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Girls, you're not allowed

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19.07.2019

OPINION: Once, I skateboarded to work. I don't really know how to skateboard but I figured if I could snowboard, taking it to the streets was a logical extension.

It turns out concrete is much less forgiving than snow. Halfway down Church St in Palmerston North, I tried to pop an ollie up onto the curb.

Had I ever "popped" an ollie in my life? No. It just seemed like it would be natural. It was not.

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When I arrived at the newsroom, blood dripping down my arm and cradling my wrist, it was to the mirth of my colleagues. That's until lunchtime, when my boss expressed concern. "You look a bit white," she said, as I determinedly bashed out a story with one hand.

"Do you think you should go home?"

I never learned to skateboard. At my primary school, it was not a thing that girls did. Gymnastics, yes. Dancing, yes. Netball, yup.........

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