Meet one of our lovely online Rolla Skate club members – who got nominated for Skater Spotlight for her dedication to our Rollerskating 101 virtual program 🙂

Your name, skater name, or how you like to be called: Nadia AKA MapleTee.

Your social media handle: @mapletits is my main account @standardesign is my business one!

Where do you like to skate? Either your home skate setup or another spot you like to go? Luckily, I have a garage, so when I’m starting a new section of 101, I like to clear the cars out of the garage, pull up the lesson on the iPad and follow along. Then I head out to an empty parking lot at CSLB to practice. The dual locations help me get used to trying out moves on smooth and rough terrain.

What’s something you do when you’re not rollerskating? (work, hobbies…) During this pandemic, going to shows and events with friends which I love doing came to a halt. I’ve been keeping busy doing dance and barre classes at home which keeps me off the couch. Barre especially has been so perfect for building the muscle I need to skate properly. I’ve been cooking a lot (like everyone has!) with my husband which is an adventure. I’m also an art director, so most of my days are spent working.

What big goals do you have for yourself with your rollerskating right now? My immediate goal is to nail transitions since it isn’t quite the same as I learned ice skating as a child, but my long term goal is to master dance moves you see during soul skate sessions.

Any big successes or milestones for you recently (in life or on skates!)? Unlocking the muscle memory of how to do crossovers and carving has really been amazing, as I feel a little cooler and more confident when I’m skating around my practice spaces. I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned to a more crowded situation like the beach path here in Long Beach.

What is your favourite thing about skating with Rolla Skate Club? The classes really break things down with great homework exercises. I feel like I’m not overwhelmed with everything I need to learn to get to an intermediate level.

Anything else you want to say about yourself, rollerskating, or Rolla? Before November 2020, I haven’t skated in over 25 years. It can be very intimidating being the “old lady” trying new tricks. It’s been great to have friends and family be so supportive. It’s been even better to have the Rolla community who are there to share tips, celebrate milestones and cheer you on after every fall!