skate basics with fun and fitness, RollerFit has since grown into a nationwide 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 ran from October 25-29 at skateparks at Bateau Bay and Tuggerah, with Short bringing in some of Australia’s best skaters to lead the event.
Around 100 or so skaters took part in the three day festival, which Short said she hopes to expand in the future.
Website, Oct 29
Stacey Short, Skate Fest Central Coast
Dilon Luke, Journalist