Roller Academy: How to choose your child’s first pair of roller skates
Everyone can learn to skate – you just need the right gear.
Everyone can learn to skate – you just need the right gear. I often noticed that some of my students were failing to make any progress and kept falling over. I eventually realised that this was because they were wearing poor quality skates that were too loose around the legs or had wheels which didn’t turn properly. As a result, some of them lost interest and stopped coming to classes. Getting the right gear is particularly important for beginners – in addition to keeping children safe, it also ensures that they enjoy skating and don’t lose interest.
Choosing the right gear
When choosing a pair of roller skates, in addition to your child’s sex, age, shoe size and weight, it’s also important to look at the different parts, including the shell, liner, fastening method, rocker frame, wheels and bearings. Each part has a different purpose and is available in a wide range of materials and designs.
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Former Hong Kong representative for speed skating
Hong Kong’s best female speed skater from 2000-2006
With over 20 years of skating experience, Angelina represented Hong Kong at speed skating competitions for 11 years and was Hong Kong’s fastest female speed skater for 6 consecutive years. Her best performances include 5th place in the 500 m short track race at the Asian Speed Skating Championships, and runner up in the 5000 m elimination race at the China National Speed Skating Championships. After retirement, she obtained a coaching license and became a referee for international speed skating competitions. She has also founded a speed skating school in Hong Kong, which aims to encourage more children to take up speed skating.