FLIP IT: The Skateboard Revolutions Workshop team showing their skills.
FLIP IT: The Skateboard Revolutions Workshop team showing their skills. Blake Antrobus

Skateboarding not just for city kids

SKATEBOARDING: For Donny Fraser, being able to pull off tricks or maintain balance aren't the key skills for teaching skateboarding - it's being able to relate to the kids.

And he should know.

More than 100 St George children attended Fraser's Revolutions Skateboarding Workshop at St George Skate Park on Saturday.

As the co-ordinator of the program and a former sponsored skateboarder, Fraser said the program was about making the sport accessible to regional areas and showing children there were great skateboarding opportunities available.

"We want to make sure that we don't make (skateboarding) a metro-exclusive sport," he said.

"We coach kids, teach them tricks and show them what to do and do some demonstrations, as there's no trainers out here in the regions."

St George is just one of the stops for the workshop team, having made trips through Goondiwindi, Boggabilla and Alice Springs this year.

The team also includes competitive skater Josh Weribone, who won the 2016 Inala Wolves of Street and PCYC competition.

Fraser commended the attendees of the workshop and their efforts to have a go.

"We've had a massive reception, with over 100 people coming through. The kids get quite excited with the boards and some of the demonstrations," he said.

"Skateboarding gives kids a bit of grounding, especially those at risk in the community.

"We work closely with youth organisations and know how to relate to them - skateboarding gives some kids an escape.

"Bush kids have no fear, so they pick up the skills better. Out there they're carving it up!"

As a program of the Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative, the Revolutions Skateboarding Workshops routinely offer tours for regional areas and operates centres throughout the country.

The group also helps sustain local skateboard shops.


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