New south-west competition thrills skateboarding twins

WARRNAMBOOL twins Jesse and Billy Abrahams’ travelling schedule for skateboarding events is set to drop. 

The brothers, 13, have skated for four years and competed for two, often driving to Melbourne for competitions.

They have thrown their support behind a new competition aimed at developing a clear pathway for skate, scooter and BMX talent in the south-west.

“I am looking forward to not having to drive four hours and only having to drive four minutes and to show everyone else what competition is like and what we have to do,” Jesse said.

The Barwon South Western League (BSWL) skate, BMX and scoot competition series will consist of seven stages in towns across the region. It will be launched in Warrnambool early next year.

YMCA and Warrnambool City Council will facilitate and manage heat one.

The Abrahams will judge at the Warrnambool round and compete in the other competitions in Geelong, Torquay, Portland, Camperdown, Port Fairy and Colac.

“They judge you on style, number of tricks and difficulty of tricks,” Billy said.

“I reckon they are all pretty hard.

“If I am trying a new trick I probably fall off a bit.”

The Brauer College year seven students will help run workshops in Warrnambool next month. 

The free two-day workshop will focus on coaching, officiating and event management.

Workshop participants can then volunteer at one or more of the competition stages. Jesse said he was excited to help with the workshops.

“I want to teach people how to skate and how much fun you can have,” he said.

“It’s not that scary. It’s giving it a go which counts.”

The teenagers said they loved skateboarding and were excited to have a localised competition.

Jesse said he loved the adrenalin of competing.

“It keeps me out of trouble, gives me something to do and something to aim for,” he said.

“It keeps me on my feet. I am not playing computer games.”

The workshops, for people aged between 12 and 25, will be held at Harbour Pavilion from 11am to 5pm on December 13 and 14.

Warrnambool will host round one of the BSWL series on February 2, 2013.

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