Michael Mitchell of Murwillumbah rips it up at the Youth Week skate competition in Murwillumbah.
Michael Mitchell of Murwillumbah rips it up at the Youth Week skate competition in Murwillumbah. John Gass

Skaters roll up for huge finale

KIDS from all over the Tweed Shire descended on Murwillumbah’s Knox Park yesterday for a massive skating competition to mark the unofficial conclusion to Youth Week.

Organiser and St Joseph’s Youth Service worker Tabitha Loffler said the event brought out the best in young skaters and BMX riders.

“Today’s event was all about the young people, and you could see they just loved it,” Ms Loffler said.

“It was all about them and their skate culture and it truly brings out the best in them.

“The older guys were helping the younger guys and made sure everyone had a go.

“That was really good to see, because it wasn’t us adults pushing them to be nice, it was just happening.”

Ms Loffler said the skate park was surrounded by a crowd of participants and skating fans, as well as their friends and families.

“It was fantastic; a really awesome turnout,” Ms Loffler said.

“The BMX was fantastic. We had people doing backflips and 360s.

It was really amazing to watch.”

The Youth Service hopes to run similar skating competitions on a regular basis.

“We’ll probably start running them every three months and we’ll definitely do it again next year,” Ms Loffler said.

Also bringing a rocking end to Youth Week was the final of the Tweed Battle of the Bands on Thursday night, with Byron Bay urban groove kids Lifeline taking the crown.

The band has won for themselves a massive prize including the opportunity to play alongside two local bands of renown, T.O.U.C.H and Soldier Crabs, at youth festival Shakefest in Coolangatta on May 1 and a photo shoot with KAZmedia Photography.



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