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Stunts and tricks galore at Harold Hill skate park competition

PUBLISHED: 14:47 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:38 26 October 2015

Skateboarders and scooter-ists competing in a contest at the Central Park skate parkin Harold Hill

Skateboarders and scooter-ists competing in a contest at the Central Park skate parkin Harold Hill

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Skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders showed off their best ollies and grinds in a bid to be crowned champion on Sunday.

The competition at Central Park skate park, Harold Hill, attracted about 100 people with competitors aged between eight and 19.

Mark Gadsden, youth leader at myplace, Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill, said: “It was a very good day and an event that showed how excellent the Central Park skate park is and how well it can be used for people that enjoy urban sports.”

The young athletes competed in different levels and disciplines from beginners to accomplished riders.

Those who were new to the sports were given hints and tips from those more experienced.

Mark added: “Part of this is always that older ones encourage younger ones. There is a lot of peer support and peer mentoring to help each other get better.”

As well as competing for the chance to be named champion skaters and their parents enjoyed music and could drop into a yellow bus with televisions and computer games while not perfecting tricks on the ramps.

Girls as well and boys took part in the competition, where riders also learnt how to stay safe at the skate park.

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