On a roll for skate festival

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Nine year old Marley Weir will join in the fun at Everything Skate this Saturday.
Camera IconNine year old Marley Weir will join in the fun at Everything Skate this Saturday. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Albany youth will skate, ride and roll into the weekend, with the Everything Skate festival putting skate park sports on the map.

The Albany Sk8 and BMX Park will host coaching clinics, demonstrations and a competition as part of a venture between the City of Albany and Rollin’ Youth.

Rollin’ Youth skate coach Vanessa Moore said skating taught young people an important message — when life knocks you down, get up again and keep going.

“Skateboarding teaches you perseverance,” she said.

“I think a lot of people are scared to give it a go, and then when they learn the basics, all of a sudden a whole new world opens up. I have taught thousands of kids around the State and I see that it builds confidence, because it gives kids something that empowers them. There are so many avenues that you can explore and new things to learn.”

City of Albany community services director Susan Kay said she hoped Everything Skate would help youth bond through a shared interest.

“It is fantastic to be able to offer coaching clinics for our young skateboarders who will be able to learn new tricks and improve their skating skills while mentoring each other and sharing tips,” she said.

There will be an information session on the planned Youth Challenge Park, where the City wants to get information about the future of the precinct.

The Youth Challenge Park would be situated alongside the skate park and feature dirt jumps, a pump track, parkour, and a skate bowl.

It would also be used as a home base for the Albany Mountain Bike Club..

“With our major projects team and design consultants there to take on all feedback on the Youth Challenge Park, it is a great opportunity for skaters, BMX and MTB riders to have their say on the future of an area they value and respect,” Ms Kay said.

Everything Skate kicks off at 10am on Saturday. To book a spot in the clinics or competition, go to everythingsk8.eventbrite.com.au.

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