Gym­nast a skate con­vert

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

FOR­MER Olympic gym­nast Olivia Vi­vian says she has dis­cov­ered mus­cles she never knew ex­isted since re­tir­ing from her sport last month.

Vi­vian has been drift-skat­ing af­ter watch­ing Cottes­loe res­i­dent Jamie Ven­erys roll past her Mos­man Park cafe.

“It’s ac­ti­vated mus­cles I didn’t know I had,” she said.

“I just roll around the cafe when I’m not busy.”

Fre­man­tle res­i­dent Sherif Hashem brought the drift skates, which are pop­u­lar in the US and Asia, to Perth in 2013.

The skates fit un­der each foot and are de­signed to give the feel­ing of mo­men­tum, rhythm, speed and con­trol.

“I met a guy on a train with them and asked him what they were,” Hashem said.

“I searched on­line and found them and got a fac­tory in China to make them and brought them over with Aus­tralian specs.”

With the help of his two chil­dren Monique and Jake, as well as Vi­vian, Hashem wants to es­tab­lish a Skat­es­tar team and run coach­ing clin­ics.

Vi­vian said drift-skat­ing was a good way to get chil­dren out­doors.

“It’s get­ting kids ac­tive and pro­mot­ing health and fit­ness and keep­ing kids away from iPads and iPhones,” she said.

“For me, I love a chal­lenge and slowly you learn more about it, so it’s eas­ier and safer. But it’s not just for kids.”

Ven­erys is a ten­nis coach and of­ten drift-skates around Marine Pa­rade, Cottes­loe.

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