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Wednesday Skate Jam

Whether you're an old hat, haven’t done it for years or are an enthusiastic newbie, Wednesday skate night at Jingili Park is your time to roll with Darwin’s growing skateboarding scene.

Thanks to the City of Darwin’s LAUNCH program, this weekly evening gathering is on for another Dry season – and the family is getting bigger. Teaming up with local skate store Proper, the night regularly attracts more than 30 boarders and plenty of spectators for fun and flips. 

Council’s Skate Development Officer Hannah Illingworth says given the physical and social benefits of the sport, supporting and growing it makes a lot of sense. 

“It’s accessible to everyone. Most skate parks are open all hours of the day and it doesn’t matter what your age, sex, or religion is. When it comes down to it, you or I could get on a board right now and reap the benefits,” she said. 

With skateboarding becoming an Olympic sport in 2016, Illingworth says the sky’s the limit, and the recent Street Heat multi-division competition in Darwin was testament to the skill and potential of Darwin riders.

Wednesday nights are definitely about giving everyone the opportunity to have a go. 

“It’s creative. Everyone has their own style and their reasons for being there. It’s good for people who aren’t into team sports but it’s also a chance to be part of an awesome community.”

A skater herself, Illingworth says it’s something you just have to experience. 

“I personally love the feeling of moving faster than I ever will on my feet. So much happens so quickly that you really do have to just do it. It’s a lot of feeling and little time for thinking, which can be a hard thing to find.”

For more information go to launchdarwin.com.au

Thumbnail image by Charlie Bliss.

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