影/滑板女孩在尼泊爾街頭崛起 公園推「女孩日」免費教玩板|Young female skateboarders take over streets of Nepal

近期,在尼泊爾加德滿都(Kathmandu)無法無天、坑坑疤疤的街道上,出現一群年輕的滑板女孩,她們帥氣的身影佔領尼泊爾新成立的滑板公園。

Taking the lawless and pot-holed streets of Kathmandu are Nepal’s young female skateboarders who are rising out of the newly established skate parks in Nepal.

在眾多滑板女孩中,Rejina Maharjan是最早崛起的成員之一。她回憶起自己當初從一群男孩那學會滑板,說道:「以前在他們面前摔倒,我都會覺得很尷尬,那時我很害羞。」但男孩們卻對她說:「多摔幾次,就會學到竅門」,鼓勵她越挫越勇。

Rejina Maharjan is among the first of many female skateboarders to rise up in the circle, she recounts learning how to skateboard from a group of boys, “I felt odd when I used to fall in front of them, I was shy.” They told her that “the more she fell, the more she would learn”. 

在打好基礎後,Rejina現在覺得滑板運動帶給她諸多力量和啟發,她希望自己未來能成為一名優秀的國家滑板運動員,有朝一日代表尼泊爾參加奧運。

After grounding her foundational skills, she now feels empowered and inspired by skateboarding. Rejina hopes to become an excellent national skateboarder so she can one day represent her country at the Olympics. 

在尼泊爾,年輕女孩對滑板的興趣逐漸抬高,多虧有尼泊爾滑板人贊助的KTM滑板公園,這些女孩們現在可以在公園的「女孩日」接受免費滑板課程。在這天,只有女孩能進滑板公園,彼此互動,透過相同的愛好建立情誼。

Slowly, there is a growing interest in skateboarding amongst young girls. Thanks to the KTM skate park sponsored by Nepali skating enthusiasts, these young girls are receiving free skateboarding classes on what is known as “girl’s day”. On these days, only girls are allowed into the skate park and are able to interact with other girls and bond over a shared passion. 

對Rejina和其他滑板女孩來說,要打破刻板印象、實踐滑板夢還有很長一段路要走。不過,她們作為第一代女滑板手,為未來的女性開路,意義深刻。

It is a long road for Rejina and these young girls to break stereotypes and reach their dreams. However, they are part of the first wave of skateboarding, paving the way for a future for females.