THE Upper Hunter Community Services’ (UHCS) Youth Development project was successful in receiving a grant through the BHP Benefiting My Community program.
And, this funding enabled UHCS to host the inaugural Totem Skateboarding-Scooter, BMX and Skate Competition late last month.
The day was a huge hit with more than 40 competitors and 150 spectators attending the sessions.
“The tournament was a huge success and it was a pleasure to be a part of such a positive day,” UHCS community and youth development officer Bec Eveleigh said.
UHCS community development officer Mel Atkinson added it was “great that the competitors received acknowledgment for the years of hard work they have put into their sport”.
“It was a terrific day with so much talent showcased within our community,” she said.
“One of the highlights was the way in which the competitors encouraged each other and got involved in the commentating of the day.
“This really stood out.
“We’re looking forward to seeing more opportunities like this in the community.”
Local competitor Mitch Dalton also praised the event.
“Being involved in the comp makes me realise how much the skate park helped me over the years, especially when I was a young teenager,” he explained.
“I watched some of the competitors ride for the first time years ago and they used to ask me a million questions about how to compete, so it was awesome to see them in a comp.
“The whole day really shined a light on a place that most people see as a negative influence.
“It was a great community day and I was so proud to be involved.”
Upper Hunter Community Services would like to thank BHP Mt Arthur Coal and the community for getting behind the event and supporting the competitors.