Passion for speed: Inline Speed Skating in Uganda   “Go, go, go, go, go!” yells Ssenyojo Isaac, Ugandan inline speed skater when his teammates whiz by during the first inline speed skating competition in Uganda. Few hundred people showed up to watch this sport they never heard about and a couple of local TV stations are covering the races. The event was organized by skaters themselves and Ugandans want to show off their best against the competition from Kenya and Rwanda.  Just a few years ago, there were no inline speed skaters in Uganda. Paved roads and skating equipment were rare in this equatorial country. Skating began as a novelty in the streets of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, when a few guys started skating for fun and to cut costs on transportation by holding onto commuter minivans. But over time some of the skaters learned about speed skating as a sport, and along with two self-taught coaches started to practice in earnest. A small group evolved organically — some skaters were friends of the coaches and the pioneering skaters, yet others saw them practicing and joined the group. Now, this agile group practices the art of inline skating together with enthusiasm in the only place they can really open up – Mandela National Stadium's parking lot.  Every weekend — and when time permits, during the week — they gather in the vast parking lot. Here they practice their passion, inline skating, on the best piece of asphalt in town. The biggest hurdles they face are equipment and time. There aren’t enough professional skates to go around, parts and skates wear out, and there are no institutions or corporate sponsors to support skaters in Uganda. Most skaters also need to work long hours to sustain themselves and their families outside of these precious few hours of athletics. Despite these challenges, the skaters organized several regional competitions, and competed in international ones in Kenya and as far as South Korea. The best skaters aspire to become professionals, and for others, they do it just for the love of the sport.      Inline skaters from Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, and Cameroon begin the 5000m race during Africa Inline Speed Roller Skating Championships held at Moi International Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. For most of Ugandan skaters the Championship held in Kenya was the only big international competition they could attend. Races in more distant countries are financially out of their reach.
       
     
 Mugabi Julius at Jubilee Ice Rink at Tirupati Mall in Nsambya neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Julius works at the ice rink, which has synthetic ice surface. He helps people learn how to skate and supervises the activities. Most of the clients are children and their families.
       
     
 Mugabi Julius poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Julius is Uganda's top inline skating sprinter.
       
     
 Skaters warm up before the practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Every weekend a group of about twenty children and youth gather at the Stadium to practice inline skating.
       
     
 Inline speed skater passes behind a group playing volleyball at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. When there is no event at the stadium, the parking lot is open to the public. Skaters share it with others who come to the parking lot for recreation or are just passing through. They have to weave around pedestrians, avoid bicycles and duck stray balls.
       
     
 At the end of the skating practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda, Kisitu Joseph helps Birungi Janat make a back handstand while Namuwaya Patricia watches.
       
     
 Kisitu Joseph stands by the road in Nyanama neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. He's married and father of a young boy. To make a living he walks six days a week from morning to evening around different neighbourhoods of Kampala, selling women's clothes to passers-by and to women working in small shops.
       
     
 Kisitu Joseph poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Joseph has competed in several regional inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya. Sometimes he skips practice in order to make money for his family by selling clothes.
       
     
 Kisitu Joseph skates at the National Council of Sports' parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Skaters gathered at the Council for official announcement of their participation in a regional competition in Kenya. 
       
     
 Ugandan inline speed skater Ssenyojo Isaac cheers for his teammates during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition that skaters organized in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     
 Ugandan inline speed skater passes by the spectators during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     
 Skates are packed in a bag during Africa Inline Speed Roller Skating Championships held at Moi International Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. Lack of equipment is a main reason Ugandan skaters can't practice as much as they would like. Sometimes they have to share skates and practice by taking turns.
       
     
 Namuwaya Patricia sits on a bench outside of a classroom at her secondary school, Mukono Comprehensive Senior School in Bweyogerere, Kampala, Uganda. On her knees she has wounds from falling during inline skating practice.
       
     
 Namuwaya Patricia poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Patricia is the best female skater in Uganda and has participated in several competitions in Uganda, Kenya and South Korea.
       
