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Meet Skaters Choice Skate Shop Owners Linda Dorso Boileau (aka Coach Shirley N. Sane) and her daughter Christina Pena (4th generation of females). Christina was literally born into the skating world spending countless hours with her mother as Linda coached many different skating disciplines. Christina began officially working in Skaters Choice Skate Shop in 2008. Christina’s original love was with Inline skates. When the Moxi Lolly was introduced Christina found a new passion with roller skates and trail and park skating. We had come full circle!! Together they bring skating wisdom mixed with today’s modern twist with a true love for helping customers find the perfect skate for them! Both equally passionate about what they do. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     5th generation in Training!!!!!

 

Linda’s grandparents owned their first skating rink in the 1930′s. Linda’s parents took over that rink when she was 5.  That was the start of her long competitive skating, coaching and business career.

 Grace Dorso standing in front of her parents rink

Linda’s mother Grace Dorso, (2nd generation) a skating teacher in the 1940’s and 1950’s

Linda was an artistic skater who found her niche in speed skating. She was a member of the first US Pan Am Team bringing home 3 medals.  That same year she was a member of the US World Team and Olympic Sports Festival Team medaling at both events on flat and banked tracks. A knee injury at World’s cut her competitive years short but gave birth to her coaching career. As a speed coach she had champions in every age division coaching one of the top teams in the country for over twenty years earning her the USARS Speed Coach of the Year Award and the prestigious induction into the National Speed Coaches Hall of Fame.




Linda has had the privilege to have coached many National Champions and to have worked with several Olympic medalists in the years before they traded in their roller skates for ice blades.  She helped organize and coach speed clinics at the Olympic Training Center and lectured for USARS Coaching Seminars across the country. She has been testing and helping develop new skating equipment for the last 25 years. She is still a personal trainer for skaters and a Director for youth roller hockey showing her ongoing dedication and passion for all aspects of the sport of Roller Skating.


After playing Roller Derby during the 2006 season (at the young age of 48), "Shirley N. Sane" acquired a new passion in skating and it is called ROLLER DERBY!
In 2007, Shirley founded Roller Derby University to help promote the sport and to educate both Senior and Junior leagues, coaches, and skaters. She has done boot camps and consulting through Roller Derby University and was an active Coach in many of the Blood and Thunder Camps in the United States, Canada and Europe.

 

Now with Christina’s fresh approach for the new influx of Park, Trail, and Dance skating we are a wealth of information just waiting to earn your business and help you find your version of our passion. With being involved as a competitor or coach for over 75 years Skaters Choice Skate Shop has truly proven that skating is not just a “hobby” for them but has been their lifelong passion.

 
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