News

Skateboarders hone in on skills

SbA clinic co-host Scott Standley (left) with local skaters from Palmers Island Clay Penman, Ari Bradley and Chat Bradley.
SbA clinic co-host Scott Standley (left) with local skaters from Palmers Island Clay Penman, Ari Bradley and Chat Bradley. Kate Matthews

SKATERS across the Clarence Valley have been learning new tricks thanks to a series of clinics being offered across the region.

Hosted by Skateboarding Australia (SbA) the clinics are a great opportunity to learn from some of Australia's leading skaters.

Targeted at younger kids, free events are being held at Yamba, Maclean, Wooli, Copmanhurst and Coutts Crossing this week and Yamba's skatepark was busier than usual yesterday with about 30 kids aged from four to 13 enjoying some one-on-one coaching from Melbourne-based skateboarder Scott Standley.

"The clinics give the kids tips on safety and skater's etiquette as well as teaching them the basics and helping them to improve their skills," Mr Standley said.

He said the program also provides access to quality boards, helmets and pads, so even kids without the essential gear can give it a go.

"Skateboarding is really big, especially in this area," he said

Nine-year-old Clay Penman from Palmers Island said it was great to ride a "good" skateboard and said he and his mates couldn't wait to have another go next time the clinic was in town

"I don't have a board like this at home," he said.

Ari Bradley, also from Palmers Island, agreed.

"I hope I can go to the next one; it's been really good," said Ari.

Today kids in Wooli will get a chance to pump and grind at their new skatepark with a clinic from 9am and an afternoon session 12.30pm.

On Tuesday the clinic moves on to Coutts Crossing and Grafton, finishing in Copmanhurst on Wednesday.

For more info or to register for a clinic, visit sba.org.au.

Topics:  grafton, skateboarding australia




Missing trainer Bindi Cheers located

Trainer of Grafton Cup Prelude winner Zar Zar Binks Bindi Cheers has a joke with jokcey Matt Paget at the presentation. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Horse trainer found three days after she went missing

Asbestos, weather add costs, delay park project

Progress on the upgrade on McLachlan Park in Maclean.

An asbestos find will add $105,000 to a council project.

Up to 10,000 to be hit hard by greyhounds ban

The greyhound industry wants time and the opportunity to prove that the sport can be viable and sustainable.

"A disaster for regional and outer-metropolitan communities"

Latest deals and offers

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

Three reasons your mind will be blown this week

Alan Dale and Jacki Weaver in a scene from the TV series Secret City.

THREE shows on Foxtel to make your mind boggle.

Elena wins MasterChef: “I’m ecstatic and eager to celebrate"

MasterChef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan, from Noosa.

NOOSA chefs survive marathon grand final dish by Heston Blumenthal.

Shannen Doherty shaves hair during cancer battle

Shannen Doherty has completely shaved off her hair

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started