Ramping it up for 2023 Rave On skate competition

Published on 19 April 2023

The hunt for Tasmania's next skateboard champion is back on in earnest this week when the annual Rave On Wheels Skate competition returns for 2023.

Sponsored by the City of Launceston, the event is a partnership between The Y Hobart, AusCycling and Skate Australia and will be held at the Ravenswood Skate Park  on Friday, April 21.

The main competitive events on the day will feature a plethora of talented young skate, scoot and BMX stars of the future as they battle it out for ultimate bragging rights, as well as a tonne of valuable points that ultimately go towards the Tasmanian Regional Series League Ladders.

Launceston Mayor Danny Gibson said the event will form part of a much broader community day, with the support of Communities for Children (Anglicare Tas), who are inviting stallholders in the youth services space.

"Last year's event was an absolutely tremendous day with more than 40 competitors taking part and I know the Council and all the organisers are extremely confident it will be even bigger and better this year," Mayor Gibson said.

YMCA Action Sports operations director Matthew Brett said that the competition welcomed competitors of all ages and abilities.

"Athletes can compete to be crowned the winner of not only Ravenswood but also the Tasmanian Northern Series, with points from each round accumulating throughout the year to decide the best of 2023," Mr Brett said.

"Those still finding their feet will also have an opportunity to have a go, improve skills and confidence and interact with the pros."

Prizes will also be raffled off between competitors so everyone has a chance at taking something home, Mr Brett added

Mayor Gibson said the free, family friendly event was open to the public and will include a barbecue, face painting, youth service stalls, giveaways and much more

"Even if you don't skate, I'd still encourage people to come along because we have some really spectacular skaters and BMX riders in Northern Tasmania and they are well worth seeing.

Competitors can register online at skateparkleagues.com.

What: Rave On Wheels

When: Friday, April 21 from 11am to 4pm

Where: 5 Prossers Forest Road, Ravenswood


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