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August Skater of the Month

Name: Julian Selvaraj



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Have been skating for how long: Learned to skate in mid 20's. After I got wiped out pretty bad couple times, gave up on skating. Picked it up a bit again when I was around 43. Overall I have skated on and off for about 3+ years.

Equipment Brand and Type: First used Academy sports brand of skates. Then realized that the skates were not comfortable so got K2 boa skates from inlinewarehouse.com

Life Philosophy: No one skates through life without experiencing it. Enjoy the pleasant moments and learn from the moments that are not pleasant.

Favorite Time of Day to Skate:Even though I have not skated at this time, I'd say outdoors on a full moon day.

Favorite Skating Events: Will find one soon!

Awards / Competitive Wins: Zero, nada, zilch so far. Will update my profile if I win an award that is worth mentioning.

Most memorable incident / Biggest skating adventure:I have biked the Veloway a million times. Always saw skaters on the veloway and wondered if I'd be able to skate the Veloway. By chance I met super skater extraordinaire, Nicole who got me out of my comfort zone and helped me skate around the veloway couple of times. Later that evening felt like a kid eagerly awaiting my next chance to skate.

What do I get from skating: Fitness for self and encourage my daughter to be a cool skater. Also its one of my life's priorities!

Would like to do this year in skating: Be comfortable just being on skates and being able to stop.

Coolest Accomplishment: I had severe IT band problems when I did MS 150. During my two days ride learned to pace myself and get through the ride no matter how my legs/knee felt. Throughout the ride was inspired by folks with MS riding alongside and by my sister who has MS.

Other sports / hobbies you enjoy: Biking. Enjoy discovering how to slowly make my inflexible body more flexible doing yoga. Enjoy swimming and taking lessons to hone my skills. I enjoy playing anything with a racquet and a ball. I recently discovered speedminton while on vacation and it's really fun to play. I love watching soccer and cycling tours. Premier league is still my favorite. Reading books that really suck me in.

Favorite skating gadget / tool: Prior to owning a pair of padded shorts a fall while skating would be felt on my tailbone for a week or more. Wearing padded shorts makes me want fall more often and get my monies worth out of it.

Mentors:Inspiring people around me! Majed and Richard, two people who have been my best friends and have given me needed advice both in my professional career and personal life.

What do you enjoy about being a member of HCIC:Nicole! and meeting skaters and bikers of all different experiences.

Helpful Advice to Beginners: Keep at it!

Favorite Quotes: "Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing by a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought."

Julian Selvaraj