Skate­board­ers get their chance

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By BERNIE GRIF­FIN

The na­tional skate­board­ing cham­pi­onships are be­ing held in con­junc­tion with Porirua Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments at Te Rau­paraha Park on Thurs­day.

Ti­tahi Bay’s Ash­ley Smith, Porirua’s Dan Popata, Whitby’s Daniel Free­man and Tawa’s Mitch Jago are ex­pected to lead the Porirua charge for ti­tles.

Event man­ager Joel Mid­dle­miss said lo­cal rid­ers had the chance of a life­time.

‘‘Com­pe­ti­tion will be in­tense, but our lo­cal rid­ers have the skills and the tenac­ity to be up there with the best,’’ he said.

Mr Jago said Porirua City Coun­cil could take a bow for pro­vid­ing such a great pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity.

‘‘With­out that, th­ese cham­pi­onships in Porirua wouldn’t be hap­pen­ing.’’

The cham­pi­onships are merg­ing with Porirua Skate Jam and Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments in the Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Photo: DAVID READ

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Ti­tahi Bay rider Ash­ley Smith will be a draw­card at the na­tional skate­board cham­pi­onships at Te Rau­paraha Park on Wai­tangi Day.

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