DARLINGTON Point skater Ray Hearne has finished third in the Riverina Skate Championships held over the Easter weekend in Leeton.
Competing in the open competition for skaters he was defeated by Siim Sild from Estonia and Griffith skater Matt Withers
It was the second year in a row an Estonian has taken out the competition after Edgar Kiisa won last years event.
“They must put something in the water over there,” said Nigel Cameron from Totem Skate School, who ran the event.
“Siim had some really great flow for the park and he used the entire park really well.”
It was as close as a Griffith skater came to success with the rest of the divisions dominated by Leeton performers.
Leeton’s Jack Cantrill was a consistent performer across categories as he picked up two second places in the under 17s for BMX and under 17s in the skate competitions.
Apart from Sild, the other notable performer from out of the region was Lucas Smith and Brendan Wildman.
Smith came down from Albion Park for the competition and finished third in the open scooter competition.
Wildman coming down from Campbelltown competed in the under 12 division for skate and finished runner-up to Tyler O’Connell.
Cameron was also pleased to see the community continuing to get right behind the competition.
“We have seen the community get much more behind the event,” he said.
“I would estimate that numbers have doubled even just in recent years.”
I would estimate that numbers have doubled even just in recent years.Nigel Camero, Totem Skate School.
Cameron thinks this is great for the skate park because it is attracting people who would not usually use the facilities.
“The event is great for the community to be able to see what the kids are doing at the skate park,” he said.
“I would just like to thank everybody who came along on the day and added to the atmosphere.”
Cameron praised the performance of all of the participants especially those taking part in the scooter competitions which saw some creative tricks.
“The tricks that they guys were pulling off in the competition can take ages to perfect,” he said.
“The skaters also showed off some pretty good skills as a group not just Siim.”
The competition is held as part of Totem Skateboardings three week trip around Australia which sees them put on 33 events in 23 days with the Leeton competition marking the halfway mark.
Cameron was pleased to see many of the skater coming along for the tour offering advice and talking to the parents after the event.