Bathurst skills sessions to be held before Bluntside series kicks off

A SKILLS session will be held at Bathurst Skatepark on Sunday ahead of the Bluntside Skatepark Series in Bathurst on September 16.

This is the inaugural year of the competition, which was developed to encourage more young people in regional areas to get involved in action sports. 

Event organiser Ricky Konza said opportunities have always been limited and Bluntside aims to combat that problem by bringing skateboarding, BMX and scooter competitions to regional areas. 

"The idea was pretty much to give regional kids the opportunity that the previous generation never got," he said. 

“Me being a bit older now, I’ve been there and done it, and I had to find my own path and move away a bit.” 

Bathurst will be the second stop of the series, which will start in Manildra on September 9 and will also visit Cowra, Parkes, Orange, Dubbo, Young, Millthorpe and Mudgee. 

When the competition comes to Bathurst, there will be open categories for men and women, a 16 years and under mixed category and a 12 years and under mixed category. 

Winners will progress to the final in Orange on January 29, 2019. There will also be a wildcard spot up for grabs. 

To register for the competition, visit www.australianskateboarding.com/events/bluntside-skatepark-series-2018-bathurst.

The final will be a qualifier for the skateboard state titles. 

To help young people prepare for the competition, two free skills clinics will be offered at the Bathurst Skate Park. 

These will be held on Sunday, September 2 and Saturday, September 8, both running between 11am and 2pm.

"It doesn't matter what age or what skillset, we're there to give you equal opportunities," Mr Konza said. 

As he will also be the head judge of the competition, Mr Konza is happy to provide tips to help people improve. 

Free barbecues will also be in operation at the skills sessions.