King of the Krater

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Homebase Youth Service is a Youth and Indigenous community support service focusing on youth events, activities and programs, support and referral, one on one case management and advocacy and representation for young people. Briony Joyce is a qualified Youth Worker who runs youth events, plans programs in the local high schools, as well as handling case management for youth aged 12 to 24. Here, Briony updates us about the King of the Krater event, which will take place on April 6.

his will be the 9th year King of the Krater has been held. How did the idea to organise the event first come about?

In the early days of King of the Krater, young people set up a small committee to promote an event during Youth Week. The competition evolved due to extensive consultation with the local youth who use the skate park, to see whether they would be interested in competing in a community event such as this.

The spirit around the day proved to be fantastic and it showed that if you put an event together that the young people really want to be a part of, and one which they’re really interested in, then it brings out the best in them.

When and where will this year’s event be held?

King of the Krater will be held on Saturday 6 April at the Tuncurry Skate Park ‘Fazio Park’, Point Road, Tuncurry, with registration starting at 8.30am.

What will happen on the day – what are some of the different events/categories involved?

There are three events: Skate, BMX and Scooter with three categories in each event, Under 12, Under 17 and Opens. Whilst all entrants are encouraged to wear the appropriate safety gear, it will be compulsory for the Under 12 category to wear helmets.

After registration, the heats will start at 10am and run throughout the morning. There will be a short break for lunch, with some novelty activities to entertain the crowds before the finalists are announced. Throughout the day to keep everything flowing, there will be the opportunity for spectators and competitors to showcase their skills in the skate bowl.

Finals will start at around 2pm, with the finalists competing to show their best tricks in order to be crowned King of the Krater 2013 in the individual categories.

While the scores are being tallied, there will be another opportunity for free riding before the winners are announced at the Presentation at around 3pm.

The focus on the day will be on the competition; however, it’s also a great fundraising opportunity, with all funds raised being donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, who will be providing an affordable BBQ and drinks for all to enjoy. As usual, we will also be having a young DJ at the event to keep spectators entertained throughout the day.

And this year for something different, we are enhancing our youth focus by including a sustainability expo. The display titled ‘Our World, Our Future … Starts With Me’ is being delivered by a group of local young people who’ve been meeting at Homebase over the past few months to learn about sustainability.

The Sustainability Champions project has organised informational and photographical displays to highlight some of the issues that affect young people in this community.

How many people are you expecting will attend on the day?

King of the Krater drew a crowd of over 500 people last year, living up to its billing as the best event yet and following on from the success last year, we are expecting even bigger numbers for 2013.

What prizes will be offered on the day?

The Under 12 and Under 17 categories will receive some fantastic prizes for first, second and third spots, like skateboard decks and parts, stickers, scooters, bike parts, hats, wristbands, clothing, vouchers etc, all of which have been kindly donated by our loyal sponsors.

The Open categories will receive cash prizes of $300 for first place, $150 for second place and $50 for third.

Who are some of the local individuals/organisations you’d like to thank for their support?

I’d really like to thank some our local supporters: Saltwater Wine, Jungle Surf, NCAC Stash House, Forster Cycles, Tuncurry Bowling Club, Forster Surf & Sport, Great Lakes Advocate, Iguana Surfwear, Great Lakes Council, Mick Perry Concreting, Tuncurry Post Office, JR Richards & Sons, Forster Sports & Tackle, Club Forster, SES Nabiac, Forster Printing and 101.5 Great Lakes FM Radio.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Ted Bickford, Graffiti Buster and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service representative, who not only rallies round collecting sponsorship money and donations for King of the Krater, but is also a terrific advocate for young people in the area.

King of the Krater coincides with Youth Week. What does Youth Week mean to you personally?

Youth Week is a fantastic time of year to engage with the young people in the area. It’s the time of year where local youth really show that they are a valuable part of the community.

Do potential entrants have to register for King of the Krater, and are there costs involved?  

Yes, they can register on the day. Registration opens at 8.30am on Saturday 6 April and there will be a registration tent set up at the Skate Park. Entry is only $5. For more information about the event, please contact Briony Joyce at Homebase Youth Service on 6555 5622 or 0407 792 608.

Thanks Briony.

This article can be found in issue 74 of Manning-Great Lakes
This article can be found in issue 74 of Manning-Great Lakes

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