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Guest Interview Hannah

"Hi what is your name and how old are you?

I'm Hannah and I am 26

Tell us a little about yourself, what do you do, why have you started to skateboard and how long have you been skating?

I work in a secondhand bookshop and study forensic psychology! So, naturally, my interests are reading and watching true crime documentaries. I've never been a sporty person but I decided to start skateboarding because I wanted to be more active, challenge myself and make some friends. I've always wanted to learn to skateboard and one day I thought what is actually stopping me? I've only been skating for a few months and I feel miles behind everyone else but determined to keep on pushing. 

How does it feel to do something as cool as skateboarding?

It feels great! I'm really happy I'm challenging myself. It feels so good when you land something and it's totally unexpected! I also love the community of skateboarding, being at a skatepark as a beginner can feel intimidating but I've never felt unwelcome. 

How do your friends and family think about it? About you starting a crazy pastime at this stage of your life?

My friends think it's awesome I'm doing something so different, especially given my age. Most people think their time to learn new things is over once they are over 20 but that's totally not the case. Admittedly, when I tell people I skateboard they think I'm waaay further ahead in terms of ability than I actually am and I have to tell them to lower their expectations right down. 

My family are now really supportive. When I was a kid I think skateboarding had this dangerous, anti-social reputation plus I don't think there were many skate schools or kid-friendly skate parks for my parents to take me to. When I took an interest in skateboarding I was bought roller skates instead. 

Now, I think my family are amazed that I'm stepping ou