Tricky conditions no match for skate park contestants

Wintry weather disrupted the scheduled events at the Millicent Skate Park for the first day of the school holidays last Saturday.

Various skate, scooter and BMX competitive events were delayed for a day and tuition sessions were instead staged when the skies cleared.

The training sessions catered for all ages, equipment was provided and were free-of-charge.

Around 20 competitors then took to the Ridge Terrace structure on Sunday.

COVID-related factors had led to the cancellation of last month’s scheduled program.

The Skate Park League competitions travel throughout the regional areas of South Australia.

They are community-based, grass-roots events focused on embracing skate park culture and bringing the community together.

Wattle Range Council development services director Emma Clay said the council had sponsored twice-yearly visits to Millicent since 2017.

“As well as locals, we have people here from Mount Gambier, Warrnambool, Portland and Adelaide,” Ms Clay said.

Among the onlookers at the competition were Millicent resident Kathleen Staude and her 10-year-old grandson Levi Staude from Mount Gambier.

Levi said he would bring his skateboard and helmet on the next Skate Park League visit to Millicent.

The other weekend sponsors were Sport Aus, Skate Australia, Cycling Australia, YMCA SA, Element, Goliath Skate, Skater Maps, Scooter Hut, Root Industries and Own Life.

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