WORLD INDUSTRIES YOUTH WEEK 2014 WRAP

World Industries Go Skateboarding for Youth Week has wrapped up for 2014 and what an incredible chapter it was! This year our team of fully accredited coaches hit 27 locations nation-wide for a week of shredding, encouraging the youth of Australia to get on a board with Learn to Skateboard sessions, demos, comps and heaps of prizes.

Check out the clip above to see the highlights of the week. SbA sends a HUGE thank you once again to National Youth Week, World Industries, the Australian Sports Commission and all the councils involved as well as everyone who turned up!

Below is an overview from the key states involved.

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QUEENSLAND
“QLD’s Youth Week 2014 was bigger and better than ever with ten new locations being hit. Brisbane’s coaching superstar Patty G was on the road again this time with Mat ‘Chiggy’ Chigwidden, firstly stopping in at Mackay’s Sarina Skatepark. Patty and Chiggy were then off to Isaac for a mammoth six days of events! Hitting Glenden, Nebo, Moranbah, Clermont, Dysart and Middlemount, the youth of Isaac were in for one epic week of skateboarding!

Further south, the epic Sunshine Coast crew of Leon and Rudi hit up the town of Gayndah. Have you seen their skatepark? Amazing. This was the second time these legends have been there as a result and the turn out was huge. Also, hitting up Ipswich was local Rob Madden with the help of some legendary Brisbane coaches. Springfield Skatepark was up first, Bundamba second and finally legendary coaches Jay Hetherington and Sarah Huston hit up Thornlands Skatepark in Redland City. This skatepark is the home to some serious shredders so it was no surprise that the youth were little rippers themselves.

A massive thankyou to Isaac Regional Council, Redland City Council, Ipswich City Council, Uniting Care Community, Mackay Regional Council and the Active After School Communities for making this all possible. A huge shout out also to the coaches involved, epic work!”Jim Dandy – Queensland Development Manager

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA
“National Youth Week 2014 was a huge success in Western Australia. In WA we don’t have the luxury of school holidays during NYW so we had to pack all our events into two massive weekends! Even with this challenge we saw an increase in event locations and an increase in youths participating in our FREE skateboarding programs!

On the first weekend we had clinics running in Kalbarri (Mid West), Geraldton (Mid West) and Toodyay (Wheat Belt), while on the Second weekend we had clinics running in Bunbury (South West), Melville (Perth), Northam, Merredin and Koorda (Wheatbelt).

All these locations saw a mix of FREE Skateboarding clinics, Grommie Games, Ollie comps and Games of SKATE! Heaps of prizes were handed out and plenty of good times were had by everyone involved.

Huge thanks to our local WA partners: Department of Sport and Recreation, City of Bunbury, City of Greater Geraldton, Shire of Northam, Shire of Toodyay, City of Melville, Shire of Northampton, Shire of Koorda and the Merredin Agricultural Society.” Ben Bowring – Western Australia State Manager

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
“Dan Ivett and Beau Hinge are two of the happiest Adelaide skateboarders we know. They both spend time each week teaching the ways of the wizard-plank to the next gen. They were assigned the task of bouncing to the ‘Roo’s (Pinnaroo and Lameroo) to inject a bit of amp into the countryside of South Australia. The first day at Lameroo was a tiny bit, not lame, but lack-lustre due to a couple of factors. Seems there was a farmer’s fair happening on the day that diverted a check of the youth; the local paper confusing the dates didn’t help. Nevertheless, the few lucky kids that did come received some extra quality time with Dan and Beau. The second day at Pinnaroo was a great success. The skatepark was more user-friendly, the crowd was bulging, and the weather sparkled. Ivett commented on the amazing country hospitality they received on the trip, and mentioned the youth were well mannered and genuinely stoked to have a visit from such interesting people: skateboarders. A huge thanks to the Southern Mallee District Council for making this all possible.”Richard Flude – South Australian Zone Manager

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VICTORIA
“Victoria was blessed by numerous Youth Week events this year. The harsh Victorian summer saw Morwell in a vale of smoke due to its Hazelwood coalmine fire, but the fires had stopped due to solid Country Fire Authority efforts and rain. Luckily as Youth Week set in and myself and Chris Buckman were setting up for the day, the rain ended. Many kids rocked up to get their shred on, and some older crew even made the effort to get involved as the day rolled on. Chris Buckman then went to the coveted Rosehill Skatepark with the one and only Brett Royden for a heavy Sunday session. Clear skies and amped youth in East Keilor that day!

Royden then travelled to Wodonga for the second weekend joined by the Murray Hub’s Matt Billings and Ross Keating. Another great skatepark with parting clouds for the festivities of RedFest (Wodonga’s wider Youth Week celebration). Day One was busy; Brett even managed to get on the WIN (regional Nine) news with the added bonus: the NSW kids were now on school holidays! This saw a few Albury heads getting involved. From all reports great times were had in Wodonga, while at the same time Chris Buckman and myself headed to the golden plains of Bannockburn. It was raining, but fortunately the local Primary School allowed us to set up in a sheltered corridor. They even had a skateboard graphic design workshop happening in the classroom! It eventually dried and we skated the basketball courts for a while. After lunch, it was off to the skatepark: WOW! The place is well sculpted and painted! Christiaan Bailey, an internationally renowned wheelchair stuntman, did a demo, and was joined by Jesse Abrahams who proceeded to win the best trick comp over the turtle obstacle. He graciously gave his World Industries deck to young Koby, who was riding a battered board. Once again, skateboarding prevailed in bringing out the best in people.

 A huge thanks to Golden Plains Shire Council, Latrobe City Council, City of Moonee Valley, City of Wodonga and the Southern Mallee District Council for making this all possible.”Richard Flude – Victorian Zone Manager

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