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Young locals have enjoyed a host of skate board activities through the YMCA this year.
Bass Coast skate parks wrap-up
IT HAS been a great year for
skateboard, scooter and BMX ac-
tivities for young people in the Bass
Spring and summer are the sea-
sons we run our joint YMCA Bass
Coast Skate Park and FReeZA
events giving young people in the
area an opportunity showcase their
talents in skate, scoot and BMX rid-
Young locals were also given the
chance to MC, DJ, judge as well as
perform live music to their peers
and the community.
The participation and community
support was great with over 1000
spectators and over 100 competi-
tors in 2015.
Cowes Skate Park started off the
year with the Australia Day Week-
end Competition in January.
Inverloch Skate Park hosted heat
2 of the Gippsland Regional Skate
Park Series in February which
makes its way across seven parks
in the Gippsland area.
Wonthaggi Skate Park hosted
heat 7 of the South Eastern Skate-
park Series in April which makes
its way across 13 parks across the
South Eastern region.
Unfortunately the event had to be
cancelled due to bad weather this
It was exciting to have Cowes
Skate Park host a jam session for
young locals as part of the second
annual National Skate Park Day on
September 13, 2015 which had fan-
tastic community support and great
Inverloch Skate Park hosted a
competition as part of the Bass
Coast Cycle Challenge Family Festi-
val on November 14, 2015.
This was our biggest event of the
year as we had the launch of the
Trax street art at Inverloch Skate
Park by Mary Sullivan and the May-
or Cr Jordan Crugnale.
The event saw about 40 young
people compete and over 400 spec-
tators throughout the day.
FReeZA provided live music by
Bass Coast local artists and bands
on the day.
Some of the standout competi-
tors for 2015 were Josh Sheerin,
Jayden (PJ) Hallett, Adam and
Jacob Knowles, Caleb Chiron and
Bayliss and Tarqyn Benton to name
but a few.
Shaolin Benton was the only fe-
male competitor in the competition
and shredded it on the skateboard
along with her little brother Caleb,
who was the youngest skater at four
years of age.
The calibre of skate, scoot and
BMX from all locals was great and
definitely a lot to look out for in the
FReeZA provided live music by
Bass Coast locals such as Dan
Lunn, Sami Vanston, The Weight
of Silence, The Times and Deanne
Battaglia at our Skate Park events.
These events are supported by
local businesses Vortex Surf Skate
Snow, Crossover Cycles and Island
Surfboards as well as community
groups such as The Inverloch Lions
Club, Shadow Security and Phillip
Island and Wonthaggi Scouts.
In 2016 YMCA Bass Coast have
some big skate park competitions
and jams lined up for you to look
out for such as the Vortex James
Noble Memorial Skate only Comp,
the 2016 Gippsland Regional Skate
Park Series, Cowes Skate Park
Comp and the 2016 South Eastern
Skate Park Series.
There will be heaps of prizes for
participants and great local live
music entertainment for all ages.
Keep an eye out for these events
and come support skate, scoot and
BMX riding as well as local music
in the Bass Coast.
There will be skate park trips to
parks across Victoria including the
new Noble Park Skate Park, The
Shed, and The Bunker as we get
into the fall and winter season.
YMCA Bass Coast will be running
skate park sessions as part of the
school holidays Vacation Care pro-
grams as an introduction to skate
If you are a skateboard, BMX or
scooter coach and looking to help
with developing these skate park
activities please get in touch.
For further information on Skate
Park and Freeza events in the Bass
Coast area please like our pages
SkateParks and www.facebook.
com/BassCoastFreeza or feel free
to contact the YMCA Bass Coast
Youth Programs Coordinator, Fy-
bian Chakaodza on 0359522811,
0356724194 or fybian.chakaod-
YMCA staff supervise a skate park event in 2015.
IT WAS the last meet before the
Christmas break and tempera-
tures were due to soar, so 73 Won-
thaggi Little Athletes turned up
early at the track to beat the heat.
One hundred and one PBs were
recorded for the day and four cen-
tre records were broken.
