Fun on wheels at opening of new Chichester skatepark

NEARLY 100 skaters took part in a ‘Sk8 Jam’ to celebrate the opening of Chichester’s new skate park.

Competitors aged from eight to 30 performed a range of tricks and combinations in front of a panel of judges.

More than 400 spectators watched the event, which was held at the skate park at Westgate Leisure Chichester.

Competitors ranged in ability from the novice to the semi-professional.

They performed in separate blade, board and bike competitions.

There were over-16 and under-16 categories in each.

The competition attracted competitors from around Sussex and from as far away as Weymouth and Basingstoke.

Cllr Eileen Lintill, district council cabinet member for leisure and wellbeing, said skating was a good form of exercise for people of all ages.

“It is great fun and has the added advantage of being able to be enjoyed indoors or outside,” she said.

“The Sk8 Jam session attracted experienced skaters and those who have never tried in-line skating before to give it a go.”

The event was organised in a partnership between ESP skate shop in Chichester and the district council, and was supported by Odyssey, Ground Control, Razors, United, Etnies and Proper.

It was hosted by professional skater Jamie Stenner from ESP, who said: “It was amazing to see so many people from all over the south travelling to the new skate park.

“The standard of the competitors was high in all three sports and spectators told me what a great day they’d had.”