Today's post is dedicated to the lads!
In this world I am a full supporter of empowering women, making them feel they can be whoever they want to be, embracing their bodies and who they are however I am also a massive voice for empowering men too!
Men also need to embrace themselves, their talents, be happy with their bodies and believe in who they are and what they want to be.
When I first starting skateboarding there were only a handful of female skaters in the UK. I spent most of my days at Hyde Park Skate Park, in Leeds with Thomas Harrison, Leon Walton, Jamie Liam Humphrey, Rory Martinez, Chris Parsons, Simon Burlo and Manhead. These amazing men made me the skateboarder/person I am today, they taught me tricks, encouraged me to keep pushing, praised me when I landed something new, they taught me to be myself and I was not treated any differently because I was a girl.
They were and always will be my family.
Don't get me wrong at the time I would get the "WOW" factor from some of the younger kids seeing a girl on a skateboard but I can't blame them it was pretty unique back in the early 2000's but we were all skateboarders together.
Roger Peacock, my Step Dad has been the driving force behind this whole project. He was the man who drove me from one city to the next getting the photos for the project, he helped me understand that people will always put you down but to keep fighting and pushing to be the best version of yourself. He never gave up on me when I thought I couldn't do it or the world was going to hate the project - He said " Do you believe in the project and the girls?" Yes, Thats enough!
Thomas Cole, the love of my life taught me that facing your demons and anxieties head on was the only way to defeat them, he showed me to love myself, to be better, to push myself and not be afraid of anyone. He too has invested his time and passion into this project and making sure I was on track every step of the way.
My dad, Idris and my brother Adam who have been incredible, both two men who don't show emotions too well but sat and listened when I needed to talk, just being there and listening was enough.
If it wasn't for these skaters Thomas Harrison, Leon Walton, Jamie Liam Humphrey, Simon Burlo, Manhead, Chris Parsons Rory Martinez, Roger Peacock, Thomas Cole, Idris Glynn and Adam Thomas there would be no Concrete Girls as I would not have picked myself up during my darkest of days.
Skateboarding is the unity and love of all people, its freedom to express yourself and be creative amongst kind and creative people. You can let go of all the crap that happened in your day and just go hang with your friends!
Men & Women together ONE LOVE!