James Lewis broke the Under 10
Boys’ turbo javelin record with a
throw of 34.02 metres.
Sandra Grey jumped 1.34 me -
tres in the Under 12 Girls high
jump to add three centimetres to
the old record.
While Under 9 boy, Archie
Terlich, had a magical day, break-
ing the 1100m walk record with a
time of 7.42.91 and breaking the
turbo javelin record with a throw
of 34.98 metres.
A reminder that registrations are
now open for the State multi- event
and the Track and Field Regional
Registrations are done online via
the Little Athletics Victoria web -
The committee would like to
wish everyone a safe and Happy
Christmas and New Year.
The next Saturday meet will be
4 PBs: Under 9 Boys - Archie
Terlich, turbo javelin, long jump,
1100m walk, 70m.
Under 10 Girls - Chloe Butcher,
turbo javelin, long jump, 1100m
Under 11 Boys - Ashton Hewit-
son and Kade Rigby, shot put, high
jump, 70m, 400m.
Under 11 Girls - Laetitia Pugh,
shot put, high jump, 70m, 400m.
Under 12 Boys - Will Carter, shot
put, high jump, 70m, 1500m walk.
3 PBs: Under 6 Boys - Jarvis Dal-
ton, high jump, 70m, 200m.
Under 9 Boys - Nash Carter, tur-
bo javelin, long jump, 70m.
Under 10 Girls - Marli Carter,
turbo javelin, 1100m walk, 70m.
Under 11 Girls - Summer Duff,
high jump, 70m, 400m; Faith
Stewart-Walters, shot put, high
jump, 70m; Tevuro Ihomana Mont-
gomery, 1500m walk, 70m, 400m.
Early start for Little Aths
WHEN Phillip Island net-
ballers Jessica Gysberts
and Jess Drazzi set off in
late November to play their
chosen sport in Barbados
they knew they were head-
ing for an adventure but
they were uncertain as to
how thrilling this would
They had taken up the
opportunity to play with
25 other young netball
players from across the
nation and organised by
a sporting company, Wan-
It was a challenge that
gave these girls the experi-
ence of playing in another
country, and as they found
out, against the best in
Along with team mates,
Jessica and Jess played
five games against local
schools and two games
against the Barbados Na-
tional Team. The climatic
conditions were very dif-
ferent for these girls who
are not used to playing
outdoors and in 29-34 de-
gree humidity. They also
had limited time to bond
together as the Aussie girls
were not used to playing
with each other as a team.
Although they found it
difficult to find their feet
in the first game against a
local school the girls still
came away with a respect-
able win. Over the next
week they experienced
the highs and lows of in-
ternational competition in
losing to the Barbados Na-
tional Under 16 team on
But they were able to
end the competition on a
high when they had a big
win against the Barbados
Schools Champion team.
This adventure was a
lifetime experience for
the girls, as they got to
play some great netball
and learn more about the
culture and life of this
developing country. With
the company and sup-
port of family members,
they enjoyed going to lo-
cal markets and even had
the thrill of going on a boat
cruise to see turtles swim-
ming in the ocean.
On the way home they
all spent four days in Los
Angeles taking in differ-
ent sights including Santa
Monica Pier, Disneyland
and the Hollywood walk of
Jessica and Jess re-
turned home delighted
netballers and excited,
On court in Barbados
Phillip Island netballers Jess Drazzi (left) and Jes-
sica Gysberts (right) were thrilled to meet Latonia
Blackman (centre), vice captain of the Barbados
National Team during a recent netball competition
held in the Caribbean.
Jonathan Rea, 2015
World Superbike cham-
pion arrived home on
New Year’s Eve to a warm
welcome, with his wife
Tatia and two baby sons.
Signs were put in place
on the Phillip Island
Tourist Road to welcome
Jonathan back to Phil-
lip Island where he will
defend his title in round
one of the World Super-
bikes in late February.
Jonathan, and wife Ta-
tia and their two young
sons, Jake and Tyler are
currently staying with
Tatia’s parents in Cowes.
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