#CelebrateingtheRainbow at the workplace – share your stories of Pride!
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Introduction: In the lively city of Mumbai, there is a special place that embodies the beauty of artistic roller skating. Sweta’s journey is captivating and empowering. Skating is more than a hobby for her; it’s her true calling. Inspired by her parents’ love for skating, Sweta embarked on an incredible journey that shaped her life.
A Flourishing Dream: Sweta’s passion for skating started at the age of six. She dedicated herself to practicing for six hours a day, seven days a week. Her hard work paid off when she won her first national medal at the age of ten. With her parents’ support, she aimed to conquer the international stage.
A Tapestry of Memories: Sweta’s journey was about more than just winning or losing. It was filled with memories that shaped her character. She formed strong bonds with fellow skaters, who became like family. They shared stories, went on train rides, and pursued excellence together, creating unforgettable experiences.
Overcoming Adversities: Sweta faced many challenges along the way. Getting high-quality skates was difficult and expensive. Financial limitations created barriers for talented athletes. Despite these obstacles, Sweta persevered. She found a way to skate even on imperfect surfaces and made the best of her circumstances.
SK8ART by Sweta: A Haven of Inspiration: In 2010, Sweta fulfilled her dream by opening SK8ART, an academy in Mumbai. It was a welcoming place that made skating accessible to all, regardless of background. The academy offered joyful experiences through music, games, and exciting moves. Over 500 children, mostly girls, have benefited from SK8ART, embodying Sweta’s commitment to empowering the next generation.
A Legacy of Empowerment: SK8ART goes beyond skating skills. Sweta empowers women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds by training them as assistant trainers. These women develop their confidence, achieve financial independence, and personal growth. Sweta aims to expand the academy’s reach, ensuring that no child with a passion for skating is left behind due to financial limitations.
A Generational Connection: As a mother, Sweta finds joy in watching her daughter, Shayra, pursue skating. Shayra inherited her mother’s talent and explores the sport with curiosity. Sweta looks forward to creating cherished memories with her daughter, where love, discipline, and excitement intertwine.
Conclusion: Skating is a graceful and thrilling activity that captivates people of all ages. Sweta’s spirit and SK8ART embody the transformative power of skating, bridging gaps, empowering dreams, and nurturing individuals dedicated to excellence. The vibrant community at SK8ART represents the magic that comes alive on wheels. Embrace this extraordinary journey, witness the beauty of skating, and let it enchant your heart.
Sweta Dattani is a former professional skater who represented India at international championships. She is also an entrepreneur and a mother to a six-year-old daughter, Shayra. For the past 12 years, she has read more...
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