With their own gear in tow, young people came with a fire in their belly to hit the ramps at the Stawell skate park on October 7, 2017, otherwise known as CGLLEN Skate Park Day. This annual event is hosted as a FReeZA (Ararat) and Engage! event.
FReeZA is a Victorian State Government initiative to support all ages drug, alcohol and smoke free entertainment for 12 to 25 year olds.
Skate Park Day welcomed young people from across the Grampians including Stawell and Ararat. CGLLEN helped transport young people from Ararat to Stawell for the big event.
The day started with free time in which young people could warm up on the ramps and around the park. A team of Havoc Pro Scooters then hit the ramp demonstrating their skills, tricks and athletic abilities. They soared across the ramps and made some serious air whilst flipping or rotating their scooters to show off some great tricks.
After this, there were various kinds of scooter, skateboard and BMX jams and time slots allocated to age groups, giving everyone a chance ride, practice and show off their skills in the skate park.
There were drones flying above the skaters’ heads and the park to capture some of the action of the day. The drones were flown by CGLLEN’s very own Grampians Drone Zone participants. See the above video for some of that footage.
After each jam, those who participated were in the running to win some amazing prizes, donated to CGLLEN Skate Park Day by a few generous sponsors: Havoc Pro Scooters, Strictly BMX, Rampfest, Globe Skateboards, Gold Reef, Bi-Rite Stawell, Sportspower Stawell, Arcadeon, Ararat Newsagency, True Blue Tattoo, Pyke’s Pets and Cycles, SkaterHQ and SkinCo Ararat.
Prizes were abundant and diverse, including: stickers, waterbottles, t-shirts, hats, scooter grips, wheels, a complete skateboard deck, bicycles, and brand new scooters.
They were also treated to a free BBQ at lunch time, with the option to buy a cake or cupcake to raise money for CGLLEN’s forthcoming Youth Hub. We raised a whopping $111.80 from cupcake sales which CGLLEN is excited to invest straight into the Ararat Youth Hub (12twentyfive)!
The end of the day saw the young people sporting their very own CGLLEN Skate Park Day t-shirts, some even signed by the pro scooters who showed off their skills earlier in the day.
Central Grampians LLEN would like to thank all those who participated on the day, all the sponsors who donated prizes, and Havoc Pro Scooters for performing and donating additional prizes.
See you again next year!
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