Scott Standley, skateboard coach, teaching Lachlan Smith (3) of Alstonville, at Missingham skate park in Ballina.
Scott Standley, skateboard coach, teaching Lachlan Smith (3) of Alstonville, at Missingham skate park in Ballina. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Youngsters pick up cool moves at Ballina Streetwise event

LACHLAN SMITH, of Alstonville, was a little bit nervous when he got on a skateboard yesterday morning, but by lunchtime he had picked up some cool new moves.

The three-year-old, his twin brother, Flynn, and their older siblings, seven-year-old twins Bella and Connor, headed to the Missingham Park skatepark at Ballina yesterday for the free skateboarding clinic run by Skate Boarding Australia's Northern Rivers Hub.

The children's dad, Jonathan Smith, said it was a fantastic family event.

"It's a great thing for the kids," he said.

"I'm hopeless on a skateboard so we thought we'd bring them down here to get some lessons from a professional.

"Lachie is the daredevil of the bunch; he's our little crash test dummy."

Hub co-ordinator Dylan McNamara said more than 20 kids had registered for the Streetwise program at Ballina, but plenty more turned up during the course of the sunny morning.

"We have, on average, about one clinic every two to three weeks, and they are all over the Northern Rivers, from Tweed to Clarence," he said.

"We teach kids the skateboarding basics, as well as park etiquette, safety and some tricks.

"The clinics cater for kids of all ages and we even get the parents joining in.

"Skateboards and helmets are supplied."

Skateboarding coach Scott Standley said kids were always keen to have a go.

"They pick it up so quickly," he said.

"But girls in particular just seem to have a knack for skating."


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