Young riders clean up at national scooter competition

The hard work and dedication of young scooter riders and their coaches has paid off.

Several young riders, who train at Korrupt Indoor Skate Park, had podium finishes at the Australasian Scooter Titles last month.

Skate park owner Andrew Mining could not be prouder of all Korrupt competitors and especially the juniors and one senior who placed.

Towradgi's Angus Hughes came home with a second place finish and is off to Barcelona, Spain for the World Titles in June.

“The riders did a great job to get to the national titles,” Mining said.

“It is extremely difficult to get onto the podium when competing against so many other good riders so our riders should be proud of their achievements.”

St Andrew’s Emma Watson came third in the under 14 girls, Blair Athol’s Sascha Hoffman placed third in the under 12s and Wollongong’s Matt Ashea came third in the under 16s category.

Mining said Hughes’ goal was to make it to the finals of the world competition.

“Competing in the worlds will allow him to ride against the top competitors in Europe,” he said. “It’s a great experience.”

Campbelltown Council funded a pilot program to give the Korrupt scooter coaches accreditation.

Mining said the results of the coaching were seen in the success of the riders’ results.

“The accreditation gives the coaches value and worth,” he said.

“One of our coaches, Adam Bolton, is an ex-professional rider so it is great for him to pass on his experience to the next generation.”

Mining said scooter riding was an extreme sport where competitors did tricks.

Australasian Scooter Association claims scooter riding is the fastest-growing action sport in Australia.

“In the next few years, scooter riding will be recognised as a popular sport like skateboarding and eventually I think it will be allowed into the Commonwealth Games or Olympics,” Mining said.

“The competitions showcase what skills the riders have and the tricks they can complete.”

The park owner said the riders were a tight-knit group.

“Some of the riders are at the skate park every day,” Mining said.

“The riders have strong bond and mateship.

“Generally the boys who ride don’t excel at school but they can perform the most amazing tricks.

“We have made the skate park a place where kids want to come because they can ride with their mates and hang out on the lounges watching television.”

Details: Korrupt Indoor Skate Park website or on Facebook