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CHICO, Calif. - Every time 9-year-old Clover Bailey saw a girl at the skate park, she would burst with excitement.
Bailey would recruit girls to join her skate group that she helped form with the help of her dad, Scott Bailey.
"My daughter is nine, and she's been skating for quite a few years. Whenever we see a girl at the skate park we're always excited because there's not a ton of them so we would say hey 'lets we should get together and have them skate,'" Scott said.
The father and daughter duo rounded girls at the skate park and now the team has grown to 14 skaters.
"There's not very many girl skaters that you meet, now that we have this girls skate group we want to get as many girls as we can," Clover said.
Skill levels in the group range from girls who have years of experience to some who are just getting on a board.
"There's definitely girls here between six and 13, and some of those girls are you know they’ve only been on a board maybe the three times we had meetings," Scott said.
Then, there are a couple of girls who are more skilled that Scott describes as astronomical.
But the team isn’t too concerned about the skill level. They're focused on having fun, making friends and building team camaraderie.
"It’s a really cool environment because everyone's just having a good time," said Rory Beaudoin, a 13-year-old on the skate team.
Although skateboarding is an individual sport, the team rallies together and is encouraging of one another.
Joshua Del Moral, a parent of a 6-year-old skater, said it's a great way to build friendships and learn perseverance.
"She builds relationships, strong friends, bonds that she can create for a long period of time, she gets strong morals out of it, she learns determination," Del Moral said. "She learns never to give up, she learns that when she falls she gets up and she tries it again, so I think that’s what she gets out of it."
The team isn’t looking to compete any time soon and hopes to meet at least once a week.
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