     
 Ugandan and Kenyan female inline speed skaters watch a skating video during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition that skaters organized in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     
 Team mates treat a wound sustained during inline skating practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Parking lot's uneven surface, lack of standard safety equipment such as wrist-guards and gloves, and the need to avoid other people playing recreational sports on the same parking lot result in many falls and injuries.
       
     
 Mugabi Julius instructs his teammates Senkungu Sula, Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale), Ssenyojo Isaac, and Kisitu Joseph before the start of 2nd East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     
 Coach Ddungu Moses carries skates on a road close to his home in Kabalagala, neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Moses is a self-thought inline skating coach. Most of his knowledge comes from watching skating videos.
       
     
 Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale) repairs generator in the compound of Silk Events, an events company in Kampala, Uganda. Kitintale has been skating since 2010 and has competed in several international competitions in Uganda and Kenya. He is strongest in distance races. Sometimes his work takes him on the road around Uganda and he wishes he would have more time for practice.
       
     
 Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale) poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Kitintale is Uganda's best long distance skater. 
       
     
 Skater holds on to the back of a commuter minivan on Jinja road in Kampala, Uganda. Some skaters do this to travel faster, but Uganda Skating Federation discourages the practice. There have been reports of injuries and even deaths among youth that hold on to vans.
       
     
 Kisitu Joseph speeds past spectators during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     
 Kisitu Joseph rests after a trial race  at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Before international competitions, skaters organize trial races to determine who will participate in competitions.
       
     
 Ssenyojo Isaac talks to a fan at the end of 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, but events are well-attended and skaters have a small fan base.
       
     
 Senkungu Sula works as a DJ in Top Pub in downtown Kampala, Uganda. He spins music from 8pm to 4am six days a week.
       
     
 Senkungu Sula poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Sula is among top Ugandan skaters and has competed in several inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya.
       
     
 Cameraman from a local TV films Mugabi Julius as he is preparing his skates for a race during 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda, while Ugandan coach Ddungu Moses (in red) and Kenyan coach wait for the start of the race. Though inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, local media houses have started to take notice.
       
     
 Kisitu Joseph takes off his skates and gives them to a fellow skater after he finishes a trial race at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Before international competitions, skaters organize trial races to determine who will participate in competitions. Ugandan skaters don't have enough skates for everyone, and skaters have to share them.
       
     
 Ugandan street skater Levy shows his skating skills after the 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Though inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, competitions draw a lot of people.
       
     
 Serugo Geoffrey (aka Kitintale) receives a medal at the 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda.
       
     
 Birungi Janat in Kireka, neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Janat studied to become a nurse but had to stop her studies due to lack of money for school fees.
       
     
 Birungi Janat poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Janat is among top Ugandan skaters and has competed in several regional inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya.
       
     
 Skaters practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The practice starts in late afternoon when the heat is subsiding and lasts past sunset.
       
     
  Passion for speed: Inline Speed Skating in Uganda   “Go, go, go, go, go!” yells Ssenyojo Isaac, Ugandan inline speed skater when his teammates whiz by during the first inline speed skating competition in Uganda. Few hundred people showed up to watch this sport they never heard about and a couple of local TV stations are covering the races. The event was organized by skaters themselves and Ugandans want to show off their best against the competition from Kenya and Rwanda.  Just a few years ago, there were no inline speed skaters in Uganda. Paved roads and skating equipment were rare in this equatorial country. Skating began as a novelty in the streets of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, when a few guys started skating for fun and to cut costs on transportation by holding onto commuter minivans. But over time some of the skaters learned about speed skating as a sport, and along with two self-taught coaches started to practice in earnest. A small group evolved organically — some skaters were friends of the coaches and the pioneering skaters, yet others saw them practicing and joined the group. Now, this agile group practices the art of inline skating together with enthusiasm in the only place they can really open up – Mandela National Stadium's parking lot.  Every weekend — and when time permits, during the week — they gather in the vast parking lot. Here they practice their passion, inline skating, on the best piece of asphalt in town. The biggest hurdles they face are equipment and time. There aren’t enough professional skates to go around, parts and skates wear out, and there are no institutions or corporate sponsors to support skaters in Uganda. Most skaters also need to work long hours to sustain themselves and their families outside of these precious few hours of athletics. Despite these challenges, the skaters organized several regional competitions, and competed in international ones in Kenya and as far as South Korea. The best skaters aspire to become professionals, and for others, they do it just for the love of the sport.      Inline skaters from Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, and Cameroon begin the 5000m race during Africa Inline Speed Roller Skating Championships held at Moi International Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. For most of Ugandan skaters the Championship held in Kenya was the only big international competition they could attend. Races in more distant countries are financially out of their reach.
       
