Skate park event ready to shred

Local skaters, BMXers and scooter-riders will have the opportunity to compete for a regional place as part of the Australian Skate Park League series held at Millicent Skate Park on Sunday.

Held in partnership with YMCA Action Sports, Skate Australia, Aus Cycling and Wattle Range Council, locals and out-of-towners are expected to take part in the event.

The scooter, BMX and skateboard competitions are a part of a structured and interconnected Australian Skate Park League series held across the country.

YMCA Action Sports Specialist Lily Smith said the competition at Millicent was a chance for young locals to showcase their talent. 

“There are some amazing up and coming skaters, scooter-riders and BMXers. These competitions give them the spotlight they deserve,” Ms Smith said.

She also said that this program, as well as skateboarding being added to the Tokyo Olympic Games, was changing the face of traditional skateboarding.

“The series presents a great opportunity for young skateboarders to harness their skill and progress through a structured national pathway,” she said.

There are more than 100 Skate Park League events a year, making up the Australian Skate Park League, which is the biggest and most established grass roots skateboard, scoot and BMX series in Australia.

The SA competitions make up one part of YMCA’s national pathway program which are held in skate parks across the nation. As well as showcasing talent the league also creates opportunities for young people to gain experiential practical training in skate park event management.  

The Millicent round has been brought to life through a partnership between Wattle Range Council, YMCA SA, Aus Cycling and Skate Australia.  

Other major sponsors of the SA League include Element, Goliath, Skater Maps, Scooter Hut and Root Industries.

For anyone interested in learning how to skate, Millicent Skate Park will be hosting an ‘All Aboard Skateboarding Session’ on Friday. Open and free to all ages with skateboards provided.

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