Skateboarders get their chance
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.
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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.