     

Passion for speed: Inline Speed Skating in Uganda

“Go, go, go, go, go!” yells Ssenyojo Isaac, Ugandan inline speed skater when his teammates whiz by during the first inline speed skating competition in Uganda. Few hundred people showed up to watch this sport they never heard about and a couple of local TV stations are covering the races. The event was organized by skaters themselves and Ugandans want to show off their best against the competition from Kenya and Rwanda.

Just a few years ago, there were no inline speed skaters in Uganda. Paved roads and skating equipment were rare in this equatorial country. Skating began as a novelty in the streets of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, when a few guys started skating for fun and to cut costs on transportation by holding onto commuter minivans. But over time some of the skaters learned about speed skating as a sport, and along with two self-taught coaches started to practice in earnest. A small group evolved organically — some skaters were friends of the coaches and the pioneering skaters, yet others saw them practicing and joined the group. Now, this agile group practices the art of inline skating together with enthusiasm in the only place they can really open up – Mandela National Stadium's parking lot.

Every weekend — and when time permits, during the week — they gather in the vast parking lot. Here they practice their passion, inline skating, on the best piece of asphalt in town. The biggest hurdles they face are equipment and time. There aren’t enough professional skates to go around, parts and skates wear out, and there are no institutions or corporate sponsors to support skaters in Uganda. Most skaters also need to work long hours to sustain themselves and their families outside of these precious few hours of athletics. Despite these challenges, the skaters organized several regional competitions, and competed in international ones in Kenya and as far as South Korea. The best skaters aspire to become professionals, and for others, they do it just for the love of the sport. 

 

Inline skaters from Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, and Cameroon begin the 5000m race during Africa Inline Speed Roller Skating Championships held at Moi International Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. For most of Ugandan skaters the Championship held in Kenya was the only big international competition they could attend. Races in more distant countries are financially out of their reach.

 Mugabi Julius at Jubilee Ice Rink at Tirupati Mall in Nsambya neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Julius works at the ice rink, which has synthetic ice surface. He helps people learn how to skate and supervises the activities. Most of the clients are children and their families.
       
     

Mugabi Julius at Jubilee Ice Rink at Tirupati Mall in Nsambya neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Julius works at the ice rink, which has synthetic ice surface. He helps people learn how to skate and supervises the activities. Most of the clients are children and their families.

 Mugabi Julius poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Julius is Uganda's top inline skating sprinter.
       
     

Mugabi Julius poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Julius is Uganda's top inline skating sprinter.

 Skaters warm up before the practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Every weekend a group of about twenty children and youth gather at the Stadium to practice inline skating.
       
     

Skaters warm up before the practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Every weekend a group of about twenty children and youth gather at the Stadium to practice inline skating.

 Inline speed skater passes behind a group playing volleyball at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. When there is no event at the stadium, the parking lot is open to the public. Skaters share it with others who come to the parking lot for recreation or are just passing through. They have to weave around pedestrians, avoid bicycles and duck stray balls.
       
     

Inline speed skater passes behind a group playing volleyball at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. When there is no event at the stadium, the parking lot is open to the public. Skaters share it with others who come to the parking lot for recreation or are just passing through. They have to weave around pedestrians, avoid bicycles and duck stray balls.

 At the end of the skating practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda, Kisitu Joseph helps Birungi Janat make a back handstand while Namuwaya Patricia watches.
       
     

At the end of the skating practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda, Kisitu Joseph helps Birungi Janat make a back handstand while Namuwaya Patricia watches.

 Kisitu Joseph stands by the road in Nyanama neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. He's married and father of a young boy. To make a living he walks six days a week from morning to evening around different neighbourhoods of Kampala, selling women's clothes to passers-by and to women working in small shops.
       
