Atita Verghese and

Lizzie Armanto on

The Power of Girls

Skateboarding in India

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This is a story about women, told by women, for women. In India, like many places around the world, girls are expected to follow societal norms. But for Atita Verghese, skateboarding opened up a whole new world of possibilities for her and led to the foundation of her organization Girls Skate India. Teamed up with Lizzie Armanto, who serves as an inspiration and role model to the local girls, the pair led a girls skate workshop in Bangalore, India that taught the girls more than how to skate - it taught them how to be fearless, take risks, and discover their abilities.

Chris standing up holding his daughter Elva
"I have this thing called girls skate India. I try to promote female skateboarding around the country." - Atita Verghese
"Lizzie is one of the best female skateboarders right now. She's done amazing things for the female skate community." - Atita Verghese
"We're going to be messing with concrete and we're going to teach a girls clinic" - Lizzie Armanto
"Once these girls see what's possible, they're going to have new aspirations and dreams that like she's going to ignite in them" - Atita Verghese
“I’m skating for last two years with Atita and I would love to skate with Lizzie.”
- Avani
“When I found out that Lizzie was coming to Bangalore for the workshop I got super excited.”
- Anam
“I started skating three months ago. It’s my first time skating at the ramp. I usually skate on the road.”
- Naphisa
“People look astonished to see me skating. But I don’t have any problem.”
- Mini
"It was cool to see like all the different levels of the girls. And most of my group, everyone learned a trick." - Atita Verghese
"Skateboarding, in general, like just allows you that freedom to just choose whatever, be whatever, do whatever." - Atita Verghese

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