The first ever official skateboarding competition for the Central West region of NSW will be holding an event in Mudgee later this year.
The Office of Sport will be holding regional heats in Cowra, Manildra, Bathurst, Parkes, Orange, Dubbo, Young, Millthorpe and right here in Mudgee from September this year, with a final to be held in Orange in January 2019.
According to the Mudgee Guardian, the Office of Sport is bringing the skateboarding competition to regional areas to create pathways for local skaters. Skateboarding is gaining increasing recognition as a sport and is set to feature for the first time in the upcoming program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The NSW Office of Sport will be working with regional councils as well as the Australian Skateboarding Federation and Bluntside Sk8 Park Tours to put on the skating events.
There will be four divisions per competition – U12s mixed, U16s mixed, Womens and Opens. Everyone is welcome to enter at a cost of $5 per entry.
Skateboarding, scootering and BMX riding will feature in the heats dependent on local interest and participation, so if you want to make sure your favourite sport features then make sure to get involved.
Mudgee’s heat is set to take place on December 1.
Skating is a popular pastime for many young people in the Mudgee region. We are fortunate to have access to skate parks at Mudgee and Gulgong, both due to receive major upgrades.
The skate competition will be a great way to encourage more people to make use of the region’s fantastic skate parks and support healthy and active living.
For local skaters the competition will also be a fantastic opportunity to show off their skills and potentially even use it as a pathway to make it onto the world stage.