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Skate Girls Costa Rica event seeks gender inclusion through sport
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Parque La Libertad is calling all female skateboarders to come out for the next three upcoming Saturdays. During those dates, the park will host the very first installment of the Skate Girls Costa Rica championship.

The event is being organized by Cero Tímida, a company that encourages and promotes women’s sporting activities, along with park officials. The competition will begin this Saturday and end on April 8, organizers said.

The three judges are apparently well-known figures in the local skating scene.

They include: Stephanie Leitón, who comes with at least seven years of experience as a skater; Josafat Marchena, apparently known for his agility and technique on a skateboard, and Bryan Muñoz, who has been teaching people how to skate at Parque La Libertad for at least three years. 

“This competition reinforces the vision of Parque La Libertad as an inclusive space,” said Luis Acuña, the youth manager at the park.

“Women’s participation will be validated from two perspectives: empowering young women in public and sports spaces and young men who can see them as people who are actively involved and have the right to do so.”

Acuña hopes that the competition will allow both genders to see that skating is not just a boy’s club. Karla Alfaro, the representative for the organizer Zero Tímida said that the competition will consist of two qualifying rounds before the championship event on the last Saturday.

Participants will skate in pairs for a minute each, while judges will evaluate their performance on a scale of one to 15, according to organizers.

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Skaters come together in mutual respect for this event.

Interested skaters need not worry as the competition will further divide persons based on skill level so a relatively new skater does not face someone on an advanced level, according to the group.

Either way, the purpose of the competition is for coexistence and an opportunity for women who practice skateboarding to have an open space, Ms. Alfaro said.



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