Skate­board coach­ing clin­ics

Central and North Burnett Times - - NATIONAL YOUTHWEEK -

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.

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