Cities unite for skate, BMX, scooter event

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Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and Stirling counterpart Mark Irwin have joined forces to promote the first event in the 2020 Skate Park Festival.

The opening competition – jointly hosted by the Cities of Joondalup and Stirling – will be held at Carine Skate Park on Saturday 1 February 2020.

The Carine event will feature skateboard, scooter and BMX competitions in the 11-12, 13-16, 17 and above and open girls (11-25) age groups.

A Welcome to Country and Indigenous Smoking Ceremony will be part of proceedings and there will be plenty of other FREE activities to keep spectators entertained including inflated amusements, art therapy and art workshops, giveaways and music.

Local youth and community services providers will also be on hand to chat to young people.

Both Local Governments are holding Skateboarding WA clinics during the school holidays through Skateboarding WA in the lead up to the series opener.

The two mayors engaged in some friendly banter about their respective skateboarding skills when they took part in a recent photo shoot to promote the Carine competition.

Mayor Jacob said it was pleasing that two of Perth’s largest Local Governments had again come together to deliver such a significant event for young people.

“The City of Joondalup has a focus on providing regular outlets for boys and girls to pursue healthy and active lifestyles in safe and supportive environments,” he said.

“Last year, we had a record number of female entrants in the overall series and we hope to better that outcome in 2020. I encourage boys and girls of all ages to take part in this fantastic whole-of-community event and the others to follow this summer.”

Mayor Irwin said: “The timing for the skate festival couldn’t be better, as the City of Stirling has a newly-created youth team that’s extremely enthusiastic about helping deliver exciting events like this one to the community,” he said.

“Looking at previous skate fests held in conjunction with the City of Joondalup, it’s set to be big fun and a great way to celebrate local young people as well as their skate, BMX and scooter skills.”

Later in February, the City of Joondalup will hold two Skate Park Festival events at Kinross Skate Park (Saturday 8 February 2020) and Mirror Park Skate Park, Ocean Reef (Saturday 22 February 2020).

Registration for all three events can be done on competition day from 12noon as well as online (see y-lounge.com.au for details) with each competition running from 1.00pm-5.00pm. Entry is $3.30.

An additional BMX-only competition will be staged on Saturday 15 February at the pump and jump track at Shepherds Bush Reserve, Kingsley. Registration is from 2.00pm. The event starts at 3.00pm. Entry is $3.30.

For further information visit y-lounge.com.au or call 9400 4929.