TOLOSA Park played host to round two of the Tasmanian Skatepark League recently, as nearly 100 skateboarding and BMX competitors from across Tasmania converged to battle it out for the chance to compete in the national finals.
Organised by the YMCA in conjunction with Glenorchy City Council and Jimmy’s Skate and Street, the competition runs over five rounds with the overall winners in each division qualifying to compete on a national level.
Master of ceremonies and major sponsor for the event Jimmy McMacken, from Jimmy’s Skate and Street, said the event saw a huge turn out of local skaters and BMX enthusiasts.
“The skateboarding and BMX was of the highest quality in Australia,” he said.
“The skateboarding saw approximately 70 competitors fight it out, with the open girls event seeing a record 30-plus competitors in 12-and-under, 16-and-under and the open divisions.
“BMX saw approximately 20 competitors in 14-and-under and open.”
Mr McMacken said the highlight of the day was the under-16 final.
“This saw Beau Kelly and Daniel Mason duke it out with the most amazing skateboarding from 15-year-olds that I have ever seen,” he said.
“The crowd was in a frenzy with Beau just coming out on top.
“The opens also saw a great battle between Fergus Doherty, Laif Johannesen and Brendon Hill, from Launceston, with Laif pulling out all the moves to just pip Brendon at the post.
“It was a great day with a crowd of nearly 500, which is the biggest crowd that has been to a competition in Glenorchy.”
For more information, visit www.skatepark.ymca.org.au.