All ages learn at skate park

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bar­clay White Bar­clay.White@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

YOU are never too old to skate, but you might fall off a few times at first.

That was the mes­sage from skate in­struc­tor Lize-Mari Loots as she showed some ea­ger kids and a few ea­ger adults their way around a board.

The Red Frogs Australia co-or­di­na­tor was guest of hon­our for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Mount Perry Skate Park at the week­end.

“We re­ally came down to show them that any­one can do it,” Ms Loots said.

The kids of Mount Perry have been itch­ing for their very own skate park for years but the cost was pro­hib­i­tive for the small town.

Irene Duda from Mount Perry Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion said about $140,000 was needed to be raised to get the skate park built.

“We started all this last year in July,” Ms Duda said.

“There is re­ally not a lot here for the kids to do so we thought this would be good.”

But the kids weren’t the only ones im­pressed with the new track with Coun­cil­lor John Bowen putting his feet on a board and learn­ing a few moves.

“That was my first time (on a skate board),” Cr Bowen said.

But Ms Loots was a bit scep­ti­cal of Mr Bowen’s skills on the board.

“He didn’t fall off be­cause he was hold­ing on to me,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW SKATER: Coun­cil­lor John Bowen learn­ing some new moves from Lize-Mari Loots.

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