Scooter-mad may­hem in Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON Mata­mata.edi­

THEY of­ten find them­selves tak­ing a bit of flack for rid­ing their scoot­ers on foot­paths and in other pub­lic places but last Tues­day skil­ful scooter rid­ers were cel­e­brated in Mata­mata.

Jaxon An­drawartha, 17, is part of the Team Aus­tralia Madd Gear Pro Scooter team and while he was in town vis­it­ing his mother and sis­ter he de­cided to head to the skate park.

He wanted to see if any­one would be in­ter­ested in com­pet­ing in a scooter rid­ing competition.

Jaxon got more of a re­sponse than he ex­pected.

About 60 peo­ple con­gre­gated at the skate park last Tues­day to watch some of Mata­mata’s finest scooter rid­ers in ac­tion.

‘‘This is mas­sive in Aus­tralia. It’s re­ally start­ing to catch on here though.’’

Prizes worth $750 were awarded to rid­ers who were first, sec­ond and third or to those who helped out.

Par­tic­i­pants in the competition were judged on gen­eral tech­nique in­clud­ing the best trick.

Sean McFadyen was crowned the king of the Mata­mata scooter­ing scene with Wy­att Pem­ber­ton com­ing sec­ond fol­lowed by Kyle Smith.

A num­ber of other scooter­ing com­pe­ti­tions were held by Madd Gear around the coun­try in­clud­ing in Auck­land and Welling­ton.

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