Miller aims to boost skate park’s profile

The Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park at Grand Harbour, Grand Cayman has hired a new marketing and event coordinator.

Kathy Miller will organize the various events and activities and promote the Black Pearl and the island both locally and internationally, says a spokesperson.

Miller comes to the Cayman Islands from Vancouver, Canada where she ran Canada’s largest indoor skate park, The RDS Skate Park. While with RDS, she organised pro athlete demos, contest series for amateur and professional skaters, and camps and clinics for Canada’s large skateboard culture.

Miller has been involved in skateboarding for more than 10 years, entering competitions, and writing for Canada’s oldest skateboard magazine, Concrete Powder. Her new post at the Black Pearl is a positive and encouraging step towards building the Caymanian youth and community together in what USA Today claims is a sport that more youth today are involved in than basketball, football, hockey, and soccer combined, said a spokesperson.

‘Skateboarding is recognized today as a sport of incredible skill, strength and coordination, with a very strong following,’ said Miller. ‘I have seen skateboarding bring about amazing opportunities for many of my friends, many of whom come from very low income homes, get sponsored by different companies and end up traveling the world, which is an opportunity of a lifetime. I have also seen careers emerge from what may have been hobby photography or videography, and now these people are top paid photographers and videographers, appearing in the most popular skateboarding magazines, and creating timeless videos and documentaries.’

Kathy’s immediate goal is to implement camps and clinics for local kids, as well as bring skaters from overseas to participate in these activities.

‘It’s only been a couple of weeks since I arrived to the island, and I’ve seen a group of kids skating the park daily, and pushing to land their tricks,’ said Kathy. ‘When they do, they’re proud and feel accomplished and want to share it with you. Seeing that kind of confidence build up in a person is a pretty rewarding feeling.’

Mike Bell, owner and developer of the Black Pearl Skate & Surf Park is excited about Kathy’s arrival and her plans for the facility.

‘I feel there is huge potential for after school programmes to get involved with Black Pearl,’ said Bell. ‘We are looking forward to working with the service clubs, community groups and of course, the Department of Tourism to promote the Park not only as an entertainment centre but an education and training facility for skate and surf enthusiasts. We are thrilled to have someone of Kathy’s caliber on staff to make this all happen.’

Kathy believes that having a world class skating facility such as the Black Pearl on the island has already had a huge impact on the local skating community, and that its popularity for skaters of all abilities will continue to grow.

‘Skateboarding encourages creativity, increases confidence, and most of all, teaches perseverance,’ explained Kathy. ‘It feels great to be given this opportunity to take my experience within the skateboarding culture and use it to promote skating to the Caribbean where, until the creation of Black Pearl, the sport was virtually nonexistent. Skating has brought me incredible experiences and opportunities, and now it is my turn to give that chance to the youth of Grand Cayman.’

For more information about activities at the Black Pearl, contact Kathy on 925 8181.

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