Jammers get ready to fly high

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 06:49 21/02/2013
Sonny Puru
Derek Flynn

Sonny Puru (Skateboard), Tom Driffill (Scooter) and Kewana McCormick (BMX) will all be competing in the event. Organisers Katrina Lange (left) and Keita McCormick (right) are looking on.

Tom Driffill
Derek Flynn
Tom Driffill (13)

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The Renwick skate park will be abuzz with skateboards, scooters and BMX kids competing in the the second annual Renwick SK8, BMX, Scooter Jam this Sunday.

The event was a huge success last year, with organiser Keita McCormick expecting it to be even better this year when it combines with the Marlborough 4 Fun Summer Concert Series.

"Last year it was basically a group of mums who were keen to put on a contest for their kids and it went really well with almost 60 kids entering," Keita said.

This year the contest has the backing of Marlborough 4 Fun as well as sponsor Avantiplus Blenheim, both of whom have committed themselves to the event for two years. Avantiplus has put a scooter and a BMX up as prizes and will have a longboard skateboard available to try out on the day. A skateboard prize has also been sponsored by Lazer Plumbing

"The organisation out there at Renwick is really good and we like helping people who go the extra mile to make something happen," Avantiplus Blenheim co-owner, Bill Mitchell said.

"We are committed to it for two years, which is excellent."

The day will kick off with registration from 10.30am and competition starting at 11am. Age categories for skateboarding, scooters and BMX will be 7 to 9, 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and an open class.

"Entry is $10 per person and kids can enter in more than one event if they want at no extra cost," Keita said. "We are really excited about the contest this year. We had about 15 kids come over from Nelson last year and we hear that there is an even bigger group coming this year."

Other than the contest, the day will also feature plenty of family fun with the summer concert activities like inflatable jousting, a bouncy castle, popcorn and candy floss stalls, Mr Whippy, face painting and the Ride on Marlborough challenge circuit. Live music will be provided by talented Marlborough girls band TAME, playing their impressive acoustic covers from 12.30pm.

This is the third and final event in the summer concert series, which has seen great days out in Picton and Blenheim so far. "We think its a great idea to partner with the Renwick Skate Club, who organised this contest last year, and the plan is to keep it a part of the Summer Concert series," Marlborough 4 Fun CEO, Katrina Lange said.

Registration can also be made prior to the event through Evelyn Mclean on 03 572 7494, 021 032 5634 or e-mail gaveve@slingshot.co.nz and places are limited.

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