Shred­ding, safety, and skills at Skate­fest

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Mailpho­tos by Kyle Smylie Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Skaters from Drumheller and Hanna were treated to skate­board lessons from a pro­fes­sional at Skate­fest on Satur­day at the Drumheller Skate Park. Above, Jaden Boos, 9, Gavin Sis­son, 8, Aden Peevey, 11, and Char­lie Lavie, 6, lis­ten as they are told how to drop into a half­pipe. Right,

While skate­board­ing is one of the most pop­u­lar sports for kids and teenagers, it is also one of the most dan­ger­ous and dif­fi­cult to learn. But on Satur­day lo­cal skaters were given the chance to learn proper tech­nique and safety from a pro­fes­sional at Skate­fest at the Drumheller Skate Park.

Both new and ex­pe­ri­enced skaters spent Satur­day af­ter­noon learn­ing the craft of skate­board­ing from Cal­gary skater Vlad Cor­rea, while also spend­ing time work­ing on per­sonal de­vel­op­ment in group ac­tiv­i­ties at the skatepark and Cen­ten­nial Park.

“We want kids to find some­thing they can love and thrive in, while show­ing there are al­ter­na­tives to smok­ing and drink­ing by high­light­ing the de­vel­op­men­tal as­sets avail­able in the com­mu­nity,” said Jan­ice Hoover, chair of the Drumheller and Area As­set Coali­tion, which spon­sored the free event along­side the Town of Drumheller and Al­berta Health Ser­vices, which funded the event and pro­vided free lunch and snacks.

Skaters aged 6 to 19 from Drumheller and Hanna learned how to ol­lie, how to fall, and how to drop into half­pipes, among other skills.

The Drumheller and Area As­set Coali­tion is an or­ga­ni­za­tion made up of dif­fer­ent de­vel­op­men­tal groups in the area, in­clud­ing the Town of Drumheller, RCMP, EMS, schools, 4-H.

Mem­bers of the Drumheller RCMP and EMS at­tended the event, and Staff Sergeant Grant Mac­Don­ald said it’s worth their time when­ever Drum RCMP can sup­port ac­tiv­ity among youth.

“Skate­board­ers are an im­por­tant part of the com­mu­nity, and now they have an area (the skate park) where they are able to freely and safely play out­doors,” said Mac­Don­ald. “I’m proud that the skaters here have sup­ports like the town and their par­ents in place that en­cour­age skate­board­ing.”

“Just hav­ing a pres­ence here and de­vel­op­ing a con­nec­tion with youth is a good thing for us.”

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