Big Wheel Blading’s COVID-19 Coverage
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every skater in the world in some way. In this new series, Inline Skating and Life During COVID-19, we will be checking in with various inline skaters from around the globe to see how the pandemic has affected their life. This is only one part of our COVID-19 coverage, which includes editorials, interviews with skaters who are deemed essential workers and an in depth report of what long term affects the pandemic will have on our sport and industry. Also check out the series, Essential Workers, Inline Skaters on the Front Lines of COVID-19, where we talk to inline skaters from around the world who are considered Essential Workers. If you’d like to contribute an editorial piece or have any comments or suggestions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Dowling is a 37-year-old inline skater and a film and television location scout from Atlanta, Georgia.
What is the current situation with COVID-19 where you live?
My country is unfortunately not on a mandatory lock down. The great city of Atlanta however has issued a mandatory stay at home order.
Are you still skating? If so what precautions are you taking?
Yes, I am still skating. I am limiting my skating to a small practice rail in my front yard and skating slowly in order to be cautious. I am placing no pressure on myself to do try more advanced maneuvers.
What would make you stop skating?
I would need to be told by authorities to stop skating at this time. These are dark times and skating is a positive activity. It’s nice to escape reality and do some skating.
Are you doing any cross training?
I am jogging and throwing my kettlebell around.
What other activities are you doing to occupy your time?
Writing, listening to music, setting goals, gardening, spending time with my family and trying my best to remain hopeful.
How has COVID-19 affected your normal everyday life?
It has impacted my everyday life greatly. My entire industry shut down with no solid dates to get back to work. I do not socialize with friends. I can no longer visit my favorite coffee shops and restaurants. I wake up in the middle of the night worrying about bills, mortgage and my career.
What are your major concerns right now and looking into the future?
My major concern is the federal government’s inability to give concise and consistent information. This is a time where we need unity more than anything and we are continuing to see division. I am concerned with the health of loved ones and the future of our economy.
Are your fellow Atlanta skaters self-isolating or are they still getting together and not social distancing?
Many of the skaters in Atlanta are practicing social distancing. The main group of skaters all live together so they are isolated together and have friends to skate with. They are still skating big rails which is upsetting. They could fall and steal a hospital bed from someone who needs it to stay alive.
Do you have anything you’d like to add?
I want to add that it is encouraging to see our community come together in this moment. Seeing everyone’s smiling faces and words of encouragement helps escape the reality of how sad this time is.
- Go to Inline Skating and Life During COVID-19 to read more interviews from skaters from around the world.
- For our full COVID-19 coverage go here.
- Follow Kevin Dowling on Instagram.
- Check out the article Kevin recently wrote for Blader Union about this years Pow Wow Competition, Pow Wow 10 – The Official Story of the Weekend That Never Was.
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