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As a 14-year-old girl, Ameena Barakeh fell in love with skateboarding in spite of the fact that she had never tried it.Soon, Barakeh's love of the sport began to seep through into other areas of her life.Having graduated, Barakeh decided to take the project further. She launched her own company, SK8 96,1 in the summer of 2012, and was selected as one of the 15 finalists in MTV Lebanon's Ideaz Prize competition in December that year.As a member of the Lebanese Skateboarding Association, founded in 2011 to promote interest in the sport and help it expand, Barakeh already knew there were some 300 skateboarders in the country.To date, SK8 961's boards, the base and bottom of which are decorated with Lebanese-inspired designs produced by Barakeh and an artist friend, come in three varieties. Added to this, Barakeh has designed an app, downloadable on Android phones, which is helping to create a regional network of skateboarders.At the same time, Barakeh runs regular workshops for young skaters in Sidon and across the country, helping to spread her love of the sport to a new audience.
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