Skateboarders are being challenged to rip it this month, when Maitland City Council hosts Maitland Shred on Saturday 24 April.
Capping off National Youth Week 2021, the inaugural skateboard competition will invite riders of skateboards, scooters and bikes to showcase their talents at the Harold Gregson Skate Park for their chance to win an array of prizes.
The event will be the first of four upcoming dates funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and supported by Skate Connection.
Categories will include skateboard, scooter, and bike in Under 12’s, Under 18’s and Under 24’s age groups, as well as rollerblading and rollerskating in an Open age group.
Maitland Shred can include novices, more advanced, and even professional skaters, and will also allow local skate companies and local service providers to connect with young people.
Prizes will be awarded for best trick, biggest air and longest grind or manual.
Registration for the event is free, with gates opening at 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and finishing up at 4.00pm.
Council’s Coordinator Recreation and Community Planning Emily Livens says, “Events like Maitland Shred are important to young people and help them be more physically active and feel better connected to their community.
“Through consultation sessions, young people have been involved in developing this competition to help best cater the event to suit their needs.
“We encourage all interested individuals to register and get involved in the upcoming event dates.”
Metford, Rutherford and Lawes Street Skate Park are all scheduled to host competition dates later in the year.
As part of the youth project, Council will be holding mural design and painting events on recreational rebound walls across the city.
The first of these events will be held in Gillieston Heights on Saturday 26 May.
To register and find out more information, visit www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/maitlandshred