founder & project manager
Hey, I'm Pia! I'm a studied psychologist and sports scientist from Germany. For 10 years I have been living in my home of choice, Innsbruck, Austria.
I founded SKAID in spring 2017 when I had spent some time abroad, finished my studies and couldn't make excuses for not taking action in the refugee crisis anymore . I had been thinking about starting a project but didn't quite know how and at first didn't find people with the same motivation ("no time, no need").
I finally found the courage to start the project on my own and am now very very happy to have found lots of support by the local skate community and a team that is skilled, funny and above all kind hearted from top to toe.
As I watch our young participants improve I really get the impression that SKAID will help them to find their place in our society and will contribute to their growing into self-confident adults.
My wish is that they will be able to identify with something else than just cultural background or nationality and that through that shared identity and passion they will find friends anywhere in the world they might go in the future.
trainer, graphic design, good soul since the very beginning
Hi, I am Tun, one of the trainers at SKAID. I have been skateboarding for about 18 years now, i can‘t remember for sure. The only thing i am sure about though is that I loved skateboarding since day one and could not let it go. It is a fun sport with lots of room for creative self expression.
That‘s something I always wanted to share. A lot of the kids that I train now never stood on a skateboard before they came to Innsbruck, and now they explore the city with a board under their feet nearly on a daily basis. That also makes me a proud trainer! Besides skateboarding i am working as an architect in Innsbruck.
project coordinator Skaid Climb
Hey, I'm Josefa, 33 years old and I've been living in Innsbruck since 2017.
I'm working on becoming an art therapist and live and social counselor. Since spring 2021 I'm part of the
SKAID team. I'm supporting Pia doing the project coordination for Skaid and helping in the organization
of our projects. In summer 2022, I planned and organized the project SKART, which is combining art therapy and therapeutic skateboarding.
I'm a colourful and open person, always interested in new experiences and educations.
My motivation to become part of the project is the belief that sport is a strong method to connect people from
different backgrounds. I think all sports should be available for everybody, no matter what their life looks like.
I love being outside in the mountains, go climbing, take risks and overcome my fears. Those are experiences that
help so much in building up self-esteem and a positive view on life. I want to share this experiences with the
young people. It makes me happy to see our participants having fun climbing and watch them evolve!
trainer, organizational support
Holaaaaa, my name is Locke and if I'm not pushing on my skateboard through Innsbruck, you can
find me giving skaid classes or organizing stuff in our office. I finished my bachelor in economics health
and sports and am currently studying sociology. I got into skateboarding in 2017 and can't get enough
of it. My absolute dream trick would be a FS smith grind...working on that haha.
What I love most about skateboarding is that you can see cities like huge playgrounds and see new obstacles on every corner. And the community of course.