Youths jump at chance

PACKED PARK: Over 50 competitors tested their mettle across skate, bike and scooter divisions at Millicent Skate Park last weekend.

MILLICENT’s nautical-themed skatepark was flooded by eager skateboard, bicycle and scooter riders for the town’s third annual Skate Park League event.

Over 50 competitors took part in the Saturday competition, which followed skate clinics on Friday with an extra session required to meet demand.

The clinics were a key part of the two-day event with youths exposed to new skills and tricks in a safe environment, an important aspect given the lack of local coaches for the sport.

More than 250 people gathered for Saturday’s competition with Limestone Coast entrants facing off against visiting rivals, including YMCA Skate Park League followers from the Murray Bridge and Adelaide areas.

“It was fantastic to hear that so many visitors from across the region and the state came to Millicent for the event,” Wattle Range Council economic development manager Roger Babolka said.

“A crew of around 30 people (comprising participants, family and friends) travelled from Adelaide, Murray Bridge and Victor Harbour to attend the event,” he said.

Mr Babolka also highlighted the Adelaide-based Chicks on Wheels team, which visited the region.

“With a crew of female-only skaters, the team was formed to encourage females in action sports such as skate, scoot, BMX and motocross to be active, social and build self-confidence and resilience,” Mr Babolka said.

Headspace provided a social space for youths and Millicent Lions volunteers served hot food throughout the day.

T-shirts featuring the iconic Squid of the Millicent Skate Park, donated by Imagine Millicent, were presented to members of the YMCA Skate Event team.

We would like to extend our thanks to the YMCA Skate Park League who make this event possible, with a big shout out to Alice Hogan, Josh Smith and Simon Ingels from the YMCA SPL Adelaide team.”