Skateboard coaching clinics
TOO COOL for school.
Pro skateboarders Leon Mollenhauer and Rudi Minelli will be leading the grommie games and coaching clinics at Gayndah’s skate park next week.
Mollenhauer, who first visited for the 2013 Orange Festival, was excited about this invitation from UnitingCare Community in Gayndah.
“This visit is more about the teaching and the games,” Mollenhauer said.
Children will be taught in age groups, and those as young as four were welcome to attend the coaching clinics, he said.
The morning clinics will teach beginners the basics of skateboard, safety and skate park etiquette, while more advanced skateboarders would be taught new skills and tricks.
The afternoons would be dedicated to grommie games, such as tic tac races, longest manuals, slalom, and crab-walk, spinning or 360 competitions.
A skateboard veteran at 37, Mollenhauer described the games as a great way to practice balance and skills.
He started at age 10, and in his prime competed around the Sunshine Coast.
“Now, I’m dedicated to teaching and am available for private coaching.” His biggest thrill? “I love seeing them when they do their first trick.”
He described the persistence of a Year 7 student whose face broke into a grin after trying a trick about 50 times, and the confidence skateboarding can give youngsters with problems.
“The troubled kids, some with mild depression, don’t want to talk and hang their head down,” he said.
“Once they learn a trick, the self-belief comes.”
Coaching helped, and kids learnt more quickly, he said.
Free boards and helmets will be provided for use on April 6 and 7 at Gayndah Skatepark, and all participants will receive a free prize pack.
To register, contact Skateboarding Australia at email@example.com.