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September Skater of the Month

Name: Steve Champion

Age: 40

Nickname: Champ

Marital Status: Partnered

Have been skating for how long: Started on quads as a kid, rollerblades when I was 24, and speed skates finally at 40.

Equipment Brand and Type: Luigino Attitude boot, Pilot P-51 frames. K2's for street/recreational skating.

Life Philosophy: Have fun - and if that can involve skating, even better!

Favorite Time of Day to Skate: Really any time is fun to me.

Favorite Skating Event: I had a blast at the HCIC full moon skate at the Veloway recently.

Awards/Competitive Wins: I've never competed in an event but hope to improve my endurance and compete next year.

Biggest Skating Adventure: Me and a group of friends, years ago in Dallas, bundled up on a cold Christmas eve, packed backpacks full of food and rollerbladed through downtown and fed the homeless.

Would Like to Do This Year: I've just transitioned to speed skates and would like to continue working on skill and endurance so I can confidently participate in more events next year.

What I get from skating: Skating is like the biggest natural high. I can have the worst day then get my skates on and have the best day. It's like flying without wings.

Coolest Accomplishment: "Coolest" accomplishment would be skating 6th street in the Viva Streets festival and finding a photo of me doing it online.

Other sports/hobbies I enjoy: Sports cars, design work (Photoshop & Illustrator), painting, music, and running.

Favorite skating gadget/tool: Wrist guards and Allen wrenches!

Mentors: My friend Janice who got me interested in inline skating.

Helpful Advice to Beginners: First, never give up! And second, join a group like HCIC. I held off for years joining a group because I thought I had to be on top of every skill level to hang with the pros. The great thing about HCIC is that there are all levels of skaters and bikers. Everyone has been a wealth of knowledge and very welcoming. Wear your helmet, wear your wrist guards, skate hard, and have a blast!

Favorite Quotes: "What other people think of me is none of my business." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Steve Champion