Former Olympic gymnast a skate convert


Keen drift-skaters Monique Hashem (11), Jamie Venerys, Olivia Vivian and Jake Hashem (8). Picture: Will Russell       d461851
Former Olympic gymnast a skate convert
Keen drift-skaters Monique Hashem (11), Jamie Venerys, Olivia Vivian and Jake Hashem (8). Picture: Will Russell       d461851

FORMER Olympic gymnast Olivia Vivian says she has discovered muscles she never knew existed since retiring from her sport last month.

Vivian has been drift-skating after watching Cottesloe resident Jamie Venerys roll past her Mosman Park cafe.

“It’s activated muscles I didn’t know I had,” she said.

“I just roll around the cafe when I’m not busy.”

Fremantle resident Sherif Hashem brought the drift skates, which are popular in the US and Asia, to Perth in 2013.

The skates fit under each foot and are designed to give the feeling of momentum, rhythm, speed and control.

“I met a guy on a train with them and asked him what they were,” Hashem said.

“I searched online and found them and got a factory in China to make them and brought them over with Australian specs.”

With the help of his two children Monique and Jake, as well as Vivian, Hashem wants to establish a Skatestar team and run coaching clinics.

Vivian said drift-skating was a good way to get children outdoors.

“It’s getting kids active and promoting health and fitness and keeping kids away from iPads and iPhones,” she said.

“For me, I love a challenge and slowly you learn more about it, so it’s easier and safer. But it’s not just for kids.”

Venerys is a tennis coach and often drift-skates around Marine Parade, Cottesloe.

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