DOHA ON WHEELS
OUR RESIDENT COLUMNIST AND FITNESS CONNOISSEUR, NTANDO STEMMET, TAKES ON A NEW ACTIVITY. FIND OUT WHAT SHE WAS UP TO THIS MONTH.
I recently went for a run on the beautiful Doha Corniche as I usually do at least once a week in winter. It was probably one of the last few 5km runs I will embark in before it gets too hot. Whilst running it’s not uncommon to come across a child rollerskating with his watchful parents close by. But when I spotted a group of adults in perfect formation whizzing past me as I reached the end of my run, I was most intrigued.
I came to discover that this group of athletes were training for the GS Rollerskating Championship 2018 edition, which took place on the 27th April at Aspire Dome. This was the second edition of the championship and it was wonderful to see how the support for the sport has grown in Doha. The athletes really pushed themselves to the limit. One of the most grueling ways in which these athletes put their bodies to the test during training is with a weekly 23km skate from the old airport to Hamad International Airport. The skaters use the cycling track, which is a safer route, and a really good track for skating. During the glorious winter months, they skate this route on Friday mornings because the weather is perfect. In the summer, they adjust to the early evenings when it’s cooler and more pleasant.
At a distance, skating just looks like a whole lot of fun, but in addition to the entertaining nature of the sport and pass time, it is a great workout. It assists with overall agility, coordination as well as balance whilst strengthening the heart and improving endurance.
Gery and EmanAmnah, the founders of this roller skating group pride themselves in teaching new generations of skaters the skills they themselves have perfected over the years. Starting from 3 years old or as soon as the child has learned the art of balancing on their feet, they can be taught to skate. Lessons for the youngsters take place on Friday afternoon in the safe and skater-friendly Hotel Park on the Doha Corniche.
Head coach Gery started skating when he was three years old and his parents brought home his first pair of skating shoes. When he grew a little older, he started skating as a pastime with his friends and enjoyed it so much that he took on a coach who discovered his potential and started teaching him different techniques and tricks to use in competitions. With years of hard, Gery, eventually became the two-time roller skating champion of Cameroon in 2010 & 2011. For him skating is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. And he can’t think of a better way to pass on his legacy, than teaching the youth and even adults who are willing to learn, everything he knows about the world of skating.
Children & Adults : QR300-350
per month / pp
Grade 0-2: QR50 pp
Grade 3-8: QR60 pp
Find it: Doha Corniche or contact Gery via email: email@example.com, or WhatsApp: +974 30171264; mobile: +974 66006999