Sport on Saturdays: The most inspirational six-year-olds you'll see this week.



It was the pink tutus that got me. And the pink helmets. And the pink skateboards.

They’re the Pink Helmet Posse. And they are slowly becoming a revolutionary force in women’s skateboarding.

To explain: the Pink Helmet Posse are a group of three six-year-old girls from Encinitas in California. Their names are Sierra, Bella and Relz, and they love skateboarding. And they’re pretty damn good at it, too.

But what I love most about the Pink Helmet Posse is that all three girls also love art. And music. And tutus, and sparkly things, and My Little Pony. They paint – and admire – their nails in the middle of skate parks before kicking off a rail, or dropping into a bowl.

Check out the mini documentary put together by The New York Times:

If you can’t watch the doco, flick through some of the photos from the Pink Helmet Posse’s instagram page:

In the bio that’s included on their website, the Pink Helmet Posse explains the idea behind their little group:

We want to make it easy and fun for girls to start skateboarding. We will be showing basic tutorials, and pictures of our adventures to encourage and inspire you to go skate. We know it can be intimidating, but we’re here to show you that skateboarding is not just for boys.

These six-year-old girls are breaking down stereotypes by just doing what they love – getting on their pink skateboards and showing little girls that you can truly do whatever you want to do. If you want to wear a tutu and get on a skateboard, you can. If you want to get in the skatepark and beat the boys, all while wearing sparkly nail-polish, you can.

It’s the perfect feminist movement. And it’s one that is especially important in the world of skateboarding, where gender ratios are so incredibly out of whack.

Esther performing a kickflip to fakie in Spain

In the New York Times documentary, it’s noted that only 33 out of 192 competitors in the 2013 X Games (the big-time competition for sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding) were women. That’s a pretty poor representation of women – who, after all, make up 51% of population.


This is, however, a massive improvement on what was happening a few years ago – when there were no women competing in skateboarding at all. It was one big boys club, and women who liked skateboarding found it hard to break through the skateboarder’s version of the glass ceiling.

Luckily, there are a lot of women who continue to work towards changing the face of skateboarding. This includes 28-year-old Esther Godoy, an Australian skateboarder and the founder of the Girls Skate Network – a website which offers a community for female skateboarders to meet each other and skate with each other.

“It’s is about community and visibility,” Esther explains. “Community motivates people and gives people a reason to start and to stay skateboarding. Visibility ensures that the industry knows there are women out there participating. When the industry acknowledges women in skateboarding, it means there are more opportunities for women to get involved.”

Esther started skateboarding at the age of 13, after stealing her brother’s skateboard while he was on school camp. She needed to do something adventurous, and skateboarding quickly became her vehicle to exploring the world. But she quickly got frustrated with the serious lack of women represented in skateboarding media.

“I knew there were ladies out there, but I didn’t see them in magazines or in videos. The skateboarding industry basically completely ignored them – there was not a picture or any footage to be found anywhere. After years on end of trying to get industry support for the ladies I thought, fuck it, I’m just going to create something myself.”

A GSA group photo

“There are so many more women participating in skateboarding these days, it’s amazing,” Esther continues. “What I would really like to see is some women behind the scenes, driving the industry.”

So ladies, if you’ve ever wanted to get on a skateboard… here’s your chance. If the Pink Helmet Posse can do it, if Esther can do it, you can too.

And in other sports news from the week…

– The Commonwealth Games wrapped up last weekend, and Australia managed to land in second place overall, with 49 gold medals, 42 silver medals and 57 bronze. England came in first place in the medal standings, with Canada in third, Scotland in fourth and India in fifth. Well done to all our athletes who competed.

– Our Aussie women are doing well in the Rugby World Cup in . The Wallaroos beat Wales 25-3, and now move on to the deciding match for the semi-finals against France. Meanwhile, the Irish team made history when they beat New Zealand’s Black Ferns by 17-4 – the second-ever defeat for the Kiwi team during all the years that the world cup has run.

– Faye White, captain of the women’s English football team, has spoken out, saying that FIFA ought to reconsider having women play on artificial pitches during the 2015 World Cup. Fifa are being accused of discriminating against the women’s teams. White told BBC Sport: “Fifa would never dream of hosting a men’s World Cup on artificial pitches so why the women’s? It makes you wonder if the women are some kind of guinea pigs.”

Have you seen anything in the sporting world that you’d like to talk about?