About Us

Better Bearings, founded in 2014, is owned and operated by Kerryn Brownson, in Sellicks Beach, South Australia. 

Kerryn is a passionate Skater, has been skating for over 35 years. She started at a very young and her first job, was at the local recreation center running the skate sessions after school, on the weekends, and during school holidays. Skating became her life throughout high school. Once Kerryn gained full-time employment she didn't have as much time for skating.

Kerryn rediscovered skating later in life with the resurgence of Roller Derby. She trained herself every day, tried out for Adelaide Roller Derby, and made it onto the Wild Hearses Team. Soon after Kerryn received the wonderful news that she was pregnant so she hung up her skates, and helped benched the team for a year until her son Harry came along. Being a single mum, Kerryn couldn't afford babysitters for two training's a week, plus bouts, etc so she had to quit the team. 

Kerryn Brownson Roller Derby Player Wild Hearses 

 

 

Determined not to lose skating in her life again,  Kerryn looked for a way to be able to earn an income whilst looking after her son full time.  Kerryn got a casual job with Skate SA, running monthly events like come and try skating for local councils. This job came with the use of a skate trailer and Kerryn founded Skatescool Australia (now Skate Society). She started teaching one lesson a week, which expanded into lessons 4-7 times a week, she also taught school students as part of their Physical Education class, she taught adult fitness classes, called skatercise, she ran roller discos for local communities, doing weekly roller disco birthday parties, pop-up roller rinks etc. She then expanded into eCommerce and then open her bricks-and-mortar skate shop. 

 Here is look at her time at Skatescool 

 

Kerryn Teaching Skating in a School

 
Skatercise Roller Skate Class - Kerryn Brownson Wheres Wally
Kerryn purchased Better Bearings in 2017 and sold Skatescool in 2018. In her time with Skatescool she has personally taught over three thousand Adults and Children to roller skate.  Kerryn still a single mum, is passionate about growing Better Bearings and about supplying high quality, stylish, affordable bearings, and using business as a force for good.
The bearings we use at Better Bearings are the highest performing from many, many trials……put through rigorous testing by some of Australia’s best skaters including the boys from Brisbane City Rollers ...and when they stopped breaking, we knew we had the right combination.

    Better Bearings donates 5% of profits to UN Women Australia.

    In May 2021 Better Bearings announced that moving forward 5% of their profits will go to UN Women Australia

    UN Women Australia is a registered charity raising funds for, and awareness of, UN Women’s platform to accelerate gender equality worldwide. UN Women is the United Nations agency for women’s empowerment and gender equality, focusing on ending violence, ending poverty and increasing women's leadership.

    Violence against women is a grave violation of human rights. It comes in many forms and its impacts are deep.

    Women of all ages, race, culture and socio-economic situations experience domestic or intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual violence in conflict and gender-related killings. In fact, it is estimated that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their life.

    These forms of violence result in immediate and long-term physical, sexual and mental health consequences, while also preventing women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also families, communities and countries at large.

    While decades of campaigning has put ending gender-based violence high on national and international agendas, there is still not enough being done to prevent violence.

    UN Women works to prevent and respond to violence against women across the globe by:

    Expanding access to services, such as mental, physical and sexual health care, post-rape care and counselling;
    Implementing initiatives to address sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces;
    Improving knowledge and providing guidance around implementing laws, policies and programs; and
    Advocating to end violence against women through the Secretary General’s UNiTE to end violence against women campaign.

      Your purchase from Better Bearings helps to support the world’s largest movement for gender equality, ensuring that women and girls are safe from violence and free to have choice and opportunity.

      You can see Better Bearings Authority to fundraise here.

       

      Better Bearings Using Business as a Force for Good - May 2019 to April 2021

       

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