Group gets Dubbo rolling

THE YOUTH of Dubbo have been encouraged to roll up today for registration for an upcoming competition at the Dubbo Skatepark with their boards, scooters and bikes in hand.

The registration day for the Dubbo Skatepark Comp is the brainchild of a group of passionate youth who banded together after the shock assault of one of their peers in April this year, which left the 16 year-old boy with a broken jaw.

Kellie Shipp has helped the group of 10 skatepark youth to organise the registration day for a local competition.

"I have been their voice in the adult world," she said.

"There are so many kids there with talent and nobody is taking an interest."

The group meets every two weeks under a tree near the skatepark and hope to develop quarterly local competitions, workshops for younger children that use the facilities and to build business opportunities from their passions.

"Tomorrow is a registration day for the competition that will start in February 2013," Mrs Shipp said.

The day will begin at 10am with $15 for registration with music to play throughout the event when the band, Silence the Throne, and the Dubbo Skater Dance Crew aren't entertaining the crowd.

The under-10, under-12, under-14 and under-16 riders then have a chance to take part in the skateboard, scooter and bike bowl exhibition from 1pm to 3pm.

From 5pm to 7pm riders aged 16 and over at immediate and advanced levels will take part in another skateboard, scooter and bike bowl exhibition. At 7.30pm there will be a street exhibition for all ages and categories.

Riders who wish to register are required to wear a helmet with parents required to sign a waver.

Those who attend the day are encouraged to bring their Super Soakers and buckets for water fights to be held throughout the day for a fun way to keep cool.

A barbecue will be available from 12pm to 2pm and then from 4pm to 7pm due to the sponsorship of the Dubbo City Council and the Dubbo Community Men's Shed.

Central West Nutrition will also have smoothies and sunscreen available throughout the day.

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