Scooter whiz in top form
Mita Timpson is on a high after his success in the Tasman Skatepark Tour contest.
He was named overall joint winner with Tuts Kinita in the scooter section in the final competition at Jubilee Park in Richmond on Saturday.
The tall 18-year-old athlete, whose arsenal of tricks includes back flips, impressed the 250-strong crowd and the judges.
The Tasman District Council-run contest has been held at its six community skateparks this month and Mita competed in all of them, winning five and coming second in the sixth.
"He was consistent across all six heats and showed dedication turning up to all six," said community recreation officer Paul McConachie.
The contests had drawn good crowds - the biggest were in Richmond and Motueka but smaller centres such as Brightwater and Tapawera had also attracted enthusiastic support, he said.
The competition had about 60 entries, with 40 of those following the whole tour.
While skateboarding and biking were initially popular, during the past couple of years, scootering had increased. "I've noticed over the years the tricks are getting harder and they are pushing the boundaries a lot more," he said.
The tour was a chance for those who worked hard on their tricks all year to show them off and they got to spend a few weeks with their friends, meet new ones and teach younger ones new skills.
The overall BMX winner was Dylan Boffa-Martin and the skateboard winner was Reggie McDonald.
The Nelson Mail