Maclean and Alstonville face off in skate competition
A SKATE competition between Maclean and Alstonville high schools may well be the only one of its kind in the state.
Maclean High School teacher and organiser Alan Skipper said since the competition last Wednesday, which saw students from Alstonville travel to show their stuff at the Yamba skatepark, he had searched for others in New South Wales.
"I did three or four Google searches on high school skate competitions, but there were no other obvious competitions at all, let alone an inter-schools one,” Mr Skipper said.
"I would love to know if there's another school doing it. There's a possibility that we've set the precedent in the Clarence Valley.”
Mr Skipper said the idea came after the success of a competition among Maclean High School students.
"That first competition was such a positive experience, I invited ten schools roughly and had positive responses from most of those,” he said.
"Unfortunately being the end of term quite a few people pulled out last minute, but we're committed to running a bigger one next year.”
Despite many schools pulling out, the addition of another school team really raised the bar in terms of performance.
"Maclean had the home advantage so we didn't worry about pitting the two schools against each other, but I think Alstonville went away inspired,” Mr Skipper said.
"The level of skating was much better than the school competition - everybody's been spending a lot more time practising - and the judges from the Nan and Pop skate boutique (in Evans Head) are such a good influence and inspired everybody to go bigger and harder.
"If you look at some of the Instagram feeds the kids just had an absolute ball.
"There's a nice buzz going around the school too, about what's been happening for the skaters.”