     

Kisitu Joseph stands by the road in Nyanama neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. He's married and father of a young boy. To make a living he walks six days a week from morning to evening around different neighbourhoods of Kampala, selling women's clothes to passers-by and to women working in small shops.

 Kisitu Joseph poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Joseph has competed in several regional inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya. Sometimes he skips practice in order to make money for his family by selling clothes.
       
     

Kisitu Joseph poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Joseph has competed in several regional inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya. Sometimes he skips practice in order to make money for his family by selling clothes.

 Kisitu Joseph skates at the National Council of Sports' parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Skaters gathered at the Council for official announcement of their participation in a regional competition in Kenya. 
       
     

Kisitu Joseph skates at the National Council of Sports' parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Skaters gathered at the Council for official announcement of their participation in a regional competition in Kenya. 

 Ugandan inline speed skater Ssenyojo Isaac cheers for his teammates during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition that skaters organized in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     

Ugandan inline speed skater Ssenyojo Isaac cheers for his teammates during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition that skaters organized in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.

 Ugandan inline speed skater passes by the spectators during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     

Ugandan inline speed skater passes by the spectators during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.

 Skates are packed in a bag during Africa Inline Speed Roller Skating Championships held at Moi International Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. Lack of equipment is a main reason Ugandan skaters can't practice as much as they would like. Sometimes they have to share skates and practice by taking turns.
       
     

Skates are packed in a bag during Africa Inline Speed Roller Skating Championships held at Moi International Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. Lack of equipment is a main reason Ugandan skaters can't practice as much as they would like. Sometimes they have to share skates and practice by taking turns.

 Namuwaya Patricia sits on a bench outside of a classroom at her secondary school, Mukono Comprehensive Senior School in Bweyogerere, Kampala, Uganda. On her knees she has wounds from falling during inline skating practice.
       
     

Namuwaya Patricia sits on a bench outside of a classroom at her secondary school, Mukono Comprehensive Senior School in Bweyogerere, Kampala, Uganda. On her knees she has wounds from falling during inline skating practice.

 Namuwaya Patricia poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Patricia is the best female skater in Uganda and has participated in several competitions in Uganda, Kenya and South Korea.
       
     

Namuwaya Patricia poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Patricia is the best female skater in Uganda and has participated in several competitions in Uganda, Kenya and South Korea.

 Ugandan and Kenyan female inline speed skaters watch a skating video during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition that skaters organized in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     

Ugandan and Kenyan female inline speed skaters watch a skating video during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition that skaters organized in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.

 Team mates treat a wound sustained during inline skating practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Parking lot's uneven surface, lack of standard safety equipment such as wrist-guards and gloves, and the need to avoid other people playing recreational sports on the same parking lot result in many falls and injuries.
       
     

Team mates treat a wound sustained during inline skating practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Parking lot's uneven surface, lack of standard safety equipment such as wrist-guards and gloves, and the need to avoid other people playing recreational sports on the same parking lot result in many falls and injuries.

 Mugabi Julius instructs his teammates Senkungu Sula, Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale), Ssenyojo Isaac, and Kisitu Joseph before the start of 2nd East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     

Mugabi Julius instructs his teammates Senkungu Sula, Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale), Ssenyojo Isaac, and Kisitu Joseph before the start of 2nd East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.

 Coach Ddungu Moses carries skates on a road close to his home in Kabalagala, neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Moses is a self-thought inline skating coach. Most of his knowledge comes from watching skating videos.
       
     

Coach Ddungu Moses carries skates on a road close to his home in Kabalagala, neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Moses is a self-thought inline skating coach. Most of his knowledge comes from watching skating videos.

 Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale) repairs generator in the compound of Silk Events, an events company in Kampala, Uganda. Kitintale has been skating since 2010 and has competed in several international competitions in Uganda and Kenya. He is strongest in distance races. Sometimes his work takes him on the road around Uganda and he wishes he would have more time for practice.
       
