Nothing will stand in the way of 10-year-old skateboarding prodigy Georgia-Rose Scott – not even partial blindness.
The Garforth youngster has amazed the four-wheeled fraternity with a natural poise on the board, a hunger to learn new tricks and a no holds barred approach to risky stunts despite a debilitating eye condition.
After first stepping on a skateboard just two years ago after tagging along at her brother Sam’s lesson, the St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School pupil has won consecutive national girls’ under 12s titles.
All of this, despite the fact that the youngster has congenital nystagmus, and is registered as partially sighted.
Her condition means she suffers from involuntary eye movements and blurred vision, which have led doctors to tell her family that she will never be allowed to drive a car.
Georgia-Rose’s mum Julie, 38, who also has the condition, explained that as a baby her daughter was “practically blind” and has since gone on to defy all the odds.
“I always say to her there are no limits to what she can do. She can still make what she wants out of life,” she said.
“When I look at her at the top of those ramps, I think of her as a baby that used to react only to light and not your face. I’m really proud, she’s shown such determination.”
After catching the attention of fellow skaters and skateboarding organisations such as Girl Skate UK, Georgia-Rose has even been featured by GapKids ED, the new children’s collection for Gap by Ellen DeGeneres aimed at empowering young girls.
But with her feet still firmly planted on the board, Georgia-Rose regularly practices at The Works Skatepark, in Hunslet, and travels the country to compete. She also hopes to inspire other children to skate.
Georgia-Rose added: “The thing I really enjoy about skating is it’s one big community and one big family and when I can’t get a trick people encourage me. I love learning new tricks.”