Paint­ball tour­na­ment caps of Youth Week events

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Youth Week fin­ished with a bang last Fri­day, when The Base Wick­ham and the Youth Shed hosted a full day of all-out paint­ball war.

About 100 young City of Kar­ratha res­i­dents flocked to Wick­ham Oval where they were decked out in full-length army cam­ou­flage, vests and face masks be­fore en­ter­ing the in­flat­able paint­ball bat­tle­field.

There the troops were di­vided into two teams of five and faced off for supremacy.

Pil­bara com­pany Paint­ball Erup­tion ran the event. Com­pany owner Daniel Lieben­berg said while the the sport had a fun pub­lic im­age, “it’s an in­tense game”.

Some 28 rounds of paint­ball were held over the course of the day, most last­ing no more than five min­utes, with some par­tic­i­pants go­ing back in the ring mul­ti­ple times.

The Youth Shed holds a paint­ball event to cel­e­brate the end of Youth Week ev­ery year.

Red team player Sage Hicks, 15, launches a sur­prise at­tack on the blue team's Ash­ley Van Aardt, 15.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Two teams ready to do bat­tle.

A player sur­ren­ders.

A player ducks out from be­hind cover to take a shot.

Play­ers take aim.

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