Flying high at fun day

April 12, 2017

Flying high: Ben Lee-Madgwick gets some air on the skate park.

New skills: OwnLife's Richard Flude (second from left) with a group of eager skateboarding skills workshop participants.

Delicious: Josie and Ron Munro and Dick Cole run the Strathmerton Lions Club sausage sizzle.

Fun day out: Alexis Price, 6, shows off her pretty face decoration.

The sun was shining as dozens of eager skateboarders and scooters took to the skatepark at Strathmerton for the Family Fun Day on Friday.

As well as skating workshops by OwnLife Skateboarding, there was plenty to entertain, including local musicians, face painting, fairyfloss, snow cones, sports activities and a free sausage sizzle provided by the Strathmerton Lions Club.

Moira Shire Council’s Hollie Barnes said it had been a really wonderful day with a great turnout.

‘‘It’s been wonderful to see the support from the community,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s great to have so many different activities for a day like this in a rural township.’’

OwnLife’s Richard Flude was busy running skating and scooting workshops and training for youngsters, and said it had been a great day.

‘‘It’s really great we’ve been able to do these sessions with Moira Shire,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s concentrated to a beginner environment, we’ve been doing a lot of roll-ins and basic skills like drop-ins, turning, and general ramp skills, as well as fakeys and kick turns.’’

Mr Flude said he was also helping young scooters learn proper techniques on the ramp while facing forward, unlike skateboarders who faced sideways.

The afternoon session concluded with a mini-competition for children to show off their newly-acquired skills.

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