Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
4 minute read
5 Oct 2019
4:25 pm

Women in Sport: The ‘senior citizen’ who’s pioneered skateboarding in SA

Wesley Botton

Melissa Williams won't be an Olympic champion, but she's inspired potential ones.

Melissa Williams. Photo: Supplied.

She won’t be at next year’s Olympic Games, and she’s unlikely to become a household name, but for the last two decades Melissa Williams has played a key role in changing the local image of one of the world’s most popular extreme sports. An activity which has developed its own unique fashion, music and language across the world, skateboarding is a culture within itself. And as good as Williams has become at it, for her it just started out as something to do. “There was a ramp at the local park where everyone used to hang out on weekends and...