October 13, 2018

In 2010, Paola Ruiloba and Maayan Levi had no opportunities to compete in Jerusalem's skate competitions because they were segregated by gender.

Still, they skated every day after school, the only girls on the ramps in the city's largest public park, Gan Sacher, a sprawling expanse of green usually overrun with teenagers blaring Hebrew rap as they practiced their kickflips, ollies and backside 180s.

Ruiloba believes that local officials didn't think there would be sufficient interest in a girls skating competition.

In fact, the municipality did not hold one until May 2018, according to Action Sports for Development and Peace.


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