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Getting ready to celebrate as youth park build completion draws near

Zayne Francis, Jordon Virgl and Hayden Kinnear work on the Albany Youth Challenge Skate Park. (Jordon Virgl)

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Right, so is skating part of your life? How about riding? Or rolling? Maybe all three?

If so, now’s the time to get excited.

The Albany Youth Challenge Park is finally being launched. 

And what’s a launch without a celebration?

So, write it down: Friday the 24th of September, the Youth Challenge Park Official Launch Party is on from 4pm to 9pm.

Write it down, I’ll wait. Got it? Good. Honestly, there’s going to be something for everyone to take part in regardless of your skills. 

“The timing of our launch for Youth Challenge Park lined up perfectly with the biggest local biking event of the year, so locals and visitors can really give the new park a good test run”

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“The timing of our launch for Youth Challenge Park lined up perfectly with the biggest local biking event of the year, so locals and visitors can really give the new park a good test run,” said Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe.

Hosted by the City of Albany with help from the Australian Government - Community Health and Hospital Program, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Lotterywest, Albany Mountain Bike Club, and the City of Albany who is providing sponsorship along with the Road Safety Commission.

An aerial view of the Albany Youth Challenge Skate Park. (Jordon Virgl)

All wheels welcome

Coinciding with the annual Southern Peaks event, the Youth Challenge Park Launch Party will start with workshops for kids over the age of six (if they can follow instructions) from 4pm to 6pm.

If your kids are under the age of 12, you need to stay on site.

Skaters-in-training and enthusiasts can take part in Freestyle Now’s Skatepark Coaching Jam Sessions.

Freestyle Now members will be there to give advice and help you to improve your skills.

Skateboarders, two wheel scooter riders and those whose eyes were glued to the screen when watching the BMX riders at the Olympics are all invited. 

Trust us, you’ll be ok

Now, before your self-doubt creeps in, there are sessions for different experience levels.

The event facilitators will have a look at your progress and make sure that you’re advancing with confidence and with as little injuries as possible.

At these sessions, you’ll be able to learn new skills and boost your confidence, making your way through the Jam Session’s levels.

If you’re a beginner, you can join the session from 4pm to 5pm.

See yourself as an intermediate? Then the 5pm to 6pm session is for you.

Then it’s time to take the gloves off at the final all-in Jam Session from 6pm to 9pm. 

“The Youth Challenge Park will offer a safe, social setting for our youth to remain active, network with other likeminded people and develop their physical and mental competency”

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If you’re not taking part in the all-in Jam Session, you might be tempted by the food vendors, local businesses on display and a DJ for some entertainment. 

“The Youth Challenge Park will offer a safe, social setting for our youth to remain active, network with other like-minded people and develop their physical and mental competency,” Mr Sharpe continued. 

The Albany Youth Challenge Skate Park. (Jordon Virgl)

Remember to come prepared

Don’t forget that safety comes first. Make sure that you bring along your own equipment, your helmet and wear closed shoes. If you don’t, you won’t be able to participate.

Make sure that your equipment is fully functional too, as repairs can’t be done on site, and remember to bring some water and wear sunscreen. 

Organisers want to make sure that the workshop is fun, interesting and motivational for all who participate.

With easy going, relatable instructors the Freestyle Now team are ready to watch your skills grow. 

Click here to get your free tickets to the event. 

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