     

Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale) repairs generator in the compound of Silk Events, an events company in Kampala, Uganda. Kitintale has been skating since 2010 and has competed in several international competitions in Uganda and Kenya. He is strongest in distance races. Sometimes his work takes him on the road around Uganda and he wishes he would have more time for practice.

 Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale) poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Kitintale is Uganda's best long distance skater. 
       
     

Serugo Geofrey (aka Kitintale) poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Kitintale is Uganda's best long distance skater. 

 Skater holds on to the back of a commuter minivan on Jinja road in Kampala, Uganda. Some skaters do this to travel faster, but Uganda Skating Federation discourages the practice. There have been reports of injuries and even deaths among youth that hold on to vans.
       
     

Skater holds on to the back of a commuter minivan on Jinja road in Kampala, Uganda. Some skaters do this to travel faster, but Uganda Skating Federation discourages the practice. There have been reports of injuries and even deaths among youth that hold on to vans.

 Kisitu Joseph speeds past spectators during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.
       
     

Kisitu Joseph speeds past spectators during the 1st East African inline skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The competition was first international competition in Uganda. Teams from Kenya and Rwanda also participated.

 Kisitu Joseph rests after a trial race  at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Before international competitions, skaters organize trial races to determine who will participate in competitions.
       
     

Kisitu Joseph rests after a trial race  at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Before international competitions, skaters organize trial races to determine who will participate in competitions.

 Ssenyojo Isaac talks to a fan at the end of 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, but events are well-attended and skaters have a small fan base.
       
     

Ssenyojo Isaac talks to a fan at the end of 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, but events are well-attended and skaters have a small fan base.

 Senkungu Sula works as a DJ in Top Pub in downtown Kampala, Uganda. He spins music from 8pm to 4am six days a week.
       
     

Senkungu Sula works as a DJ in Top Pub in downtown Kampala, Uganda. He spins music from 8pm to 4am six days a week.

 Senkungu Sula poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Sula is among top Ugandan skaters and has competed in several inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya.
       
     

Senkungu Sula poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Sula is among top Ugandan skaters and has competed in several inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya.

 Cameraman from a local TV films Mugabi Julius as he is preparing his skates for a race during 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda, while Ugandan coach Ddungu Moses (in red) and Kenyan coach wait for the start of the race. Though inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, local media houses have started to take notice.
       
     

Cameraman from a local TV films Mugabi Julius as he is preparing his skates for a race during 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda, while Ugandan coach Ddungu Moses (in red) and Kenyan coach wait for the start of the race. Though inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, local media houses have started to take notice.

 Kisitu Joseph takes off his skates and gives them to a fellow skater after he finishes a trial race at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Before international competitions, skaters organize trial races to determine who will participate in competitions. Ugandan skaters don't have enough skates for everyone, and skaters have to share them.
       
     

Kisitu Joseph takes off his skates and gives them to a fellow skater after he finishes a trial race at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Before international competitions, skaters organize trial races to determine who will participate in competitions. Ugandan skaters don't have enough skates for everyone, and skaters have to share them.

 Ugandan street skater Levy shows his skating skills after the 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Though inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, competitions draw a lot of people.
       
     

Ugandan street skater Levy shows his skating skills after the 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Though inline speed skating is not a mainstream sport in Uganda, competitions draw a lot of people.

 Serugo Geoffrey (aka Kitintale) receives a medal at the 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda.
       
     

Serugo Geoffrey (aka Kitintale) receives a medal at the 2nd East African inline speed skating competition at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda.

 Birungi Janat in Kireka, neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Janat studied to become a nurse but had to stop her studies due to lack of money for school fees.
       
     

Birungi Janat in Kireka, neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda. Janat studied to become a nurse but had to stop her studies due to lack of money for school fees.

 Birungi Janat poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Janat is among top Ugandan skaters and has competed in several regional inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya.
       
     

Birungi Janat poses in skating gear at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. Janat is among top Ugandan skaters and has competed in several regional inline skating competitions in Uganda and Kenya.

 Skaters practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The practice starts in late afternoon when the heat is subsiding and lasts past sunset.
       
     

Skaters practice at Mandela National Stadium's parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. The practice starts in late afternoon when the heat is subsiding and lasts past sunset.