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Go Skate Day

International Go Skate Day is a chance for skaters to celebrate the sport and bring fresh ideas to see the local community grow.

Jack Dowden, 26, moved to Darwin in July 2017 for uni and threw himself in the Top End skate scene.

The skater is now working with local organisations to strengthen the sport in the Territory and create opportunities to get fresh faces down at the park.

“Some local orgs have jumped on board to really develop and grow the skating scene in Darwin and the NT,” he says.

“There will be more events and workshops in the near future, and we’ve got the backing of some companies down south like Vans and Passport who are willing to get behind the events.”

Dowden has skated in almost every continent since he picked up a board at 14 years old.

“I really like the community,” he says. “There’s lots of different people from diverse backgrounds – from a young age you’re mingling with different age groups which helps boost your confidence and social skills.

“Skating also encourages young people to get outside and helps develop confidence, self expression and self esteem – and patience, definitely patience,” he laughs.

In his travels, Dowden has seen effective programs in other cities, which he hopes to start in Darwin.

“In Phoenix my friends started a program called Skate After School where they provide help for young skaters,” he says.

“Seeing how beneficial these programs are is a big motivator for me and it’s inspired me to want to do something similar in Darwin.”

Darwin skaters can get down to Jingili Skate Park for the usual Wednesday night skate jam and a pizza party celebration on June 20. There’s more action on June 21 at The Shak, which will be transformed into a pop-up skate park for Go Skate Day.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come down and try skating,” Dowden says.

“Don’t be shy – everyone is very friendly.”

Skate Pizza Party | Wed 20 Jun | 6-8pm | Jingili Skate Park | Free

Go Skate Day | Thu 21 Jum | 2.30-5pm | The SHAK Youth Centre, Casuarina | Free

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