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All-Indigenous skateboarding team a hit at Roebourne community event

Published: January 17, 2024 4:05pm

Forty children and young people from Roebourne and surrounding areas attended the Radicool Roebourne Youth Skate Day held at Roebourne PCYC.

PCYC and Fortescue joined forces to support the free community event, which featured four talented skateboarders from Songline Skateboarding, Australia’s first all-Indigenous skateboarding team.

Songline Skateboarding’s vision is to empower young people from different communities and cultures through skateboarding. They strive to help young people stay on a positive life path by getting involved in the sport.

The day began with a demo from the Songline team, with onlookers mesmerised as the talented skateboarders showed off their skills in the bowl.

Young people eagerly soaked up all the knowledge the team shared throughout the clinic, from the basics to some trickier skills. Participants were later invited to take their new talents for a spin in an open skate.

Safety was a top priority at the event, with Beyond Skate Perth kindly providing safety gear and boards and Fortescue providing plenty of water and shade to participants.

Later in the day, young people were able to explore their creativity by getting involved in a unique board painting session, made possible by Big hART- The Digital Lab.

With temperatures soaring to 43 degrees, Samson Ice Cream came to the rescue with sweet treats to cool down participants.

The event received significant support from several organisations across WA, demonstrating a collaborative effort to create a safe and enjoyable environment for young people in the Roebourne community. Roebourne PCYC was proud to provide staff, transportation, and the venue to make the event possible.

Thank you to the key event supporters:

  • Fortescue
  • Duratec
  • Vans
  • Songline Skateboarding
  • Fast Times
  • Hardcore
  • Beyond Skate
  • Rusty Australia
  • New Balance
  • Big hART

Photo credit: Fortescue