The children made a banner for the competition.
There was a good turnout despite a delay due to weather
The inaugural Leigh Skate Competition was held this month thanks to the initiative of local children.
It was organised by Joe Haggitt, 11, Calla Shears, 10 and Tommy Birch, 9, with a “bit of help” from mum Kate Shears.
The children made their own banner and designed a flier that was put up on Facebook.
The event saw 20 competitors in four categories – U10s, U15s, “surf skaters” and an open category for 16 and over.
It was well supported by local business. Spot prizes included a chips voucher from Leigh Eats, jars of honey from Honey by the Sea, hats, stickers, bracelets and T-shirts from Summer Sessions, and sunglasses from Merchants of Leigh.
The U10 winner was Ty Ruka, while the U15 winner was Poppy Shears, and the surf skate winner was Calla Shears.
Four men in their 20s and a local dad entered the open category. Rather than a single winner, each entrant was awarded a beer.
They performed an exhibition for spectators and helped with the judging of the children’s skating.
Kate Shears says the event was very well received and there were calls to hold it again some time.
She hopes that the event will draw Auckland Council’s attention to the state of the skate park which she says is “borderline dangerous”.
Before the event, the Shears, and Leigh residents John Stewart and Helen Williams acquired some asphalt and repaired cracks in the ramps.
The community raised $43 in koha to contribute towards the repair.